Indoor Tanning Does Not Prevent Sunburn

March 22, 2011 Updated Mar 22, 2011 at 8:45 PM EDT

By WKBW News

March 22, 2011 Updated Mar 22, 2011 at 8:45 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) Lots of people are planning to take in sun, sand and surf on their spring break trips, and some will visit the tanning salon before they leave, but a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic says it's a misconception that if you indoor tan before you go on spring break, you will protect your skin from sun damage.

Doctors say going to the tanning salon just adds to the total amount of UV radiation that damages your skin and increases your risk of skin cancer.

A "base tan" also does not lower your risk of burning in the hot spring break sun.

In fact, studies have shown the risk of skin cancer jumps 75 percent when people start using tanning beds before the age of 30.

Doctors say your best bet is to get a spray tan or use self-tanners for color and then apply sunscreen regularly.

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