The truth about tanning...

5.2.10

Last night I watched a programme on BBC Three called The Truth About Tanning which was fronted by Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud fame. Now I know she isn't the most popular or in some people's eyes not the most attractive member of the group but I really enjoyed this programme and I thought Nicola came across as a really genuine, kind and intelligent person. In my opinion she's the most stylish member of Girls Aloud - she always looks fabulous! Plus she manages to get the most amazing volume in her hair! (jealous)


The programme mainly highlighted the dangers of using sunbeds. I hold my hands up to using sunbeds in the past - usually just sporadically before a holiday a couple of times a week. I haven't used one for over a year now and I don't think I would ever use one again. They're not worth the risk and with the choices of fake tan out there it's so easy to fake it! Saying that I actually haven't used fake tan is over 6 months but I do like to use it before nights out occasionally and I enjoy tanning on holiday safely by regular applying sun cream. I tan very easily and don't burn which I'm grateful for, but this doesn't mean I'm not at risk of developing skin cancer. The family of a girl who had dark hair and olive skin talked about her battle with skin cancer and unfortunately she did not survive it.

The programme also showed Nicola talking to self-confessed "tanorexics". One of the young girls who was about 16 was addicted to tanning and would use sunbeds every single day and in all honesty she looked older than me. She did say at the end she had stopped using them and I really hope so because I dread to think how old she will look in 10 years time. And don't even get me started on the guy using tanning injections.... he not only injected himself but he also took tanning pills, used fake tan and used SEVERAL different tanning shops every day because the maximum time per shop was not enough for him (most shops only let you go on once every 24 hours). He needs rehab surely!

I like having a tan as much as the next girlie but surely it's not worth going to such extreme lengths. I know I will be sticking to faking it from now on!

If you missed it and want to watch then click HERE to go to BBC iPlayer.

28 comments:

  1. i watched this too, it has definatley made me more aware of the dangers of sunbeds now <3

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  2. I saw this - Nicola was really inspirational, i've never been on a sunbed and now I never will - i'll stick to faking it!
    xxx

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  3. Thanks for the post. I'm watching it now. She's such a pretty and brave girl! xx

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  4. I wish I had watched this! I can't watch IPlayer either, so hopefully it will be repeated! x

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  5. good post! i have used sunbeds in the past myself, but as i have very fair, nordic skin, i developed a lot of moles, and have had 7 or 8 removed because they could potentially get cancerous. i wasn't aware of the dangers before, but now it's all about the sun cream and fake tans for me, and i hope others will also start taking better care of their skin - and if they're not afraid of cancer, wrinkles and huge pores should scare them straight (to the sun cream shelf). it's such an important topic!

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  6. thats crazy!! I run away from the sun, its not worth looking bronzed now to only look like leather in the future!

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  7. I watched this! It was really good- reminded me to use more suncream in the summer :) xx

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  8. I have just watched this now and i'm shocked at the guy who was using tanning injections! Hopefully this programme will help people realise the danger.
    I have never been on a sunbed and i never will. I have never been a big fan of sunbathing either because I don't want my skin look like leather when I'm older. Being fair skinned has never bothered me.

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  9. I haven't watched it yet but can't wait to.
    You know how I love Nicola! <3 X

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  10. I watched this programme and found it really interesting. But tbh i didnt even find the guy who injected to even look good with his 'tan' he just looked red to me. I hope the young girl really did stop going on sunbeds, as like you say i dont see the point in people risking their health going on sunbeds when there are so many moisturisers and cremes that can give you a tan. But im as pale as right now and im glad to be happy within my own pale skin and think Nicola put a good message across with that point.

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  11. I saw this too and thought Nicola came across so well - and I agree that she's the most stylish member of girls aloud by a mile!

    I've never used a sunbed... I've always been a fake tan kinda girl. although I've just started to embrace my natural 'pale and interesting' look! haha x

    BUT this programme has definitley stopped me from ever using tanning beds... It scared me!

    & I wanted to say thanks for the suggestion - I'll definitley be changing my layout next week!

