Tanning beds and booths have come with health warnings for as long as I can remember.
It’s common knowledge that a large amount of UV radiation can lead to skin cancer and premature aging.
The same kids who lather coconut oil on their skin during a hot summer’s day are usually the same ones who spend hundreds of dollars at tanning salons.
According to SkinCancer, “people who use a tanning bed before the age of 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75%.”
But no matter how many times we warn young girls to avoid these danger zones, it seems like the short term benefit of getting that beautiful glow outweighs the long term reality of developing a serious skin condition.
Three years ago, Tawny Dzierzek was 27 years old when she shared a selfie of her tanning scars on social media.
“If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like … Learn from other people’s mistakes. Don’t let tanning prevent you from seeing your children grow up,” she wrote in her Facebook post’s caption.
After years of tanning, Mallory Lubbock confessed she did see graphic images like Tawny’s on the internet, but thought, “Oh, that’ll never happen to me.” But it did, and now she has a powerful message for everyone who doesn’t think twice before they get that fake glow: