Unless you are a masochist, if I were to ask you to choose between a bludgeon to the head or a pale body all summer, chances are you’d choose the pale body.
It is the logical choice after all. Yet logic doesn’t play a role when it comes to the act of tanning. Year after year people plop down under the sun, absorbing ultraviolet (UV) radiation into their skin for the purpose of darkening its color.
Why? Because it supposedly makes you look better.
UV radiation is a proven human carcinogen, considered as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas. Whether you are lying out on the beach or in a tanning bed, there is no such thing as a safe tan. Both methods expose your body to harmful, damaging UV rays. Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is as much a cause of cancer as chimney sweeping and asbestos removal.