Fake tan may not protect you against skin cancer, says study

Sunless tanning or fake tanning products like sprays, ointments, creams, foams, or lotions that promise tan skin without the increased risk of skin cancer do not actually help prevent cancer. Sunless tanning was most common among young, white, college-educated females and bisexual men. Other factors associated with sunless tanning included having a family history of skin cancer. Adults who used sunless tanning products were more likely to use indoor tanning beds and were less likely to wear protective clothing or seek shade when outdoors. Among people who used indoor tanning beds which are known to cause skin cancer, sunless tanning product users actually visited tanning salons more frequently than those who did not.