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Sun Tanning Myths

1) TANNING SALONS ARE SAFE

Dr. Fein says not so. Anytime you subject your body to direct UVA or UVB light, you are damaging your skin.

2) GET A BASE TAN BEFORE GOING ON VACATION

Many people believe that getting a good base will prevent blistering and burns later on. While that may be true, Dr. Fein says that it doesn't make the tan any healthier. In the end, it just means more damage to your skin overall.

3) THE HIGHER THE SPF, THE MORE PROTECTION

According to a Neutrogena Spokesperson, SPF means longer protection not higher protection. The higher the number, the longer you can stay in the sun without getting pink. There is only about a two to three percent more protection between SPF 30 and SPF 15. The best way to make the products work is by applying sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outdoors, re-applying often, and making sure that you buy UVA/UVB protectants.

There are some products on the market that may help reverse damage done by prolonged sun exposure. Renova, Retin-A, Retinol, and Alpha Hydroxy can minimize the freckling and wrinkles created over time.

Check with your own dermatologist to find out how much damage is lurking underneath your skin.

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