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Does Sunscreen Work in Tanning Beds?

Sunscreen use is necessary to protect your skin from sunburn, signs of photoaging and various types of skin cancer, says the American Academy of Dermatology. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sunscreen protection factor of 30 or more is advised anytime you go outdoors. However, knowing if your sunscreen gives you equal protection in a tanning bed means first understanding what–if anything–makes tanning beds any different from direct exposure to the sun.