Kids Start Coveting a Tan at Scarily Young Ages

WHAT?! Kids have strong desires to be tan.WHAT?! Kids have strong desires to be tan.When I was younger, getting a tan was pretty much my only goal for the summer. That is, until I realized that routine sun exposure would make me look like an old leather handbag someday if I wasn't careful-not to mention that it could lead to deadly cancer.

By Natasha Burton

It's a good thing I traded my baby oil for sunscreen sooner rather than later: According to a company spokesperson for Superdrug, which just released the results of a poll on sun exposure, the average person gets 80 percent of his or her lifetime skin-to-sun contact before hitting age 18.

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Of course, this means that slathering on the sunblock is super-important when you're young. Only, scarily enough, the Superdrug poll found that 50 percent of children age six to eight are jonesing for a tan this summer and one in five say they won't wear suncreen. Um...where are their parents?

We just hope this doesn't lead to a creation of a Tan Kid. Tan Mom is quite enough for us.

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