Monday, July 19, 2010

Healthy Monday: A "Healthy" Tan?

What’s more important to you? A “healthy” tan or a healthy body.

Many women like to tan before their wedding. And in all honesty, it makes sense. Rarely do you see an advertisement for a pale bride draped over a chaise, dripping from head to toe in an exquisite wedding gown.* The types of people we commonly associate with beauty - actors, singers, models, movie stars, etc... - wear a perfect golden glow year round. So when a bride has her red carpet moment, I can understand why a pasty white glow can make her feel about as sexy as a turtle.

But is the “sexy” tan worth the dangers? According to the National Cancer Institute, women who use tanning beds more than once a month are 55 percent more likely to develop malignant melanoma. 55 PERCENT!? Wow. Even a day at the beach can increase your risk of skin cancer. If that doesn’t jolt you, get this: the sun causes wrinkles. That’s right ladies. The sun actually damages the elasticity of your skin, which is why women who spend too much time sunbathing tend to look like leather as they age.

Rather than touting the goods of sunless self tanners, I thought I might try a different route. Let's forget slathering more chemical laden products on our bodies! What if we all embraced our natural skin color and learned to love what we were born with. After all, is it really fair that we allow society’s definition of beauty change what we see in the mirror?

I know this is easier than done (trust me, I’m about as tan as an albino rabbit) so next Monday I’ll be highlighting some of the more environmentally-friendly tanning options on the market. In the meantime, lets contemplate how turtles can be sexy... hard shell, pretty dark green color, dark eyes...

*This article originally posted in May of 2009. Since then I have noticed more vampire-esque brides being featured in magazines, but it's probably more a marketing reaction to the hype created by the Twilight series of books.


Dynamite Weddings said...

Love this!

Paula@DreamWeddingItaly said...

LOL @ the turtles! I agree, in fact I have just recently learned to embrace my natural paleness - and as a pasty white Scot living among the Mediterranean beauties of Italy, it hasn't been easy!

Wedding planning said...

I loved your article....Because the Bridal Party is made up of a variety of people, you need a program that will suit everybody

Anonymous said...

Excepting my natural skin color is fine but I do not want to show up on my wedding day with tan lines in my strapless wedding gown.

Clair said...

I've struggled with this a lot! I'm of celtic origin and work in an I'm really pale (like...last time I went to the pool, someone started a conversation about how pale I am). I'm kind of insecure about it because 2/3 of my bridesmaids go tanning and are thus really tan.

I haven't actually decided what to do yet. With all we know about tanning beds and how bad they are, I'm not going in one. But I might go in for a professional spray tan... I don't want to look totally washed out in all my pictures.

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