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I cannot over emphasize the importance of sunscreen protection. Sunscreen is just that: it screens out the harmful UV rays, but does allow you to tan SLOWLY. This process prevents burning of the skin. It is the BURNING process that is implicated in sun damaged skin that can ultimately lead to cancer. Tanning itself does not cause skin damage or skin cancer. If you tan without burning you will be safe and have a healthy glow that we all want. If you burn to get to a tan then indeed tanning is not for you. Sunscreen should be used by everybody in order to avoid burning. Tan without burn: good. Tan with burn: bad. No matter what color your skin is or how well you tan or burn: use sunscreen. Tanning slowly (by using sunscreen) will prevent burning. Heed my words and you will have a “healthy tan”.