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Old 01-09-2009, 11:53 AM
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Yes, they get darker. No, they don't burn as easily as lighter people. (That's the curse of the pale-skinned.)

Tanning is basically the melanin in your skin getting bigger. If you have a lot of melanin, it gets bigger the more exposure to the sun you have, and you are protected from burning by that melanin covering even better. If you have little or no melanin, you burn or freckle.