Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Scary Trend

It's that time of the year where everyone is itching for summer.  And of course with this awkward time of year comes the craving to have a sun kissed look, tan.  For some reason most people just are not content with the natural pale look.  Because of this, a lot of people resort to using tanning beds or laying out excessively on these random 80 degree days in April. 
This weekend while picking a few things up at the grocery store I decided to treat myself to a magazine, Glamour. One of the article squeezed between the mass amounts of advertisements was about skin Cancer. You can find the article here, but in this post I summarized most of what it said.

  • one fake bake tanning session increases your risk of getting melanoma skin cancer by 20%
  • A first degree relative with melanoma is a risk factor to you getting it too
  • In 2007- 59,940 people were diagnosed with the deadliest form of skin cancer
    • In 2013 it is projected that 76, 690 people will be diagnosed
Tips for Preventing skin cancer...
  • Where a hat while outside.  There are tons of cute ones out there.
  • When buying sunscreen look for the words: water-resistant, broad spectrum, SPF 30 or more
  • Make an annual appointment with a dermatologist
  • Re-apply sunscreen
What I do...
  • I have never been tanning at a tanning salon.
  • I have yearly appointments with my dermatologist.
  • I am working to be better at wearing a hat, this past summer I opted quite frequently for a white baseball style cap with my college's name on it.  I used to have a straw hat, but it broke.  I am search of a new one!
  • I always wear sunscreen, but I'm not the best at remembering to re-apply.
  • My daily face moisturizer contains SPF 15, so on a daily basis I at least have this on at all times of the year.
This is my favorite sunscreen.  It smells good and it moisturizes your skin while protecting it.

This is what I use on my face for sunscreen.  It is less oily, and feels like you are wearing moisturizer rather than sunscreen.



  1. I read that article in Glamour as well! Totally agree with you 100%! I'm also proud to have never been to a tanning bed before. :-)

    xoxo Miss ALK

    P.S. I finally responded to your comment on my blog from a few days ago and sent you an e-mail back!

    1. Yay for never been in a tanning bed! I did get your email, thank you!