Since it’s summertime somewhere in the world…

I need to get on my soapbox for a minute. For all you sun worshipping people who think it will never catch up: it does, and it will, and you can do one of two things:

  1. Not give a flying fig. Wrinkles, cancer, doesn’t matter; you’re not giving it up.
  2. Stop the sun worship. Like, today.

OK, this is the vanity portion of my public service announcement. For all you boys and girls who are looking good, tanned in your youth.

Leathery skin, excessive freckling, age spots, wrinkles. If you evade skin cancer, that’s what a lifetime in the sun will get you. If you’re willing to take the risk and could care less about looking like a leathery old bag in your golden years, then go for it. Nothing spells sexy like a spotted, saggy decolletage and knees.


Now here is the health portion of this announcement: your tan could kill you. Whether you obtain it in the sun or in a tanning bed/solarium, you are significantly increasing your risk of skin cancer. Is a tan worth this…or death?:


Vanity aside, skin cancer is the real reason you should avoid having a real tan, ever. And don’t think short periods in a tanning bed are safe either.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “Across all age groups, males and females who have ever used tanning beds have a 15 percent higher risk of developing melanoma…[and] based on 7 worldwide studies, people who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent.”

If that’s not enough info for you, here’s some more: 

  • Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than one million skin cancers are diagnosed annually.
  • Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

And for those Down Under:

  • Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia. More than 430,000 Australians are treated a year for skin cancers. Of these, over 10,500 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed.
  • Each year there are around 1,600 deaths from melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer.
  • Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

So. If you decide you do not want to look like a leathery old bag/risk skin cancer, you know you need to wear sunglasses, a hat, clothing, and most important, sunscreen. You should be wearing sunscreen on the parts of your body that see the sun every day, like your face, neck, and arms, at minimum. You know you’ve heard all this before. I’m not telling you anything new.

Anyway, I’m stepping off the soapbox. But before I go, since we’re talking sunscreen, I’m super excited that my favorite,ultrasheerspf100_185x225 inexpensive, daily-use sunscreen has gone from 85 SPF to100+ SPF with UVA/UVB protection: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer® Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100+ with Helioplex®! This sunscreen can only be procured in the U.S., but for those in other parts of the world, I’m sure a Google search would yield some company willing to ship it internationally. Try it…you’ll like it.

Bonus: Neutrogena makes an entire line of sun protection for babies and kids, as well as sunless tanning products if you must have some color.

PS: Happy 4th of July, USA!!!


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