The Myth of the Base Tan
It doesn’t protect you from the sun.
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Getting artificial color from a cream or lotion has no effect on melanin, so it doesn’t shield you at all, he adds. Plus, those who self-tan are actually less likely to protect their skin when they are in the sun (by seeking shade or wearing protective clothing) and more likely to report recent sunburns compared to people who don’t, according to Mansh’s new study in the journal JAMA Dermatology.
For a DIY tan without the skin damage, Sarah Garland, New York City-based manager of The Spa at Equinox, recommends these Alpha Beta Glow Pads and this Organic Sunless Tan Dry Oil Mist.