Are You Sacrificing Health in the Name of Beauty?

6 sometimes-risky pampering practices and how to indulge in them safely
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Tanning: Go with the faux

Indoor tanning exposes skin to ultraviolet rays. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, people who use tanning beds increase their risk of melanoma by nearly 60 percent. Deadly skin cancer aside, exposure to UV rays from any source, including the sun, can lead to age spots and wrinkles. To get glowing safely, use a sunless tanning product, but be aware that these contain a chemical called dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which can be harmful if inhaled, ingested or exposed to mucous membranes. If you opt for a full-body spray-on tan at a salon, wear goggles and nose plugs, and hold your breath while the spray is being applied.