This morning, CBC radio warned that UV index readings will be unusually high this summer, due to ozone depletion in the north. Accordingly, a guest on the show, a dermatologist from Mac, suggested diligence in sun avoidance: covering up with sleeves, long pants and wide-brimmed hats, dollops of sunscreen on exposed skin, and keeping to the shade, particularly between 10 and 2.
And two weeks ago, a report in The Spectator (http://tinyurl.com/3nclrk4) linked tanning beds with melanoma – skin cancer’s deadliest form. So, if you haven’t already, it’s time to rethink the oxymoronic idea of a ‘healthy tan’.
If you want to glow, get it from working out, laughing uproariously, doing something nice for someone, or if you must, apply it cosmetically. But avoid tanning: your skin will thank you, and years from now your older, still beautiful and healthy self will thank you.