02 Jun '11, 12pm

Is Tanning Worth the Risk?

Growing up on the coast of Maine, I've spent many summers skimping on sunscreen searching for that sun-kissed glow achieved by beach babes' tan skin. A favorite past time with friends was "laying out" in the sun, but no matter how many days I spent relaxing--read: stressing--in the hot sun, I still needed help from self-tanners and bronzing powders to reach the perfect hue. Eventually, I have to face the facts: I do not naturally tan, my skin just turns pink then red--also known as a sunburn--and I won't be twenty-five forever. The statistics are intimidating: Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and one to two million Americans develop skin cancer each year, according to EWG . While wearing sunscreen can help prevent skin from burning, EWG points out another risk: Sunscreens allow people with pale skin to stay outdoors longer, often aiming to get a t...

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