You’ve always been my bright star, the center of my own personal solar system, the source of my energy.
When you’re not out, I feel SAD. The dark days make me lonely for you.
But, as I became an adult, it was time to stop worshipping you – at least for extended periods of time. I’m “allowed” to worship you for about 10 minutes, to get my all-important dose of Vitamin D (to help my bones absorb calcium and other health reasons), but then I have to run for cover.
I never wanted to associate you with those words of caution; words like “lines,” “wrinkles,” “sun spots,” “skin cancer,” and more. But with age, they’ve all become realistic fears. Those days when I used to lay outside, 3 hours on one side before flipping over to the other side (to ensure an even burn…I never tanned, anyway)? They are officially over.
For all you former sun worshippers out there there… yeah, you, who used to sit outside for hours slathering yourself with a mixture of baby oil and iodine. Or me, who used to hold that obnoxiously shiny sun reflector up to my face to force those potent ultraviolet rays to burn me (as if they wouldn’t anyway). Scary.
I’m so happy to be able to share Jane Iredale’s Tantasia Self Tanner & Bronzer with one of my readers. Now that we’re coming out of a long, dark winter – finally!!- it’s tempting to look like we’ve been kissed by the sun (even if we haven’t). You can use this fabulous product on your face and/or body and in return, get instant, healthy-looking color, building to a natural-looking tan within three days.
What did you used to do before you knew or believed that the sun could burn you? Leave me a comment, and I’ll chose a winner at random to receive some safe tanning!
This contest is open to residents of the US only and closes at 5PM ET, April 25. If your name is chosen, I’ll notify you by email; if you fail to respond within 48 hours of being notified, you’ll make another entrant very happy because I’ll be forced to choose another name.
Thank you, Jane Iredale, for graciously providing me with my own Tantasia to try!
PS. Here are some very important – albeit frightening – general facts about skin cancer from the Skin Cancer Foundation:
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.
Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
Treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers increased by nearly 77 percent between 1992 and 2006.
Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
13 million white non-Hispanics living in the US at the beginning of 2007 had at least one nonmelanoma skin cancer, typically diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer; an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the US. BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow.
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. An estimated 700,000 cases of SCC are diagnosed each year in the US.6,
The incidence of squamous cell carcinoma has been rising, with increases up to 200 percent over the past three decades in the US.
About 2 percent of squamous cell carcinoma patients – between 3,900 and 8,800 people – died from the disease in the US in 2012.
Between 40 and 50 percent of Americans who live to age 65 will have either BCC or SCC at least once.
Actinic keratosis is the most common precancer; it affects more than 58 million Americans.
Approximately 65 percent of all squamous cell carcinomas and 36 percent of all basal cell carcinomas arise in lesions that previously were diagnosed as actinic keratoses.
About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
Half of all adults report at least one sunburn in the past 12 months.