Spray Tan Politics

Suntanned skin became a seasonal beauty standard for wealthy white women in the 1920s. Cristen and Caroline explore the class and colorism behind our tanning tradition and spotlight why there's far more than Coco Chanel's revolutionary sunburn.

Can you erase stretch marks?

Did you know anywhere from 50 to 90 percent of adults, depending on age and ethnicity, have stretch marks?

Summer Shorts: Freckles

It's summer, and some folks are sprouting freckles left and right. But what are freckles anyway? How does sunlight produce them? Tune in to learn more about freckles, including the difference between freckles and moles.

Why would men lighten their skin?

Pale-skinned people often desire a nice, healthy tan, even though tanning can bring health risks. Yet in some other cultures, this ideal is reversed. Join Cristen and Molly as they talk about whiteness as a beauty ideal and the health risks involved.

Want a healthy tan? Eat more carrots.

Recent research from the University of Nottingham finds that "healthy tans" might not be such an oxymoron after all. That's good news for fair-skinned folks like me who want some summertime tint without skin-damaging tanning beds or excessive sunbathing. A study conducted by Dr. Ian Stephen found that upping vegetable intake can improve color even better than by laying poolside.

As people across the hemisphere gear up for summer, Molly and Cristen take a look at the practice of tanning: When did it become popular, and why do people want tans? Listen in and learn more about tanning.

Acne is typically associated with teenagers and puberty, but unfortunately, it doesn't always go away with age. In this episode, Molly and Cristen talk about what studies and statistics suggest about the phenomenon of adult acne.