Before everyone jumps all over me, this is not a fashion news post. But as far as I'm concerned, it's really darn important—and it's beauty and health-related so it all comes together in the end. Plus, I like you guys (even if you don't always like me) and I want you to be healthy so that you can keep up those saucy discussions about redesigning Vogue and Adventures in Copyright in the comments section. My roommate (who knows that I love to get up on my beauty soapbox about such matters) sent me an article this morning on the subject of tanning beds and a new study regarding how truly dangerous they are.
Tanning beds are not good for you—this we know. But we now have a definitive study stating that hitting the bulbs before you turn 30 will increase your chance of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) by 75% due to the high doses of UV light you're exposing your skin to. They are literally now classified as a Class 1 Carcinogen, a group that also includes asbestos, tobacco smoke, mustard gas, and plutonium. Plutonium, people. I am always surprised that so many people I know actually still frequent tanning beds. It's mind-boggling really, but I'm hoping this new study changes some minds. And remember, pale can be very beautiful. But if you must self-tan, avoid the orange because that is never going to be chic.