Just how bad are tan­ning beds?

Texarkana Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT/ADVICE - By Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.

In the “Friends” episode “The One with Ross’s Tan,” Ross (David Sch­wim­mer ) goes into a spray-on tan­ning booth, is be­fud­dled by the in­struc­tions and gets sprayed twice in front, miss­ing his back. After try­ing and fail­ing twice more to bal­ance out the cov­er­age, he ends up with a level 16 spray-on tan (2 is op­ti­mal) on the front half of his body. Al­though Ross roy­ally botched his spray tan, at least he steered clear of a tan­ning bed.

For a while now we’ve been telling you that indoor tan­ning beds are bad for you, but re­searchers fi­nally have nailed down just how bad. They looked at data on over 140,000 women and found that those who’d had 30 or more tan­ning-bed ses­sions were 32 per­cent more likely to de­velop melanoma, the most dan­ger­ous form of skin can­cer, than non-tan­ners. And that’s not to men­tion an in­crease in pre­ma­ture skin wrin­kling.

So why are a whop­ping 9.7 mil­lion of you still go­ing for the indoor tan? If you just say no and ac­cept your nat­u­ral skin color, you’ll give your­self a younger RealAge, live longer and look bet­ter as you do it!

If you ab­so­lutely must get a darker glow, use a spray tan, and use it cor­rectly. That in­cludes wear­ing a mask to avoid fumes. Also, if you think indoor tan­ning will give you a vi­ta­min D boost, that’s not hap­pen­ing. The bulbs in tan­ning booths emit mostly deep-pen­e­trat­ing UVA rays. It’s the shorter UVB rays that help your skin make vi­ta­min D.

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