• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Is there a safe way to tan?

July 6, 2018

an open tanning bed, with a towel and protective gogglesTanning beds: Safer than the sun? 
Tanning beds are not a safe alternative to the sun for tanning. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation damages your skin, whether the exposure comes from tanning beds or natural sunlight. This damage increases your risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging. Learn more from Dr. Lawrence Gibson, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist.

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