It’s beach season! Yay! That means that when I went to the beach last week I got sun poisoning, just like every year. Boooooo.
The whole concept of “sun poisoning” is baffling to me. Human beings have been living, hunting, farming, working, traveling, and just sort of existing in sunlight for our entire existence. The fact that I have such a violent reaction to sun exposure, then, made no evolutionary sense to me — that is, until I did my research. Here are nine important pieces of sun info you should know before you head out to soak up some rays this summer: Keep reading »
Ever get all dolled up and then look down at your painfully pale legs? If you’re coming out of winter hibernation and have a special event to go to, I’ve got the solution for you. No stockings required. Keep reading »
Of all the crazy Robert Pattinson rumors we’ve heard over the years, this one just may take the cake. According to a source, the normally pasty (in a good way) RPattz has resorted to spray-tanning to impress the ladies since his split with Kristen Stewart. My guess as to who started the ridiculous rumor? Lindsay Lohan and her Sevin Nyne marketing team.
While I don’t, for a single nanosecond, believe this poppycock to be true, let’s entertain the notion of Rob getting a spray tan for a bit. Because, well, why not? Read more at The Stir…
We get that having a tan can feel good, especially in the summer. But most of us don’t understand Tanning Mom’s desire to obtain that leathery shade of brown. And then there are others for whom Patricia Krentcil is a tanning icon.
Trish Paytas — you might remember her from an episode of “My Strange Addiction” – doesn’t get why everyone is attacking Tanning Mom. “I don’t know why people were making such a fuss — [Tanning Mom's] a beautiful color. Her tan would look great on me,” said the 24-year-old lingerie model who spends about $40,000 a year to get her skin that color. We beg to differ. Keep reading »
“We’re human beings and the sun is the sun — how can it be bad for you? I think we should all get sun and fresh air. I don’t think anything that is natural can be bad for you — it’s really good to have at least 15 minutes of sun a day.”
– Dr. Gwyneth Paltrow, noted dermatologist, recently told British Cosmopolitan that she disagrees with doctors who advise people against tanning. On one hand, this quote — which has to be the stupidest thing to ever come out of the actress’s mouth — just slightly endears me to her, as a fellow sunshine enthusiast. On the other hand, OMFG what a stupid quote. I may tan, but I also know it’s bad for me and take the necessary precautions (frequent reapplications of at least SPF 30, frequent visits to a dermatologist not named Dr. Paltrow) to at least lessen my chances of getting skin cancer. I agree that 15 minutes of sun per day is good for you — the body needs vitamin D — but the notion that anything natural can’t be bad for you is straight up dim. How about various poisonous plants, GP? Care to put some of those in your kale juice smoothie? [via Us Weekly]
Summertime. Cue the languid bathers soaking in the blistering summer sun in the park, on the beach and just about everywhere you look. Everyone’s trying to get that summer glow. Unless, of course, you’re me. I’m the girl reapplying her broad spectrum sunscreen and wearing a big floppy sun hat.
I’ve written before about why I don’t tan. Still, though I long ago accepted that my skin would never be described as “sun-kissed” or “bronzed,” the culture of tanning fascinates me. One in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives; skin cancer is now the most common form of cancer in the United States. Incidences of melanoma, the deadliest of skin cancers, increased by 800 percent in women and 400 percent in men between 1970 and 2009. Of the seven most common forms of cancer in America, melanoma is the only one whose incidence is increasing, and people who use a tanning bed before the age of 35 increase their risk of melanoma by 87 percent. Tanning has become akin to smoking – people know it puts them at risk for disease, but many just can’t stop. A significant number of those who have reluctantly dragged themselves out of the sun and tanning beds still spray tan. So what gives? Read more on College Candy…