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Tanning Beds and 3 Other Ways to Terribly Mess Up Your Skin

These days we are all about looking golden and having that really nice tan color.  But could that be what is causing all of our skin problems?  Ding, Ding, Ding!  According to Baumann M.D, these are the 10 Biggest Skin Mistakes You Can Make.

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From those I have made my most concerning problems:

4) Not getting a full-body skin exam every year. Think of this as a birthday present for your birthday suit— Find a dermatologist at www.aad.org.

3) Getting too much sun. 10 to 15 minutes of unprotected sun a few times a week can help your body get its vitamin D fix, but if you’re sitting outside at Starbucks for an hour a day without sunscreen, your skin will remind you years from now.

2) Not using SPF daily. One unpublished study by Unilever showed that using just SPF 5 every day for five years prevented significant sun damage. Do yourself and your skin a favor and use a moisturizer with at least SPF 15.

1) Using tanning beds. In case you haven’t heard, the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified tanning beds as a known carcinogen (i.e. cancer-causer). And if you want to accelerate the formation of wrinkles and/or get skin cancer and unsightly brown spots, using a tanning bed is the best way to do it.

 

I guess I won’t be telling anyone to visit tanning beds anytime soon.  Anything you need to stop doing or do from that list?

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