How much tan is too much tan?

You've probably seen the woman now called 'tanorexia' after she reportedly took her young daughter to a tanning bed while she herself is so tan - actually baked/fried/roasted that it doesn't look good and it sure doesn't look healthy.

Now, the latest: H&M apologizes for featuring bronzed model
after the Swedish Cancer Society becomes angered with and scolds the clothing retailer, H&M, for their display of Isabeli Fontana on a beach wearing a brightly colored bathing suit and so tan that she almost looks African American if you didn't know who she was. Wonder why they wouldn't just use a beautiful black model instead of getting this model so dark that she doesn't even look like herself. No doubt, lots of spray tanning, possibly tanning booths, lotions, potions and even the sun could account for this tan - the story doesn't say, just our opinion. H&M apologized and wants everyone to know they aren't condoning sunning or getting this dark but, it will help their sales no doubt. Keep reading for more about tanning.

                                                       image from shine from yahoo

Let's talk about tanning a bit and how much tan is too much tan.
     The sun's rays are very powerful and you increase your risk of cancer every time you burn your skin. It may not show up as cancer for years and many people that tanned as teenagers and young adults get skin cancers many years later. Just because you don't get it right away doesn't mean you're safe from getting cancer!
     The lighter or fairer your skin is, the more dangerous the sun is since you have little melanin to protect your skin from the rays. Everyone can potentially get skin cancers, no one is immune no matter how dark your skin is to begin with!
     The more we learn about how dangerous tanning is, isn't it our very own responsibility to learn about it and take heed? Yes, of course it is but, the Swedish Cancer Society has a point when they state that young people will see this as 'the look' to obtain and we'll see more and more younger men and women on the beaches, at the parks, in their yards or wherever laying in the sun without proper protection aiming for this super dark bronze tan.
     Tanning beds are getting in danger of being shut down if some groups have their way as a means to protect the public from the cancer potential.
     Would you stop tanning with tanning beds or dangerous sprays and chemicals if you knew it was bad for you? We'd love your comments below. Some people just don't believe it's dangerous or that cancer will ever happen to them.
     See our article on self tanner tips and follow it and don't go for the look that H&M is showing in this advertisement.

Getting a tan - a safer alternative
     Use a self tanning lotion! It's simple really. Tanning lotions have built in color that when added as a lotion to your skin build up the level and layers of color. Not all products are alike and you get what you pay for. Healthy ingredients cost more just like when you go to the supermarket and buy all fresh fruits and vegetables but, they're so much yummier and so much better for you. Want more color, add another coat and wait 10-20 minutes until it's dry. Choose a natural product with healthy ingredients or you'll just do as much damage to your skin from toxins and chemicals. Check out Caribbean Solutions Self Tanner and read all the positive reviews from other customers, we think you'll be happy with this product for giving you the look of a tan, safer than baking in the sun! Or, search for another you like better and use it if you want a darker color. The bottom line is that tanning is dangerous and it's up to each of us to take responsibility for what we do to our skin.

Be safe, have radiant skin that is healthy and you'll be happy you paid attention to how much tan is too much!

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