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Why is a tan no longer considered to be "healthy?"
A tan has never been "healthy" but many cultures have long considered it to be an indication of health and beauty. A tan is actually evidence of damage to your skin and can occur even in the winter or when it is cloudy. Exposure to the sun's damaging rays increases your chances of all types of skin cancers. It also damages and wrinkles your skin. Always use a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) when you are outside. If you still like the look of a tan, consider one of the new self-tanners on the market. Self-tanners today are much improved over the ones that used to make people orange and streaky. (Never considered healthy or attractive!)