This is not a size-related post, but it does pertain to one of the recurrent themes of this Web site.
The beauty of fair, peaches-and-cream complexions is frequently mentioned here. It's remarkable how many of the most popular models (Shannon Marie, Valerie, Kelsey, Kailee, etc.) are specificially praised for their porcelain features. And numerous posts have indicated how a fair complexion was the feminine ideal throughout history (just as the fuller figure was), whereas the modern fondness for leathery-brown skin is just as much of an aberration as is the current preference for emaciated frames.
Well, it turns out that there is a solid medical foundation for the timeless preference for fair features, and that a so-called "healthy tan" is anything but -- since tanning is one of the most destructive things that a young woman can do to herself.
A widely-reported study had determined that girls are virtually guaranteeing themselves a bout with lethal skin cancer through their mindless pursuit of the modern browned look.
Here's one article, and an excerpt. The title says it all.
Young American Women Getting Tanned to Death
By MedHeadlines • Jul 12th, 2008
The most lethal form of skin cancer is on the rise in American women aged 15 to 39, according to data provided by the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program, operated by the National Cancer Institute. The number of cases of melanoma, the form of skin cancer in question, has risen in young women by as much as 50% between 1980 and 2004. Authorities suggest the increasing popularity of tanning salons may be one reason for the dramatic increase in this cancer.
Another article indicates the seriousness of the disease, and how prone it is to spread throughout the body.
Cases of Deadly Skin Cancer in Young Women Increase by 50 Percent
Friday, July 11, 2008
Cases of the deadliest form of skin cancer are on the rise among young women, but not young men, according to a study published Thursday in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.
Analyzing government data on Caucasian men and women ages 15 to 39, Mark Purdue and his colleagues at the National Cancer Institute found that, between 1980 and 2004, annual cases of melanoma among young women increased by 50 percent from 9.4 cases per 100,000 women to 13.9 cases per 100,000 women.
Researchers also found a greater increase in young women having thicker and metastatic melanomas in which the cancer spreads to other areas of the body during that time period.
To say the least, it's not worth it! Every young woman should realize that it's not worth it
to scorch in the sun (let alone in some fluorescent chamber), just to turn an unnatural colour. Dying of skin cancer is an ugly and painful a way to go. It's not just a bad death -- it's a horrible one.
Besids, tanning doesn't improve looks at all -- it leads to wrinkles and other forms of skin damage -- and fair skin is more attractive anyway. Just look at the complexion of the Almia model, whom Kaitlynn mentioned recently:
Her soft, fresh, rosy glow is infinitely lovelier than a sun-broiled leathery hide. And the only way to obtain her fair, angelic skin is by staying out
of the sun.
You'll look better (and younger) -- and you'll live longer too.