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Sunless Tanning: Why Baking Is Out and Faking Is In

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  • “Dermatologist-recommended” sunless tanning lotions and sprays are being called “a better way to get that golden glow” -- but if you’re getting the tan without the UVB exposure from the sun, you’re missing out on valuable vitamin D production
  • The primary benefit of tanning is not at all cosmetic but to optimize your vitamin D levels. The tan that you get after exposing your skin to sunlight is a natural “side effect” that will help protect your skin from sun damage
  • Sunless spray tanners contain an ingredient called dihydroxyacetone, which may be a mutagen that could induce breaks in DNA strands and may even cause cancer or lung diseases when inhaled; there is also some evidence they may inhibit your body’s ability to produce vitamin D
  • The ideal way to optimize your vitamin D level is through sun exposure

By Dr. Mercola

"Dermatologist-recommended" sunless tanning lotions and sprays are being called "a better way to get that golden glow."


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