Tan skin is damaged skin. There's almost nothing I crave more than a "healthy" bronzed glow. Especially during this time of year. The way I used to feel, warm and relaxed inside the tanning bed day after day throughout college... those days are long gone. Tan skin is damaged skin. Damaged. I can't stress it enough and feel many people hear it but don't actually comprehend it. The "it won't happen to me" mentality is far too common. But guess what, it will. As a BeautySweetSpot reader, you know how passionate I am about skin cancer awareness. Last year's "Confessions of A Former Tanorexic" blog post lead to a Good Morning America feature and much more. This week, as I prepare to vacation in Puerto Rico with my fiance, I'll be getting spray tanned before we go and of course, taking all precautions to practice safe sun while there.
“Skin cancer isn’t formed from just severe burns, continual tanning can play a role as well,” advises Dr. Marina Peredo. Trust me, and if you don't believe me, trust the dermatologist. Especially as the weather warms up and you begin to desire some color, remember tanned skin is damaged skin. If you are at a higher risk for skin cancers, Dr. Peredo recommends her patients receive a full body check every six months to monitor any suspicious spots.