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  12. tanning kind of scares me now...

    that pic is so provacative. it really makes me think

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  13. hmm...I definitely agree with you that tanning beds can be dangerous. Most people are very misinformed about sun exposure and the actual causes of skin cancer. I was just talking to my doctor about this. He told me that these days, people are starting to avoid sun exposure all together because they are afraid of skin cancer and that causes them to become vitamin deficient. He said that we all need sun exposure to be healthy and allow our bodies to absorb vitamins. He also told me that many studies done on skin cancer have shown that areas of the body exposed to the sun and area not exposed both experienced skin cancers especially in patients who had a family history of skin cancer. I asked him about tanning beds and he said that using the beds occasionally was not going to cause cancer and could actually be good for someone who works inside a building and away from the sun a lot. I guess that using a tanning bed frequently for cosmetic purposes is definitely not a good idea, especially if you have a family history of skin cancer. I guess that both ends of the spectrum can be hazardous to our health. Avoiding the sun all together is bad, but overexposure like those "tanorexics" is really bad too. Really interesting post! Love your blogs, as always!!

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  14. Ooh i'll watch that this weekend. I was a tanaholic in my early 20s, I used to go on every other day. I regret it so much now and haven't been on a sunbed since 2007.

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  15. I can't believe so many youg girls are actually addicted to tanning! It is so worrying!

    Go Nicola, I say (being pale myself)!! :)

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  16. Thanks for this link. I missed the programme the other night, didn't know it would be online. Can't wait to watch it.

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  17. She is not the prettiest and she used to be the shy one who was seen as the least popular and looked all self concouis. But I think she is the one out of all of them who looks the most fashionable and a LOT more confident. She's my favourite member because of this, now she looks the most unique!

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  18. I love Nicola so much. Pale is beautiful, there's just no need to cause so much damage to your skin and looks just for a tan! This programme was excellent. I really hope she starts to expand her make up range.
    xoxo

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  19. I, THANKFULLY, never really got into the whole tanning craze. i went for one month and that was it. i noticed a change in my skin towards the end of the month and it wasn't a healthy look. yes my skin was tan and it even cleared up during that month but it didn't look youthful and healthy. that did it for me and decided never again!

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  20. this also put me off as well

    http://www.paleisthenewtan.com/

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  21. I hate tanning beds. I can count on one hand the times I have used them. Every time I have used them they have meet me seel uneasy whilst in the process. Part of being beautiful is accepting who you are. Anyway I would rather have the complexion of Anne Hathaway over Katie Price anyway.

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  22. I can never imagine being addicted to tanning!! Of course, I'm kinda already tan but honestly - how can you go so often unless it is some sort of body image issue or the chemical in the spraying tan beds. I can't imagine any other explanation!

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  23. i agree with you about Nicola, i love her and her style! and i think she looks lovely with her natural ginger hair and pale skin.

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  24. I missed this programme so will definitely catch it on the iPlayer. I love Nicola, she's my favourite Girls Aloud member!

    I'm naturally very pale and have never really got on with tanning. I've used a gradual tanner a few times but doubt I'll ever go in for a proper spray tan and I'd never use a sunbed. I just don't think extremely tanned skin suits me!

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  25. I cant believe I missed this :(

    Lots of love,
    Katie
    xoxo

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  26. I stopped using them when I watched final destination 3 lol :D xx

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  27. I definitely think she's the most stylish too but I can't stand her parting in her hair! Lol!

    I haven't watched this but I think I'll definitely try tonight.
    I've never used a sun bed and never will.
    I've kind of accepted that'll I'll never be nice and brown! Lol xx

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  28. I like to soak up a bit of sun every now and then too :( Oh and i also work in a pharmacy and tanning products are also bad for you. They contain toxic chemicals and the way most fake tans work is by dyeing your skin, so your body absorbs these chemicals :(

    That's why pregnant people should never use fake tan, it could harm their babies :)

    So i guess we just can't win now can we? :(

    -Kat

    http://katfish03.blogspot.com/

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