Skip It: Tanning Booth for Color
What it is: If you’re looking for a quick fix for your pasty white skin before you head to the beach this summer, do not go here. A relic of the 1980s, tanning beds and booths will definitely make your skin darker — but at a steep price.
How it works: Tanning booths use ultra-violet lightbulbs to expose skin to highly concentrated doses of UV radiation. Repeat visits are necessary for good results.
Bottom line: According to the National Cancer Institute, people who regularly use tanning beds increase their risk of developing malignant melanoma by 55 percent.