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.

Why would men lighten their skin?

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.

1903, Year of the Sun

Although Coco Chanel had yet to bring skin baking into fashion, 1903 marked the arrival of the "healthy tan." John Harvey Kellogg, of corn flake fame, had already patented a therapeutic tanning bed prototype in 1891, and a decade and change later, heliotherapy enjoyed an especially auspicious year in the spotlight.

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.