Every year at this time I see so many young girls who come in to get made up for proms or weddings. And every year it is the same thing - girls that are using tanning beds and parents that are allowing them to. Considering a prom appointment is about 20 minutes long and these girls are excited for their big night that is not the moment for me to start trying to educate them - and their mothers on the harm tanning beds and tanning in general does to their daughters.
Recently I lost a 24-year-old client to skin cancer. Yes, 24-years-old and yes to one of the most preventable forms of cancer out there. To say I am sad is an understatement - this was a beautiful, caring and loving girl who was with me for many years. Heartbroken is more like it. I also warned her to stop tanning and she, like most teens, thought it would never happen to her.
I ask that you educate yourselves and your children on the danger of skin cancer and tanning beds. Here are some facts that can be found on The Skin Cancer Foundation Journal: The rise of skin cancer rates just happen to coincide with the introduction of indoor tanning beds in the 1970's; People who tan indoors are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma; 2.5x more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma; 71 percent of tanning salon patrons are girls and women ages 16-29.
If this blog makes just one person decide against tanning it was worth the effort. If it makes one mother tell her daughter no, you may not go tanning it was worth the effort.
A true healthy glow is your own skin tone when you take care of it. I sell makeup and tinted moisturizers with SPF. I can show anyone how to achieve a bronzey look through makeup and there are really good self tanners on the market now that don't leave you looking orange if you really need to look tan. But, honestly, if you look in any fashion magazine the women that grace those pages are not tan. The fashion industry knows tan does not equal beautiful - now we just need to make sure our young people know this too!