This Q&A was adapted from my just-released-book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. It was adapted for the July issue of Today’s Christian Living. If you don’t have a subscription, I highly recommend it.
Dear Dr. Walt,
How can I safely get a suntan?
—Pale in New Mexico
Simply put, and this may be a shock, but you cannot. The American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons says, “There is no such thing as a healthy suntan. Any change in your natural skin color (caused by UV light) is a sign of skin damage. Evidence suggests tanning greatly increases your risk of developing skin cancer.”
But, there is a safe and effective way to get a tanned appearance – and that is by using a sunless tanning product and not UV light. And, if you tried them in the past and hated the fake-looking bronze gleam they gave, don’t worry. The newer products are fabulous.
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