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Sanford Dermatologists Push for Tanning Bed Alternatives

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It's prom season and that has a lot of teenage girls in a scramble to look their best.

A lot of times that includes heading to the tanning salon, so they can show off their bronze shoulders in their new strapless dress. But, dermatologists are warning against the tanning and have some alternatives that will keep you healthier.

Sanford Health Dermatologist Dr. Yulia Khan says a lot of teens don't realize the damage they are doing to their skin in tanning beds. She says studies have shown that exposure to UV radiation during indoor tanning damages the DNA in the skin cells leading to premature skin aging, immune suppression, and eye damage, including cataracts and ocular melanoma.  

There is a 59% increase in the risk of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. Those who have been exposed to UV radiation from indoor tanning -- and the risk increases with each use.  

Dr. Khan says there are some great alternatives. She recommends sunless tanning products or self-tanners. Professional spray-tans are available at Sanford dermatology and laser clinic, spas, and tanning salons. Most sunless tanning products contain dha. It temporarily darkens the skin.

Spray-tans usually last between 4-10 days. To extend your color: before you receive a spray-tan application you should shave areas that need shaving, exfoliate, and moisturize skin.  And, after it is applied:  avoid showering for 8-12 hrs and any sweat-inducing activities for 24 hrs.

You can also lengthen the life of your professionally applied spray-tan by applying gradual self-tanners sold in many stores. It will give your skin a little color, without damaging it. 

And just a reminder -- the color produced by sunless tanning will not provide protection from UV radiation.  Sunscreen should still be applied when outdoors. 


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