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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tanning for a "HEALTHY GLOW"? Think AGAIN...

Sun worshipers, 
cancer bed goers, 
LISTEN UP!! 
Spring is peeking around the corner! 
Many start thinking about 
summer, 
bathing suits... 
and of course, 
their TAN... 
You've heard the warnings at least a million times... right?? But many refuse to heed the warnings. The evidence is CLEAR... 
WHAT will it TAKE? 
I have friends from early teens continuing into adulthood go frequently to tanning beds and their favorite past time was "laying out" to "WORK" on their tan. Now THAT's and ambitious endeavor... but in their minds it was the ultimate goal. I even had a good childhood friend/neighbor who's mom was out "working" on her tan almost daily! Was she tan? Definitely! But she was also under 35 with skin of leather and wrinkles emerging... 
That was three decades ago and on the other side of the country... I can't help but wonder if she is still around. Is that a good trade off? Even THEN, in the 70's we had warnings about cancer and limiting exposure. The evidence continues to GROW! So what is so compelling that draws people to crave the almighty tan? 
*Appearance
*Compliments
*Sense of visible achievement
*Feels good
*It's ADDICTIVE

The following related videos 
are quite informative! 
I hope you'll watch at least one!
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Indoor tanning's dark side: 

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75% increased risk is pretty steep! 

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So what are some alternatives to that good tan feeling? 

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And the best prescription for a healthy glow is of course:
 

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 If you just HAVE to have that tan, go for: 
*Bronzers 
*Sunless self-tanning lotion 
*Spray tans 
Get the "LOOK" without the risk! 
If you spend a lot of time in the Summer sun, 
 protect yourself with sunscreen! 
You can get added protection from 
a large brimmed hat and sunglasses, too. 
*****
I have fair skin and I do NOT tan. 
I'm not saying that I've never gone to a 
tanning bed or laid out on the beach... 
I seriously CAN NOT TAN! 
I burn and I freckle! 
When I was a teen, I went a few times before a pageant to a tanning bed. I have to admit that I will burn even in one session... so I would cut the time of the sessions down. Did I sport a nice tan for the event? Hardly... Later there was a guy that gave me a gift card for 10 tanning sessions because he thought I'd look better with a tan... after 3 times and the resulting multiplied darker freckles... he said, "Don't go anymore..." LOL!! Don't get me wrong, I don't HATE my freckles, but I definitely don't want them to be how my appearance is described! "That's her, the one with all the freckles..." I just don't desire to purposely multiply and darken them. 
(how I would have looked had I continued tanning...)
Faded is fine with me... 
(Me in 10th grade...
DON'T make fun of the tie!! 
That was IN!! LOL!)

Perhaps I'm one of the lucky ones! Because of my fair skin and difficulty in the "field of tanning", I am forced to use more caution when it comes to my skin exposure. In more recent years, bright light also triggers migraines. (Now I actually avoid bright light... go figure...College boy calls me "creature of the night/dark" Smartypants!!) I may be lacking the benefits of absorbing vitamin D... I'll take the supplements, thanks...  

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4 comments:

Kittie Howard said...

What a great post! You couldn't pay me to go into one of those tanning rooms. When I was a kid, my family went to Florida. I saw a skinny woman in a swimsuit sitting in the sub. She stood up. She was all wrinkles. It scared me! No NO!

Garden of Egan said...

I love the sun. I used to tan, I liked the "glow"....however as I age I'm a monster about sunscreen. I work in a skin care clinic parttime and I see the horrid effects of sun damage.

Good post.

Cheeseboy said...

Word must be getting out because three tanning places have gone out of business in the last 3 months by us.

I love to see pics of my blogger friends in HS. Too funny.

shah wharton said...

Hey - I just got back form the beach! Whoops. Actually I'm great as I spend most my time under the brolly! And put lots a cream on and wear sunnies all the time. Not a massive sun worshipper now. Used to be though - baking in coconut oil in the garden - terrible.

Sorry I missed this last week - like i said I had family visiting so could only give so much. Also id spent what little time i had sorting out TWO blogs for my sister's new businesses. I barely slept for 48 hrs.

Back this Wednesday though with anorexia and kids article.

I've posted a poem, Love to know what you think of my poem which is called Eternal Bondage - about my relationship with mental illness.

Hope all is well with you this week. Shah .X

http://wordsinsync.blogspot.com/2011/03/poem-eternal-bondage-monday-madness.html?

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