Will a base tan help me prevent a sunburn?

There is no such thing as a healthy, safe tan -- getting a "base tan" is just as damaging to skin as a sunburn. In this video, I will explain how the only way to get a safe tan is with self-tanning products or makeup. 

A base tan might give you an SPF of 4. So if it took 20 minutes for your untanned skin to burn, then you might burn after 80 minutes with a base tan. This doesn't mean you will automatically "prevent" a sunburn, though. You can get a sunburn even if your skin is darker. Also, tanning is not a safe method of prevention. Tanning causes skin damage and aging, and can be linked to skin cancer. So, it is far better to use a sunscreen to avoid a sunburn than a base tan.

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