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May 15, 2006, Herald Journal

It’s not cool to have skin cancer


With summer coming, there is a greater emphasis on golden tan skin and some people are even getting prepared with tanning beds.

I haven’t visited a tanning bed since my brother’s wedding three years ago, but I do know the attraction: lasting tan fast. Who wants to pasty white legs in their new skirts and shorts? Not me. But I also don’t want skin cancer.

It seems all of the women want to look “cool” like the top models with their beautifully golden skin without a price. But let me tell ya, it’s not cool to have skin cancer.

Everyone knows the sun and especially tanning beds are dangerous for the skin, but what we won’t sacrifice for fake beauty.

I was recently reading my Glamor magazine and they had disgusting pictures of what skin cancer looks like.

They explained how skin cancer is rising because more and more people use tanning beds than ever before.

The article stated that only two percent of Americans visited the tanning salons in the 80s and in the 90s the number tripled.

It also stated that women 20 to 29 who used tanning beds once or more a month had increased their risk of melanoma by 150 percent.

Being a woman, I understand it’s nice to have that golden tan but it’s also important to protect your body. I’m only 26 and I don’t want to look like I’m 50 when I’m 40.

Being tan now will become a problem later.

Instead of going to tanning beds and broiling your skin, try the new spray tans. They are more expensive but after all beauty does pay a price. Now, over the counter self tanners have become much more user friendly and won’t leave your skin looking like a leopard.

Try different products until you find the one that works for you.

In the summer, use sunscreen, especially when you are out in the water since water attracts the sun. Don’t worry, you will still get a tan. Sunscreen isn’t sun proof. The face is especially important if you don’t want to be mistaken for a 70 year old when your fifty.

Also, bronzer for the face works like a charm for those who, like me, tend to look like the ghost of winters past.

One closing comment that was stated in the article. Don’t try to look like Gisele, who happens to be from Brazil if you are from Norwegian descent. It’s never going to happen and it’s definitely not safe to try.

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