To Tan or Not to Tan
As I was doing my usual pre-homework procrastination, I came across an interesting article about the increase of melanoma in women, despite the increase in awareness of the risks. I found this especially interesting because my first essay for this class was about UV exposure and my own experiences with tanning. I thought I had a pretty good understanding of the issue, but this article gave me tons of inspiration for essay revisions.
I will be the first to say that I enjoy being tan. Coming from a city where it is primarily cloudy during the year, the summer provides a few months that I am actually able to soak up some vitamin D (aside from the rays I get from tanning beds occasionally). I know what the risks of overexposure to the Sun is, and I’ve watched the aging effects it can have, but it’s hard to stop when laying out has become part of my daily summer routine over the past 19 years. I used to think that applying sunscreen was all I needed to do, but this article made it very clear that sunscreen, while helpful, will not be what prevents you from getting melonoma or other such diseases. The majority of the population, myself included, don’t even know how to properly apply sunscreen, in terms of quantity or frequency. And I know I certainly don’t apply it everytime I’m outdoors, even though you should.
The article makes several jokes about girls today wanting to look like Snooki, but in reality, if the majority of people I knew didn’t enjoy being tan I probably wouldn’t value it so much either. No one wants to be the “pasty” friend in prom pictures, so why not stop by the tanning salon if everyone else is? It’s easy to disgard the statistics if they haven’t become immediately relevant to you.
What are you all’s views on tanning? Has society made it more acceptable depsite the obvious risks?
Here’s the article if you’re interested: