red-umbrella-woman-beach-628x363By now, you know that sunburns are bad. But so is getting a so-called “base tan.” The “base tan” is a term popularized by tanning salons and refers to the practice of slowly and gradually developing a suntan through sun exposure or a tanning bed, often before a tropical vacation or other sun-soaked event.  The thinking is that this can prevent a sunburn or sun damage. Unfortunately, this just isn’t true.

The UV rays that tan your skin in a tanning bed are identical to the UV rays that come sunburnedfaceusefrom the sun.  And while years of advertising have taught us to love the look of a tan, there is no such thing as a healthy tan.  Sun exposure damages skin, and the pigment you see as a tan is the body’s reaction to this injury. And there’s nothing “healthy” or pretty about damaged skin.

Going out into the sun with a “base tan” will not prevent a sunburn nor minimize damage. And although that bronze look might be nice, it can also disguise the signs that skin is burning.


If you want to sport a healthy-looking glow for your next vacation, trade the tanning salon for a sunless tanner, and use a broad spectrum sunscreen when you go out in the sun.

Check out Rodan+Fields Dermatologists for your healthy Skincare needs. You are worth  staying alive. Time to take care of it before it’s too late.

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