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Welcome to Ask The Makeup Diva™! Our resident expert, The Makeup Diva, answers makeup and skin care questions sent in by readers just like you.

Q: I have very white skin and have recently started to tan in a tanning bed. All that happens is that I peel in certain spots; I do not tan. Is there anything I can use that will help me tan instead of burn and peel?

A: For the sake of your skin's health, I absolutely cannot advocate using a tanning bed, or being out in the sun without an SPF of at least 15. The concentration of UV rays a tanning bed emits is quite high, and will contribute greatly to premature wrinkling, dryness, and even skin cancer, which is one of the fastest growing cancers in the USA. Really, it just isn't worth risking your health over. Not to mention that a tanning bed doesn't provide a very attractive color on most people.

Instead of trying to fight your skin's natural color, why not revel in it? Pale skin is sexy and glamorous, and can look absolutely stunning in vibrant colors such as red and hot pink. If you really want to add a bit of color, use a self tanner like Coppertone, Bain de Soleil, Clarins, or Neutrogena. Be sure to pick the lightest shade available.


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