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Healthy Skin Secrets: Mom Doesn’t Always Know Best

Written on May 12, 2011 at 11:48 am , by

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Sometimes moms are great health role models. Other times, not so much.

Young women who use tanning beds were four times as likely (42 percent) to say their moms use tanning beds compared to young women who don’t indoor tan, according to a new survey by the American Academy of Dermatology. The group reminds that indoor tanning increases your risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by a whopping 75 percent!

When it comes to skin cancer, you definitely don’t want “like mother, like daughter” to be the case.

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Now tell us: What’s your smartest sun protection tip?

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  • M

    My mother used to tan for a while when she was young at the tanning salon. Then she got a bening growth on her chin that was removed by a dermatologist. She never went to a tanning booth again and never had the plastic surgety offered by her doctor to fix the scar. This simple story and the scar on my moms face has prevented me from even considering using a tanning booth. I also slather on sunscreen and feel fine being really pale.

  • Dixiedaughter

    If I had my mother’s skin, I would be the happiest woman in the universe! She died at the age of 83, and most of the people commented that she didn’t look a day over 40. Her motto was “encase the face” – never go anywhere without sunscreen, face cream, and/or makeup – in her case, Panstick. She was beautiful to the end!