"Worshipping the sun is foolish," said Dr. Celeste Paquette, medical director of Thagard Student Health Center.
"Being out in the sun to be athletic to get exercise is a happy balance.
But just laying there to get tan for 20 to 30 minutes, and rolling over like you're basting is probably an activity that has to go to the wayside."
Having a tanned complexion can make one look and feel good, for the time being, but the long-term effects of sun damage can outweigh the short-lived feeling of having that sun-kissed glow.
Over exposure to sun causes most of the wrinkles and spots on our faces.
If you plan on looking like you are in your early 20s at the time of your graduation as opposed to, say, your early 30s, you may want to avoid spending too much time in the sun since it speeds up the aging process.
"All young people run the risk of getting sun damage if they don't start making it a habit now to prevent it," Paquette
"African American skin is more tolerant and not as prone to getting sunburn or melanoma as someone with white skin and freckles," Paquette
"If you have sort of Mediterranean, olive skin and you tan easily, you might not have as much of a chance for skin cancer, but you still will have the aging process.
It will increase more rapidly the aging of skin."
One common misconception of having perfect summer skin is that a tanning bed can do it for you safely.
FSU is no stranger to an army of bronzed or slightly oranged students in the middle of winter, and a wide array of local tanning booths can be accredited for this trend.
"Tanning booths tan the skin, which may protect from immediate sunburn," Paquette
"But you still get the UV rays, which can penetrate the skin and (cause) premature aging and can increase the risk of skin cancers."
A healthier fad is growing in place of fake baking.
"Students are doing the artificial spray tans, which don't harm the skin and look great," Paquette
If your spring break plans make it almost impossible to avoid the sun, there are several preventative measures one can take.
Use a sunscreen with an SPF greater than 15 and re-apply every few hours.
Try to avoid exposure between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and monitor your skin for unusual growths and changes.
If you are using tanning products make sure they contain UV protection; the FDA
must have a label warning customers about the risks of unprotected sun bathing if they do not.
"They (students) think that sunscreens protect them longer than they do," Paquette
"They put it on; then, they'll go all day to the beach and think they are protected when in fact they have to slather on a fair amount and reapply every few hours.
Rather than going to the beach and letting it rinse off with the water, they need to understand that sunscreens have limitations."
Even though the risks of spending too much time under the sun are significant, the sun does have some positive effects.
In addition to vitamin D, the shining sun can make you happier.
"The sun has a certain amount of mood elevation," Paquette
"People who live in climates that don't have sun six months out of the year do tend to have seasonal affective disorder.
It grows our food; there's lots of good things the sun does."
Different times are more harmful than others in the sun.
"Ten to 30 minutes in the morning or late afternoon are fine," Paquette