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Health Q&A

Resident health expert Karen Kwan has you covered from A to Z


Health Q&A
Resident health expert Karen Kwan has you covered from A to Z

Need expert health and fitness advice? Ask Karen

 

Q: Is it true that using tanning beds are safer than tanning in the sun?
A: Not true. Tanning beds emit damaging UV rays. Although your local tanning salon owner may tell you that indoor tanning is safe because the lamps don’t emit rays that will burn you, don’t be fooled. The lamps mostly emit UVA, which penetrate deep into your skin and tan your skin (versus UVB, which are the rays that burn your skin). While UVB is often considered more dangerous than UVA, this doesn’t mean UVA is safe. Exposure to UVA will damage your skin in the long-term, causing wrinkles and other signs of premature aging. Making tanning beds even more dangerous. They often emit many times more the radiation than the sun. The only safe way to get a golden glow is with self-tanners and lotion—just don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen (with SPF 15 or more), too.

 

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