In this cold cold weather, even a tiny ray of sunshine can make our day and get us dreaming of a tropical vacation. So you go to the tanning salon, telling yourself that you're looking pale AF and well, spring (and sundresses) is just around the corner.
But here's an idea: don't! If you want to get a tan, sunbeds are the worst idea possible - haven't we learned this by now?
A post of a woman warning people about sunbeds has gone viral and is bound to remind you (or convince you) about how dangerous they can really be. Mallory Lubbock is a 26-year-old mum from America, who shared the viral photos of her skin cancer journey on Facebook.
Mallory's teenage tanning bed habit caused a cancerous spot to develop on her upper lip. She hopes the photos of her surgery and her story will help teens to not make the same mistake she did: "I remember seeing skin cancer posts on Facebook and thinking, Oh, that'll never happen to me," she told Yahoo Lifestyle. "I'm so young and will now deal with this the rest of my life."
In her post, she asks mums to set the example for their daughters: "Get your daughters out of tanning beds. Get your 16-year-old sister out of them. Hell, get out of them yourselves! It’s so not worth it."
A found that "the average skin cancer risk from sunbeds can be more than double that of spending the same length of time in the Mediterranean midday summer sun," that's why sunbeds are prohibited in various countries around the world.
And you know the drill, always wear sunscreen.
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