Are Tanning Beds Worse than the Sun? The Risks You Face

It’s wintertime and you may be feeling pale, but instead of heading to the tanning salon, reach for some self-tanner instead. Your skin and your health will thank you. Dr. Sarah Garwood, adolescent medicine physician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, discusses the dangers of tanning beds. Tanning beds actually cause more damage than if you were to go out and get a tan in the sun. If you’re really looking for that sun-kissed look, self-tanner is the way to go.

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