Let’s face it, nobody really wants to be pale and sickly looking, especially during the summer. Sure if we were Parisians in the Victorian age we would all paint our faces white and look like ghosts, but that is so two centuries ago. Sorry, we’ve been watching the John Adams series, so I’ve got colonial times on the brain. While nobody wants to be known as Casper, they also don’t want to be referred to as George Hamilton either. Luckily the evolution of self-tanners have left us all with the opportunity to glow a little more and get cancer a little less. Even though I make a valiant effort to slather the sunscreen on before I go out in the sun, I am still a fan of feeling that warmth on my skin. We all gotta get our daily Vitamin D someway, and I can only drink so much milk.
Yea you don't wanna be that guy
The completely obvious, but still totally important, non-profit that has set the standard for educating the public about how to protect our pretty little faces is The Skin Cancer Foundation. SCF is the only international organization whose sole mission is to combat skin cancer, which has now become the world’s most common cancer that is occurring at epidemic levels. One in every three cancers that are diagnosed is skin cancer. Scary stuff, especially considering how many times I’ve had a sunburn already in my short 26 years. SCF also has an online interactive Smart Sun Safety program for children in grades 6-8, where they can learn about how to prevent cancer and still be active in sports and other outdoor activities. You can also fight skin cancer with Style, the network that is. They have even created a new PSA that is loaded with celebrities like Brandy, Ashlan Gorse, Danielle Fishel, and Meghan McCain…naked. That’s right all these women stripped down to their birthday suits to make the point that if you go outside without sunscreen on you might as well be naked. The Shade Foundation of America has partnered with Style in their efforts to help educate our nation that gym, tan, laundry may be cool if you’re on reality TV, but not if you live in reality. SFA wants the world to be skin cancer free and they are doing their part by educating as many people as they can reach. SFA was founded by the Shonda Schilling, wife of award-winning pitcher Curt Shilling, after her very public battle with melanoma back in 2002. Shonda has her cancer battle scars as a reminder to herself and others that seeking shade when you’re out in the sun is smart, and sexy.
The Skin Cancer Foundation Donation
The Shade Foundation of America Donation
So here’s to you tantastic! Now more than ever we know how to get that beautifully bronzed physique without running the risk of looking like a lobster. Sure you can still get carried away with sunless tanners but it’s better to look like an oompa loompa for a few days then the alternative. So take a lesson from everybody’s favorite Friend, Ross, and take a little trip down to the mystic tanning booth. Thanks for showing us how not to do it Ross.
That's one fine tan you got there Ross