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Talk About Tanning!

August 9, 2008 at 7:00PM by Devin Tomb |


I was talking to my friend, who goes to school in Florida, this morning about a little thing called tanning. I’ll admit it, I like to be tan, but as someone who goes to school in Pennsylvania, I think tanning once a week is a lot.

Well, she clued me in on tanning trends in the south that I just couldn’t believe! When she was in college, there was a tanning bed right on sorority row, which is clearly a prime location for the tanning business. According to her, students on her campus could buy a month of unlimited tanning for only $20! Even more alarming, she had friends who bought packages at multiple tanning salons so they could tan more than once a day!

Is that why tanning is so popular? Because it’s quick and cheap? Because it’s so accessible? I guess a sunny glow in ten minutes would be pretty hard to resist if you lived right next door, and it cost less than a dollar.

With summer winding down to a close, I am treasuring the few moments I have left to lay in the sun. Even though I’m a firm believer in sunscreen, it’s hard for me to slap on SPF 30 when I only get a few hours in the sun a week during my time off of work.

So, what is there to do now? Whether you’re in a tanning bed seven days a week or in the sun without protection, the damage is already done, and now it’s time to protect yourself.

The Skin Cancer Foundation has a great website, where they describe skin conditions that are normal and growths or moles that should be checked out. They’ll also tell you how to give yourself a self-examination right in the privacy of your own bathroom.

One of the CosmoGirl editors recommended that I visit a dermatologist near the end of the summer in order to check my skin for anything suspicious. This is because, just like me, many girls spend most of their time in the sun during the summer, so the end of August is a good time to get checked. It’s the least we can do for our sun-damaged skin. I’m making my appointment right away!

How often do you go tanning? Do you use a bed or the beach? Do you think it’s safe to tan as often as you do?

Devin Tomb
Editorial Intern

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