Did you hear that? I think it was the sound of dozens of Cali teens mourning the sick reality of sporting skin reflecting the seasons. 

Just kidding, there are other options to get a similar glow—and we get into that later—but last week California became one of the first states to outlaw minors from tanning salons. 

Gov. Jerry Brown signed off on a new law barring anyone under 18 from using a tanning salon. California became the fifth state to solidify such a law, following New York, Illinois, Rhode Island and Ohio. Over half the states now have at least a few age restrictions on bake box use.

The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012.

May sunless tanning always be the preferred option to baking your skin for decades of mad damage to enjoy—not to mention a seriously increased risk for abominable skin cancers including melanoma. [via TIME]

Here's one of our favorite self-tanners. The best feature is its gradual approach to color—that way you're less likely to get splotching from a booming one-time tanner.

Sublime Bronze - Gradual Self Tanning Lotion, 6.7 Oz., (L'oreal), $9.99 from Amazon
 

And as always with sunless tanner, be sure to be diligent about exfoliating beforehand.

OR, you could always look up your local spray tan joint...

Do you use tanning beds? What about sunless tanners? Is tanning even much of a priority in your beauty regime?

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