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'Tan Mom' Appears In YouTube Series Promoting Healthy Skin Care

NUTLEY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- She's a changed woman.

Patricia Krentcil, the so-called "Tan Mom," is using her name to raise money to fight skin cancer.

The Nutley woman, who gained national attention for her deep tan after being accused of letting her young daughter into a tanning booth, is now starring in a series of YouTube videos on skin care.

The series promotes author Dana Ramos' new book "The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin." The videos document Krentcil following "The Skin Regime" to heal her skin and repair years of sun damage.

In one of the videos, Krentcil sighs after being handed a tube of sunscreen.

"I'm not thrilled," Krentcil said. "But I'm going to do it because I'm 44 and I want my face to look more natural and this, if anything, will help that."

Krentcil and Ramos will be holding a book signing event at 7 p.m. Friday at the Westchester Mixed Martial Arts in Mount Kisco.

Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Krentcil has become a national sensation since making headlines in May when she pleaded not guilty to a child endangerment charge. Prosecutors allege Krentcil took her 6-year-old daughter to a tanning salon and actually brought the child into a tanning bed, causing a slight sunburn.

But Krentcil has said that the entire situation was simply a misunderstanding.

She said when the school nurse asked her daughter how she got burned, her daughter simply said, "I go tanning with mommy." However, Krentcil said her daughter's burn was not from getting into a tanning bed, but from being outside and playing in the backyard.

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Krentcil has steadfastly denied the charges.

During a raucous appearance at a New York City nightclub last month, video showed a seemingly drunk Krentcil taking the stage and insisting, "I never took my daughter into a tanning salon."

"Number one is that my daughter never was in that salon," she said. "This place is the best place ever – but my daughter was never in that room."

The 44-year-old mother of five has been the inspiration for a "tanorexic" doll and was even in the pages of "In Touch" magazine last month.

Krentcil posed without her trademark tan after the magazine challenged her to go without the rays — real or fake — for a month.

Krentcil told CBS 2's Amy Dardashtian that she has embraced her new tanning booth-free lifestyle.

"I feel much better since I've been doing the regime, and I don't care about tanning anymore," she said.

Krentcil added that she hates the "Tanning Mom" moniker, and that she loves her new "fresh" look.

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