Reckless Summer Tanning Compromises Your Long-term Beauty and Looks

Reckless Summer Tanning Compromises Long-term Beauty–Looks

It’s been a scorcher of a summer so far, and it started a little late for most of the country, so I know my Fashionista was eager to get out there and get her tan on. As much as I prefer my own look, a little darker in tan, there are some risks to over-exposure. And, before you scoff at me and go lay in a tanning bed for some more immediate, gratifying color– hear me out.

Tanning Bed

Tanning Bed

I am definitely a risk taker. Disclaimer: I’m not recommending this for you– But I don’t wear seat belts or helmets, and I probably never will. Honestly [I believe] there are so many other things that are likely to kill me. Now, you’re thinking how could I compare tanning to what you might say is driving irresponsibly? Well, here is my confession: I just invested in a 12 month membership at “At The Beach” tanning where, as the commercial says, you can “get your tan on”. I used it for about two months until an agent, who is advising me in the modeling field, suggested I try to get as white as possible. She wants to market me in Asia, as I am not quite tall enough to be considered “tall” in other markets. Naturally, white is “in” in Asia per the look consumers can relate to.

Since then, I have been wearing 100 (yes, 100!) spf sunscreen at work since I am in direct sun all day. I’ve heard the sun prematurely makes your skin wrinkly, leathery, and potentially cancerous, but it’s easy to brush those worries aside because you don’t really notice or see the signs on your skin when you’re young. But after protecting my skin for just a short amount of time, I can see and feel a difference– My face is softer, clearer, and more even-toned.

Fashionista, some sun exposure is important, but I do recommend adding sun-protection to your daily routine. Don’t avoid the sun altogether as it lifts your mood and is a source of vitamin D– And these benefits are not reduced when using sunscreen. If you must get your tan on, I would recommend a gradual self-tanning lotion or a spray-tan, such as VersaSpa.

Disclaimer: Consult your doctor before changing any health routine or skin care regimen. We do not claim to be experts in any fields that may be in any way related to this post.

About Anna Marie

Ana Marie is an incoming junior at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is double-majoring in Spanish and Journalism, and hopes to one day have a career that combines those two fields. Ana is a Boulder native and loves fashion, art, cooking, fitness, and spending time with her boyfriend, Mark. Ana is also exploring the world of modeling and hopes it takes kindly to her.