It was the '90s. I was in my 20s, living in California and having a golden tan was a must-have "accessory." My skin is naturally pale and when I tan my skin turns a reddish-brown that doesn't last very long. Oh, but the damage to our skin from tanning and sun exposure has lasting effects as we all know. As irritating as it was at the time, I developed brown patches on my face from baking in the sun with low SPF sunscreen or baby oil (!) -- who else did that?! Ugh. At first, I thought - wow, my mom is right and I have skin cancer... Of course, when you're 20-ish and not yet a parent you have yet to realize that your mom ...Read more.