Is a small amount of tanning OK? With spring here, we're all spending more time in the sun! And you may start wondering if you really need to be applying sunscreen at every turn. You may think that just a little bit of tanning can't hurt. Don't do it. The experts are all unanimous on this score: A tan is evidence of skin damage. So even though it might look like the glow of health in the immediate present—fast-forward to the future, and that "healthy" tan will start to look like age spots, roughened skin, and sun damage, plain and simple.