There is nothing good about getting a “base tan”. Any time you tan, it’s a sign of injury and DNA damage to the skin. Your skin produces the pigment melanin to protect itself against even more DNA damage than has just occurred by getting the “base tan”.
The SPF in your foundation isn’t enough. You’ll never apply enough foundation to reap the benefits of the SPF on the label. If you do you will look like a clown:)
Tanning in a solarium can be even more dangerous than natural sun. Tanning beds removed the UVB radiation that causes your skin to burn which is your body’s self defense mechanism to warn you to get out of the sun. It’s like removing the batteries from your smoke detector!
You don’t just get sun damage while you’re at the beach. Two thirds of all sun damage is incidental. Time spent commuting, running errands, walking, gardening, or enjoying a coffee outdoors, all add up to cumulative exposure resulting in damage to your skin.