For all the ladies who endured the rough and tumble month of Movember, now is your chance to have a little fun of your own. This January, the wonderful Warwick Foundation – an organisation dedicated to supporting 18-40 year olds with cancer – is launching No Tan Jan, an entire month dedicated to ditching your sessions on the beach and absolutely abolishing that nasty death bed more commonly known as the solarium.
It still baffles me how sun beds continue to exist. They’ve even gone so far as to strengthen the laws against usage, but in my opinion, they need to just nix them altogether. Seriously. But of course, it’s not just the solarium who causes all the trouble, it’s the sun, too.
Sadly, melanoma is the most common form of cancer for 18-40 year olds. When you think that melanoma is, in fact, a preventable disease, it’s tragic to think of all the young lives lost simply because we weren’t strict enough with our sun regimen. Sure, you need to get some sun for your vitamin D levels, but anymore than 10 minutes a day, out of the hours of 11am-3pm is unnecessary.
Sure, I may be girl who wears sunscreen to get to the car in the morning, and am always a little shocked when I’m the only one at boot camp wearing a hat. Yes, it’s 6am but I’m not prepared to take the risk. Perhaps it’s my job – the constant reminder of skin ageing due to sun exposure is a big deterrent – or maybe it’s because my mum spent her life on the beach, coated in coconut oil, and had to have a cancer cut out of her nose. Whatever the reason, I know this for sure; risking your life (and your looks) for a tan simply isn’t worth it. I’ll fake it instead. And you should too.
Some important tips to remember…
1. Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen. These protect against both UVA and UVB rays, both of which are damaging.
2. While sunscreen is an imperative step, don’t forget to protect your eyes with some sunnies and double your dose of sun protection with a hat too.
3. The majority of skin damage occurs before your fifteenth birthday, so if you have a child, or are a youngster yourself, please, please, please slap that ‘screen on before the damage is done.
Tell me Happies…
Are you a serial tanner?
What do you do to protect yourself?
Are you going to sign up to No Tan Jan? Go on…