In 2007 2,300 people died of skin cancer. It’s the most common cancer in those aged between 18- 34 years and the number of cases of the deadly ‘malignant melanoma’ has risen to 9,000 a year. We cannot ignore this growing trend and worrying statistics because so many young people are needlessly dying for a tan. It baffles me why so many people still get addicted to sun beds when there are so many great fake tan brands out there that are both affordable and natural looking.
Some worrying facts:
- You have a 75% higher risk of skin cancer if you regularly use sun beds before 30 years old.
- A twenty-minute visit to a tanning booth is the equivalent to spending a day unprotected on the beach and it will cause lasting damage.
- In June last year, Zita Farrelly, 29 from Salford died of skin cancer after using sun beds twice daily from the age of 14. (WTF?!)
The World Health Organisation and the EU have both warned that under 18s should not use sun beds and the charity ‘SunSmart’ are working with the Government to review the options and regulate the sun bed industry. The British Association of Dermatologists have sent the Government a dossier of evidence on the high risks of using sun beds and claim that some sun beds are now three times more powerful than they were a decade ago. Scary eh?
After being invited into schools in Scotland two years ago to educate young girls on how to tan safely and avoid unnecessary risks Fake Bake have been campaigning for everyone to ‘Save their Skin’. The brand are launching a campaign to raise awareness and speak out against the use of sun beds and in favour of false tan (obviously!) Jodie Kidd, Katie Melua, Denise Van Outen, Alex Curran, Geri Halliwell, Pearl Lowe, Charlotte Mears, Liz McClaron have all backed thier campaign because we all need to wise up.
To give you all a kick up the posterior and encourage you to embrace the fake tan, Fake Bake have kindly given me a fab hamper of all their best products to give away to one of you lucky people. The hamper will include a bottle of Fake Bake Flawless, Shimmer, Original, Body Polish and Bronzer! That’s a whopping £97 (RRP) worth of fake tan up for grabs in every format you’ll ever need. All you have to do is comment below with a valid email/twitter name and let me know where you wish you could be faking it this Summer… where in the world would you like to be with a golden tan? Simples.
Remember – always fake it. (I never thought I’d say that…)
T&Cs: Only one entry per person; open to UK residents only; must be a follower of this blog to enter, must leave a valid email/twitter account to contact you on; winner will be chosen at random on Thursday 17th March and notified within 24hrs; if winner does not respond within 24hrs another will be chosen at random; Fake Bake will provide the above bag in black and post directly to the winner; judges decision is final.