I don’t know about you guys, but for me being tan is one of the best feelings. Being tan helps you to look slimmer, makes your teeth appear whiter, makes freckles pop out, and basically just improves your overall appearance. I am not saying that you have to be tan to be pretty or any of these things at all, this is just my opinion!! I know that being tan actually means that you are causing damage to your skin, but the world we live in today seems to idolize being tan.
Prom in my town is a really big deal. Personally, I have not understood why prom is such a big deal, but I guess it is. The first year I went was my sophomore year of high school. I was as pale as a ghost the day of prom. I felt so insecure, because everyone else at prom was so dark! I didn’t realize it, but almost every girl in my high school tans in a tanning bed before prom. I have been scared of tanning beds my entire life. I have always associated skin cancer and wrinkles with tanning. Which is totally right of me to do, because tanning causes both of these things.
January of last year all my friends had started talking about how they had already started tanning for prom. I thought this was crazy, but everyone was doing it. I felt really peer pressured into it, so one day after school I went to a local gym that has tanning beds, and went tanning. I was so scared I was going to get electrocuted lol. I laid for 3 minutes in a 10 minute bed starting out. If you aren’t aware how tanning beds work, they are basically just ranked on minutes of intensity. Like for instance you will get the same tan in a ten minute bed if you go for 10 minutes, as you would in a 20 minute bed if you tanned for 20 minutes. I got the hang of tanning and would usually do it 5 days a week, while I kept increasing my time. About two weeks in I started to tell I was getting tanner! I became pretty obsessed with getting tanner, so I would just keep going.
My tanning got to where the 10 minute bed wouldn’t do anything for me anymore. I remember one specific time that I went 10 minutes in the 10 minute bed and then I reset it and went for another 6 minutes. Meaning 16 minutes total!! This was one of the worst mistakes ever. My face and body were so burnt. I had blisters on my face and on my body. Tanning bed burns aren’t like natural sun burns. To me they smell kinda funny, hurt super bad, but go away really quickly. After this incident I cut back quite a bit. I was at my tannest point the beginning of April I want to say, but by the time prom rolled around I had gotten a little paler. After prom I pretty well quite tanning in a tanning bed all together.
This year I hate to say it, but I will probably tan in a tanning bed again. I wish that I would have learned my lesson, but the heat feel so good on your skin and I love the way I look with a tan. My grandma is a huge advocate for not tanning, because she has had many issues with skin discoloration and melanoma spots. My aunt has also had these. I am aware that tanning is directly associated with cancer, but it also has some really great benefits as well. Such as; gets rid of razor burn, clears skin, and makes freckles come out (which are so cute!).
Let me know your opinions on tanning down below. Hope you are all having a great week!