Hey everyone! Today I have a serious post for you. Seriously.. it's serious.
Last year, you may remember that I shared my tanning tips with you, both sunless and indoor tanning.. and while I never made any effort to pretend that indoor tanning was safe (I actually told you that it's not), I continued to risk my health to achieve that sun-kissed glow. Every time I got into a tanning bed, I literally laid there and chanted "Cancer. Cancer. Cancer.." to myself on a constant loop. My family begged me to stop going and I didn't.. but this year is different.
Here are some facts from Cosmo:
DID YOU KNOW...
- Skin cancer is now the most prevalent of all cancers? And Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is now the second most common cancer in women ages 20-29, according to the American Cancer Society.
- Both UVA and UVB rays are damaging to the skin. There's no amount of "safe sun." Not even a base tan. It won't protect you from a future burn, it's actually damage on its own.
- Skin damage is cumulative, so the more you accrue, the greater your cancer risk.
- Just FIVE sunburns at any time in your life double your risk of developing skin cancer.
- 70% of all UV rays penetrate through clouds, so your chances of getting burned on a cloudy day are about equal to that of getting burned on a sunny day.
- Skin cancer can be fast growing: a mole can appear on your skin and develop into Melanoma within 6 months.
- African American women are at risk for skin cancer, too. However, their skin cancer turns up in areas of their body with lighter pigment: the soles of the feet, the palms, or under a finger or toenail. Because these areas aren't always in plain sight, cancer that develops there isn't always caught until it reaches a later, more dangerous state.
And the kicker...
- If you tan indoors (in a tanning bed) before the age of 30, you increase your risk of developing skin cancer by 75%.
If that's not enough to make you stop, or at least take a step back from the tanning bed, and think.. I don't know what is. I can't honestly say that I'm thrilled to be embracing my paleness, but when faced with those odds.. I think I might as well just go ahead and buy some stock in sunless tanners. Especially since I'm kind of like the Sunless Tanning Queen. Truth be told, I've never been much of a gambler, and I've already taken entirely too many risks with my skin.
Ideally, you should be wearing sunblock with SPF every day. I don't know if I'm ready to go that far at the moment, but I do know that I will no longer be using a tanning bed at all, and I won't lay out without using a high SPF sunblock from now on.
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I thought this was something important to share with y'all, especially since Spring and Summer are practically upon us, and Spring Breaks are fast approaching.
If you have time, check out my Foolproof Sunless Tanning Guide and learn how to do a skin self-check. Be sure to report anything suspicious to your doctor immediately! It's never too late to be proactive, and you might just end up saving your own life!