Why You Should Stay Away From Sun Beds This Holiday Season


Now the clocks have gone back, days are getting shorter and cool autumnal weather means bye-bye sunscreen and hello layers of clothing.

As we head into the holiday season for many the temptation to ‘keep up the glow’ my drive them to seek out the glowing UV light of the tanning salon. .

According to the American Academy of Dermatology evidence demonstrates a clear link between indoor tanning and skin cancer. The major risk factor for melanoma is exposure to ultraviolet light, and studies show that exposure to tanning beds increases the risk of melanoma — especially in women aged 45 years or younger.

Despite attempts by the tanning industry to convince the public that indoor tanning is safe, dermatologists have long argued that tanning beds are a public health hazard and strong new data continues to support these claims.

Remember Patricia Krentcil, the ‘tanning mom’ from New Jersey who became so addicted to sun beds that she was diagnosed with ‘tanorexia’?

Despite looking like a saddle she continued to bake herself until she found herself in court on charges for child endangerment when her 6 year old daughter got sunburned after UV exposure on a sun bed!

So this holiday season try a spray bronzer, pantyhose (not only give legs a tan look but covers up dry skin too), brush on sparkly sun-glow make-up and embrace your pale perfection!

How will you be combating your winter skin this season?

About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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9 Responses to Why You Should Stay Away From Sun Beds This Holiday Season

  1. Hahaha “despite looking like a saddle”. GREAT! Thanks for the follow as well – your blog is super interesting 🙂 x S x

  2. This is a great reminder for the holiday season. Thanks for posting. It’s also important to remember to protect your skin if you head to the slopes to ski this winter. Our research has found that people on vacation don’t just burn at the beach, sunburn is very common at ski resorts too.

  3. I’m trying to control bad winter skin by switching to a moisture-rich body wash and switching up the lotions I use. It usually works. 🙂
    I nominated you for a blogger award: http://lichevymetsgrrl.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/liebster-award/

  4. Love this post. I just embrace my fairness in the winter. It is was it is. lol!

  5. A timely article given that I of fair-haired lineage have recently discovered dark spots on my back. I am calling a skin specialist today and hope to not have complications. I got a number of blistered sunburns in my youth. We didn’t have a lot of good sunblock in those days. I guess the effect is cumulative?

  6. I’ll be in Florida this winter holiday, so natural tan for me:))

  7. I think orange skin is never really a good look, so I’m with you on this one 🙂
    You write great, by the way!

  8. My maternal grandmother died of melanoma… my understanding is that I have a greater chance of getting it since I have a blood relative who actually died from it. I am dark skinned (my paternal grandmother was Cherokee Indian), but still… I try to avoid the sun and definitely do not do tanning beds at all.
    Thanks for the great post.


  9. culturalconnect says:

    I remember my sister told me in her Advanced Biology class a number of years ago that some girl, who tans a lot, defended her habits by suggesting that, since she was young, by the time she had cancer “there would be a cure for that too.”
    Are you kidding me? Puh-lease. Haha
    Anyways, thanks for sharing! This message needs to be more strongly conveyed to younger generations and those are don’t realize they are risking their lives to burn their bodies (it *should* suggest a risk right there…but I digress). Thanks for the follow; I look forward to reading more!


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