by QuickieChick Laurel House.
QuickieChick taking in the sun
Yes, it's true, tanning beds are very very bad for you. And now there's proof.
Tanning beds, we've been told time and time again, are very very bad. But of course fake bake- devotees say they're better than nature's rays. Well, on Tuesday, international cancer experts reigned in, with an announcement published in the medical journal Lancet Oncology saying that tanning beds and the ultraviolet radiation they put out are beyond "bad" and in fact about as lethal as arsenic-yes, poison. They are on par with cigarettes in terms of cancer risk. In fact, the study showed that people who start self tanning before the age of 30 increase their chances of skin cancer by 75 percent!
Still have that need to appear to be sun-kissed? There's a natural way to do it. A way that will allow you to appear as golden as you'd like, but won't risk your life.
EAT THESE FOODS FOR A NATURAL TAN (NO SUN REQUIRED)
The Beta-Carotene in green and yellow vegetables as well as leafy vegetables acts as a skin pigment to make your skin appear more tan without ever stepping outdoors. So while your friend steps into the tanning bed, jeopardizing the health of her skin, you can put on your nerdy sun hat, plenty of sunscreen and head to your local farmers market for these tan-inducing fruits and veggies (like Kale, Carrots & Beets):...
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A SELF-TANNER
1. Paraben-Free Self-Tanners
Parabens are preservatives can disrupt the endocrine system (which controls the hormones) and possibly even mimic estrogen.
READ: HOW SELF TANNER CAN MAKE YOU LOOK THINNER & REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF CELLULITE
2. Stay away from Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Laureth Sulfate, a chemical called 1,4-dioxane has been shown to cause cancer in animals. Still, the FDA says that the levels present in cosmetics don't pose a hazard to humans.
3. Forget about Chemical Fragrances
Chemical fragrances are not natural. They are not made from essential (natural) oils. They are in fact VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that contribute to air pollution, contaminate waterways, and cause millions of Americans skin allergies.
4. Choose Self-Tanners that Don't Do Animal Testing
Green doesn't just mean no chemicals. It also takes humane treatment into account, humane treatment of animals. Products that are certified as cruelty-free promise that no animals were harmed at all in the process of creating the products.
TRY THIS CELLULITE-BURNING QUICKIE WORKOUT
Laurel House doing a Cellulite-Burning Workout
But it's not necessarily the sun-kissed glow that gets tan-addicts hooked. It's often the feeling you get. Yes, the Vitamin D emitted from the sun (and tanning beds) induces a natural high. But you don't have to expose yourself to such risk to benefit. READ which 10 Bites with Benefits foods you should eat that are filled with mood lifting Vitamin D...
Laurel House is a Fit Living Expert, 3x published author, and believer in living a life of balance. See more of her "Quickie Tips" on her website QuickieChick.com. Her 4th book- "QuickieChick's Cheat Sheet to Life, Love, Food, Fitness, Fashion and Finance on a Less than Fabulous Budget" (St. Martin's, May 2012) is available NOW for PRE-ORDER.
by QuickieChick Laurel House.