Tanning WILL Kill You

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Tanning WILL Kill You

am a pasty white girl. I never tan and by that I mean I can sit outside for weeks and really only turn one shade darker than when I started. And before that I'm going to resemble a lobster. As a teenager I thought this was the worst thing about myself. Ok maybe not the worst thing...at that time my curly frizzy hair won but I did thing I was horribly ugly cause I couldn't tan. Fast forward a few decades and I couldn't be happier that I spent those years hiding under towels and reapplying sunscreen SPF100 about 16 times a day. And I have NEVER ever been to a tanning bed.

am a pasty white girl. I never tan and by that I mean I can sit outside for weeks and really only turn one shade darker than when I started. And before that I'm going to resemble a lobster. As a teenager I thought this was the worst thing about myself. Ok maybe not the worst thing...at that time my curly frizzy hair won but I did thing I was horribly ugly cause I couldn't tan. Fast forward a few decades and I couldn't be happier that I spent those years hiding under towels and reapplying sunscreen SPF100 about 16 times a day. And I have NEVER ever been to a tanning bed. After all that I've already had a few skin cancer scares and have a mole check every 6 months. I also wear sunscreen on my face and arms every single day. BUT....

I look 10 years younger than most people my age. My skin isn't damaged and my face has not prematurely lined. I cannot say the same for my friends who like to bake in tanning beds. And today a study was released that said those who have used tanning beds are at a 75 percent higher risk of melanoma, on average, than people who have never tried it. This comes just as a FDA advisory panel is considering tougher regulations on indoor tanning, including use restrictions(or a possible ban) for those under age 18.

From CNN.com

"Compared with those who had never touched a tanning bed, people who spent more than 50 hours under the lights were three times more likely to develop melanoma, according to the study, which is the largest of its kind to date. People who frequented tanning salons for more than 10 years or who logged more than 100 sessions were about 2.5 times more likely to develop the cancer."

Now seriously ladies is having a tan worth skin cancer? I have never heard of someone being dumped because they weren't "tan". Plus most people look orange from too much tanning bed usage. Do you really want to look orange? Do you really think that is attractive? And if you are seeking some sunlight in the winter take some Vitamin D. That's what your body is craving not a fake tan.