Achieve Healthy, Beautiful Skin by Prom Night without Tanning

Go With Your Own GlowTM

New York, NY (April 11, 2011) - Prom season is upon us, and the pressure is on to tan indoors. However, young women who want to enhance their skin color should steer clear of tanning salons, as they will only damage and age their skin. Research has found that first exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation-emitting tanning beds in youth increases the risk of developing melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, by 75 percent.

"Everyone wants to look their best for prom night, but students don't have to risk their health for a tan. Tanning bed use has lead to a rise in melanoma incidence among young women," said Perry Robins, MD, President of The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Instead, prom goers are advised to pamper their skin before the big night to achieve a natural, dewy complexion - the hallmark of genuine beauty.

How to Go With Your Own GlowTM

1. Let your skin fade over time to your natural color, using non-exposed skin as a baseline to determine your skin color goal. You can do this by seeking the shade between 10 AM and 4 PM, applying sunscreen on a daily basis, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and avoiding tanning salons.

2. Proper cleansing, morning and night, is a must for glowing skin. Your cleanser doesn't have to lather or foam to work: Many cleansing cloths, for instance, don't lather, yet take all the effort out of washing your face. If you exfoliate, do it after cleansing in the evening.

3. Before putting on makeup, use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

4. To add some color to the face, apply blushes, highlighters or bronzers to the apples of the cheeks, forehead, bridge of the nose and chin. The idea is to have definition, not to look like you're wearing a lot of makeup.

Sunless Glow

If you simply can't resist the tanned look, sunless tanners work well, producing an overall tanned look without causing skin damage. They come in many different formulations, including lotions that darken your skin gradually, as well as options for people with naturally lighter or darker skin. Added fragrances have improved the way they smell, and special ingredients minimize streaking or uneven tanning.

Before applying a self tanner, prep your skin by exfoliating with a scrub or loofah, then moisturize. This ensures that the tanner will be absorbed evenly. Since self tanners can cling excessively to dry skin, depositing a great deal of self tanner and leaving you with an uneven color, make sure you don't apply too much to typically dry areas like the knees and elbows.

When you're using self tanner, follow the directions on the package, and wait at least 12 hours after shaving to apply. Remember, even if the self tanner includes an SPF, you still need to reapply a separate SPF 30 or higher sunscreen every two hours when outdoors.

About The Skin Cancer Foundation

The Skin Cancer Foundation is the only global organization solely devoted to the prevention, early detection and treatment of skin cancer. The mission of the Foundation is to decrease the incidence of skin cancer through public and professional education and research. For more information, visit