You thought health care reform was all about boring stuff like health insurance, didn’t you? Well, it’s far more fabulous than that: Washington, D.C.’s finest are fretting over several medical procedures of interest to the casts of “Jersey Shore” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” including Botax and fake baking.
The latest news? A tax on plastic surgery is out, while a tax on indoor tanning is in.
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I knew tanning beds weren’t a great idea, but I didn’t realize they were this bad! People who start fake-baking before age 30 have a 75 percent higher chance of getting cancer and are eight times more likely to get melanoma. [Guh-reat. -- Editor] But, wait: It gets worse. Asbestos, arsenic, radium, and cigarettes are all as carcinogenic as the UV light found in tanning booths. Some tanning salons say they use UV-A light, which was previously thought to be safer, but the committee that conducted this study says, “Hell, no.” No matter what type of UV radiation you’re exposed to, you’re in trouble. Stay away, girls. Stay far, far away! I wonder if tanning salons will have to put some kind of warning signs on their front doors, like you see on packs of ciggies. [LA Times]
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When it comes to buying things for their pets, for some (lucky) folks it’s all recession, what? Just when we thought a dog flying via private jet was the apex of crazy pet services, the newest ridiculousness that’s been born into the pampered pooch universe: Dog tanning booths. Well, sort of. They’re called Fauna Saunas and the company claims the heated spa beds are “radiant heat-enhanced.” Essentially, they emit “far infrared” warmth, which feels to a dog (or cat) like they’re basking in sunlight. Wait … most people do have a home or apartment with windows where sun streams through, right? This makes us wonder where you need to draw the line. Keep reading »
Those Italians just love the sun. So much so that they just came out with a new line of bikinis called Skin, which feature heart cutouts on the butt so that when you’re baking on the beach, you’re left with a little tattoo-tan on your behind. Clearly, these are only for the I Heart Tanning set, otherwise known the I Heart Skin Cancer crowd.
What do you think? Would you risk the rays for a cute, temporary tat? Or rather wear a wetsuit before you start burning your skin? [Skin-Italy.com] Keep reading »
Dear Dr. Derm, forgive me for what I’m about to say.
So, yeah, “tan me” is way hotter than “pasty-and-pale me.” (And by way hotter, I’m not intimating that I’m incredibly good-looking—or even a little good-looking—it’s about that little bit of bronze that balances out my sometimes ruddy skin, makes my hair look blonder without the $250 highlighting bill and let’s me walk out of the house with some Aquaphor on as lip gloss and nothing else). But, since tanning is universally known to cause bad stuff (hi, cancer), I refrain and instead hit the bottle.
Either way you go, the bottle tan or the UV-ray real thing, getting bronzed often produces the most brutal (and totally hilar) stories. To wit…
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Because her line of leggings was so successful (ahem), Lindsay Lohan wants to bring her sense of style and beauty from winter and fall into spring and summer — that’s why she’s launching a line of sunless tanning lotions so you too can get that straight outta Long Island glow. Mom Dina and sister Ali are clearly fans, but would you rely on LiLo to find the right shade of adobe, coral, or russet to give you that “just spent the weekend in Cabo” look? [Stylelist]
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When I heard that VP-nominee Sarah Palin installed a tanning bed in the Governor’s Mansion in Alaska, I was simultaneously amused and appalled. But Palin isn’t alone. There are tons of celebrities who are STILL fans of visiting the tanning salon despite all the research which shows how dangerous the practice is — of course, some of them do indulge in the much safer spray-tanning craze, as well. Either way, the color their skin turns is hardly what you’d consider…flattering or particularly natural and healthy-looking. Check out the color samples above — those are the actual skin colors of celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, and Paris Hilton — with the imaginary names I’d give them if they actually bottled it in fake tanner formula. Check out all the celebrities with an obsession for having a bronze glow, after the jump… Keep reading »