Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How Do I Get a Tan without Any Risks? GUIDE TO LIFE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How Do I Get a Tan without Any Risks? GUIDE TO LIFE

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Byline: LEONIE FRIEDA

Q I am in my twenties and about to go on holiday. I really want a healthy glow before I go away and am thinking of going to a tanning salon. I've read all the health warnings about sun beds - are they really that bad?

A Tanorexia is a soubriquet for obsessive tanning, but there are plenty of young women unable to contemplate life without a tan. They overexpose themselves to the sunlamp's rays for want of the real thing. But skin cancer can come with the tanned look. There is hidden damage you will not see until your thirties and forties.

When I was in my twenties, I would go to the tanning salon at least four times a week. All I have (so far) is permanently damaged skin. But a friend died from skin cancer about four years ago and doctors believe it was her use of sunbeds. Pale skin is the way - look at Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger.

Or if you want a tan, fake it. Dior bronze (www.dior.com) is just the thing.

Apply with makeup and you'll have a tan which will make everyone think you've been in the sun!

Q My boyfriend has finished with me after five years together. We were drifting along aimlessly and he felt we needed to move on. Although the split has been amicable, deep down I am terribly upset. It's not helped by the fact that we work together and I can see his diary filling up with events I know he will be taking others to. Help!

A Change usually brings with it some element of pain, no matter how strange or weird its origins seem to be. But having gone through something similar myself, if the two of you were "drifting along", then perhaps you might look at why that was, rather than spending all your time wishing you could join in all the things your ex is going to. It is always painful to see someone you are used to being "yours" going out and enjoying themselves. The other element is a fear of being alone.

But sometimes being by yourself can be a positive thing. Look at the positives and stop being afraid; hang out with some mates that you never had time to see before and, whatever you do, never go looking for love. …

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