Dr. Oz's Healthy Tan Plan

The truth is, there's no such this as a "healthy" tan. A tan is your body's response to injury caused by the sun. But moderate and safe exposure to the sun is healthy, providing necessary vitamin D. Follow this Dr. Oz-approved 3-step plan to getting that sun-kissed (not sun-scorched) glow.

Dr. Oz's Healthy Tan Plan

Sun-worshippers, wake up. Skin cancer is a scary reality, and excessive sun exposure and tanning is the leading cause of premature aging. Transform your take on tanning, avoid dangerous UV rays, and be responsible about how much time you spend in the sun.


Step 1. Repair and Rework Your Tan


  • If you frequent the tanning salon, give it up immediately. Look at the tanning bed as a carcinogenic, a concentrated dose of dangerous UV rays at point-blank range.
  • Repair damaged skin. Use a topical treatment that contains vitamin A.
  • If you can't give up on that glow, opt for an alternative. Try bronzer. It will help you achieve a similar look without posing any of the cancer risks. Bronzers are a safe option because they sit on the top of the skin (as opposed to being absorbed by the skin).

Step 2: Limit Unprotected Sunbathing to 20 Minutes a Day

  • Humans need the sun to get their daily dose of vitamin D, a vitamin so many Americans get so little of. But excessive sun exposure will cause damage.
  • You can be in the sun, without sunscreen, for up to 20 minutes a day. After 20 minutes, you must apply sunscreen. Be generous and reapply after swimming or sweating profusely.
  • Don't spend money on a sunscreen over SPF 30. There are no proven additional benefits of SPFs above that level.
  • Bottom line: Do not spend hours in the sun.

Step 3: Be a Sunscreen Snob

  • Not all sunscreens are created equal. The single best ingredient in a sunscreen is zinc oxide; the second best is titanium dioxide.
  • Try a UV wristband. This is an inexpensive method of monitoring how often you need to reapply sunscreen. The band will change color when it's time.

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3 Secrets for Choosing the Best Rotisserie Chicken at the Store

How can you know you're getting one that's fresh, juicy and crispy?

The rotisserie chickens at the store can make a great, quick dinner for the family. They can also be good pre-made bases for many recipes! But when they're all sitting together in the same case, how can you know you're getting one that's fresh, juicy and crispy? Here are three insider tips for choosing the best chicken.

1. Reach for the Back

Go for a chicken that's in the back of the case. Because the store typically loads the case from behind, you can bet the chickens in the front will have been sitting there the longest.

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