NY Mag's The Cut reached out to Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research at Mount Sinai Hospital, and asked him to give his take on the idea of the base tan. His thoughts on the topic were blunt, to say the least: "Getting a base tan is doubly harmful to your skin," he told The Cut. The Cut went on to say that the idea of a base tan is "terrible," and referenced a 2013 study which found that college students who used a tanning bed to get a base tan were actually more likely to get a sunburn than those who didn't.
There you have it: don't get a base tan, or you'll just end up getting burned. Or a leather jacket for skin. Or cancer.