The Myth of the Base Tan

Don’t fall for the “base tan” myth this summer.

Many people falsely believe that using a tanning bed to get a base tan can help protect them from getting a sunburn. But it’s not true, according to authorities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, indoor tanning significantly increases a person’s risk for developing skin cancer.

A tan actually indicates damage to your skin. “A tan is a response to injury: skin cells respond to damage from UV rays by producing more pigment,” the CDC website states.

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