Aug 7, 2017 Fresh voices from today's China

More Than Half of China’s Botox Believed to Be Fake or Smuggled

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If end-of-summer plans include a beach vacation, you might be wondering if a “base” tan from a few hours outdoors or at a tanning salon is a good way to prevent sunburn.

In reality, having a suntan does next to nothing when it comes to protecting your skin.

“A light tan may provide about the equivalent of an SPF 4,” says Doug Grossman, M.D., Ph.D., dermatologist at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. “So having a tan would be much less protective than essentially any sunscreen product available.”

It's a common idea, especially among younger people. According to a study published in the Journal of American College Health, 42 percent of the 18 to 25-year-olds surveyed agreed with the statement, “I like to have a base tan before I get a lot of sun.”

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