Base tans don't prevent sun burn -- they encourage sun damage.One of the most common reasons people go to tanning beds in the spring and early summer is to get a so-called “base tan.” This fact stems from the belief that a base tan will prevent your skin from sun burn when you go out on the beach. Unfortunately, this is a common, and dangerous, misconception.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger says that to protect your skin from a sun burn, you must use sunscreen.

“There is a common misperception that getting a tan is going to save someone from being burned when going on vacation,” he says. “This not only backfires, as many people will burn before vacation resulting in more sun damage, but a base tan doesn’t even protect as much as a sunscreen with an SPF of 4!”

Any change in the color of your skin is a sign of skin damage from ultraviolet radiation. With repeated exposure to UV rays, either from the sun or tanning beds, skin is at a much higher risk for skin cancer and premature aging.

“If you want to protect your skin from sun damage while on vacation, the best answer is with a good sunscreen, Heliocare tablets and avoidance of heavy noonday sun.”

Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends his favorite products to take with you on vacation to help protect your skin from the sun:

In addition to topical sunscreen, Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends the use of Heliocare capsules. These dietary supplements help your skin protect against UV rays and help slow down sun-related aging, thanks to the active ingredient Polypodium Leucotomos extract. Take one a day for daily protection. If you are exposed to direct sunlight, take a second pill at noon for additional protection.

Remember, the best way to protect your skin from sun burn is with sunscreen and avoidance of overexposure to UV rays. Never use tanning beds and always use sunscreen, even if you aren’t outside for long.

How do you protect your skin from the sun?

Posted Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 5:21 pm
Filed Under Category: Skin Care, Sun Protection, Sunscreen Tips, Uncategorized
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