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I want to avoid getting sunburned on my vacation. Should I use a tanning bed to get a "base tan" to protect my skin?

 

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Many people think that a "base tan" protects their skin from a damaging burn. The truth is that a tan is really a sign of skin damage. Using a tanning bed just exposes your skin to a greater amount of UV radiation and increases your risk of developing skin cancer. The best way to protect your skin while out in the sun is the use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and avoid the sun during in the mid-day.

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