Trend Report: Porcelain is the New Tan
Well, we can hear dermatologists rejoicing from all ends of the earth -- because ladies, being tan is no longer the look.
It's the trend sweeping the nation, among celebrities and everyday women alike, a movement away from overly-tanned skin. Don't get us wrong, we strongly believe in the power of bronzer and a healthy glow, but we think taking care of your skin should be one of your top priorities. It's a good thing shelves are filling with products with an SPF as high as 150+, because over the past few decades the chance of women between the ages of 18-39 getting melanoma has increased by 800 percent. That's not a typo -- 800%. For young men, the number falls at 400%, still extremely unsettling.
So if you're not thinking about skin cancer when you head to the beach, you should be. The rates of other forms of skin cancer are rising alarmingly as well, but melanoma is the deadliest form of the disease. Doctors told Glamour Magazine that even if you're applying SPF, it doesn't mean you can sit in the sun all day. We think we're being safe by applying some sunscreen, but if you're not reapplying at least every 45 minutes, you're going to be in trouble.
One other thing that's important, besides protecting your skin as best as you can, is getting the right doctor to take care of you. A regular physician isn't an expert on your skin, so be sure you're seeing a dermatologist at least once a year for a check up.
The Skin Cancer Foundation tells us that "Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon," and that 1 in 5 of us will have this disease in our lifetime.
Equally important: if you're planning on hitting the tanning salon before your vacation, don't. Just one trip to a tanning bed increases your chances for Melanoma by 20%, and each subsequent visit can increase your chances by 2% more. While Caucasians are most at risk for developing melanoma, it is often deadlier for other ethnicities. We're all at risk, we all need to be aware.
It's scary, we know! That's why sunless tanners are a gem, but so is loving the skin you're born with. Skin cancer is no joke, so we're glad to see women changing their tune.
Take a look at the gallery above to see some celebs who used to be overly bronzed but now embrace the beauty of their natural skin, as well as some of our favorite products to protect your skin. If the successful -- and gorgeous -- stars who have only ever loved their natural fair tones (such as Zooey Deschanel, Nicole Kidman and Scarlett Johansson) haven't convinced you to ditch the tanning bed, maybe these women will!