• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Love the sun but not what it does to your skin?

August 16, 2019
a smiling young woman, sitting in a sunny windowsill, sipping coffee and looking outside

Sunless tanning
Love the sun but not what it does to your skin? If you want that sun-kissed glow without the sun's damaging rays, consider sunless tanning products. These products, also called self-tanners, are commonly sold as lotions, creams and sprays that you apply to your skin. Professional spray-on tanning also is available. Find out how these products work and how to get the best results.

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Personal health records and patient portals
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Aging and unsteady gait
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Is your arthritis pain medication hurting you?
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