Facing The Consequences Of Being A Sunbed Addict

If I go a week without going on the
sunbeds, I start to feel anxious. I use baby oil, so I cook myself. I had scabbing all over
my shoulders. I’m literally cooking. I’m like a piece of meat
in a frying pan. I don’t know
if I can go on a sunbed again now. You have made me
feel physically sick. Whenever you go to a tanning salon, they always suggest 7 to 10 minutes. You’re quite daring to say 12. I’m allowed to go on for about 15,
18 minutes at a time now. I don’t use sun cream.
I use baby oil, so I cook myself. The worst burning
incident I’ve ever had would probably be
when I went on holiday and I had scabbing all over
my shoulders. I was screaming while applying aloe
vera. It was really bad. The reason I take short cuts
when I’m tanning is because I want that ultimate tan. I have a favourite sunbed,
and we call it Satan. He’s just a lot more powerful
and a lot stronger than others. I’ve never seen anyone walk
out of that sunbed and not look like they’ve literally been burnt. I think Instagram does play a role because you see people
who are in good shape, they’ve got a nice tan,
so it makes you think, “I want to look like him.” I think a natural tan’s better
because I think there’s a stigma around using fake tan
when you’re a guy. I see a lot of people with the spray
tan. It’s really obvious. If you look natural,
you feel natural. If you’re wearing fake tans
and stuff like that, you’ve been found out. I recently started injecting myself
with tanning injections about three to four times a week. I get them online,
which is a bit risky cos you have no idea what’s in them. I think I’ve tried not to
research into them because I don’t want to be
scared about what I’m actually putting into my body. I tend to take one of them pictures
every single time I go on a sunbed. You do realise when you’re tanning
that it does take an effect on you but what’s one freckle to the
fact my whole body is brown? I don’t reckon
I do care about the risks, otherwise I wouldn’t go on as much. I think I just put
it to the back of my mind and I’m one of them
people who think, “It’s never going to happen to me.” Hi. I’m Gemma. Are you OK? I’ve just been listening
to your story and I just wanted to tell you
the story behind my scar. Two years ago, I was diagnosed
with stage 3 melanoma, which is the deadliest
form of skin cancer. I was very much like you.
I went on the sunbeds all the time, especially if I had a holiday coming
up or a special occasion, and this all came about
because of that, basically. I had a mole on the side of my face
and because of the sunbed use, it turned into cancer. And this picture is me
coming round from my operation where they literally took
all of the lymph nodes from the left side of my neck, leaving me with that horseshoe scar,
which runs right from the back of behind my ear,
down and up my throat. I was told that
I had a 50-50 chance of survival. I’m only two years in remission, so I still have those
odds against me. So you don’t know if…
Unfortunately, I have no idea if I have cancer at the moment. I’m really shocked. It’s such a shame that we think
we need to have a tan to look good, and, actually, you’re potentially at risk
of losing your life… You’re going to make me cry. Sorry. ..for having a tan…is
really upsetting. I think in terms of education, having this conversation is
really important. I’ve never met anyone that suffered
in the way that you have suffered. The only thing that stood out to me
most was the fact that you said that tanning was your thing, you
don’t do anything else that’s bad. I’m presuming you don’t smoke,
or anything else like that, and I just think,
why don’t you smoke? I guess I don’t smoke
because I know the risks and I know people that have been
affected from it. It’s affected me,
to be honest with you. It has. It’s made a difference. So I heard that you were
talking about tanning injections and I’m not going to lie. It made me feel physically sick. The thought of injecting
something… Actually going one step further
and injecting? That you’ve got no idea…
What’s in it. ..what it is. Now I’m going to stop them
completely and I’m going to wean
myself off the sunbeds. I think listening
to your story has made me want to go and get one
mole in particular checked. I’ve got a mole on my leg what’s
appeared, and it’s raised and I’ve just been putting it off and just burying my head
in the sand, really, thinking…
Just go and get it checked. It could be nothing.
This is what I say to everyone. It could be nothing.
Get it removed. Ask for a second opinion
if you’re not sure. Yeah. It’s better to be safe than
sorry. Exactly. It’s your life. I just wish that someone had
maybe said this to me back then. Thank you so much for coming today. Oh, you’re welcome. I know it must have been hard,
but, yeah, you’ve made an impact on my life now and you’ve changed my
tanning habits.

100 thoughts on “Facing The Consequences Of Being A Sunbed Addict

  1. Wait, there are tanning lotions right? I mean they're sort of pricey but I think they last more on your skin than tan sprays.

  2. a couple hundred years ago, being tanned meant you worked outside a lot, and being pale meant you were rich enough to stay inside, so no one really wanted to be tanned. i dont know who changed that or why but i dont see why risking your health to get a nice tan is worth it.

  3. I was born with olive skin then diagnosed with vitiligo around 10 years ago – now (21 years old) half of my body is covered in patches of 0% melanin, while the other half is covered in patches that retain my old skin colour. I am prescribed strong sun cream to wear everyday all year, because my skin is so sensitive to the sun, as it can’t protect itself anymore. I also have to wear it on my normal skin so it doesn’t get darker and make my vitiligo stand out more. Sometimes I feel like tanning my white patches and sometimes I feel like lightening my normal skin … but I feel like this so I can look normal, with one skin colour. Appreciate your skin, doesn’t matter what your colour is there is nothing wrong with your skin and there is no point ruining something that doesn’t need fixing.

  4. tanning beds have been banned in Australia for years now, so weird that black people want to look lighter and white skinned people want to look darker

  5. I just have to say, Government single payer healthcare is great…okay..not so much. In the United States, you can believe she would have gotten layered stitches and a lot of them to diminish the scars. Just saying

  6. I was just thinking about starting to use sunbeds and then this video popped up….is this a sign? 😂😂

  7. Im super pale and I hate tanning, I love my freckles that I get on my face but I don’t like being tanned, I don’t feel like it suits me tbh

  8. The sad part is, is that this is just like showing smokers lung cancer patients or showing people who drink/text and drive people who have been in accidents. Everybody KNOWS the type of consequences there are, but most people aren't going to actually chance as they don't think they are the ones at risk.

  9. My skin burns quickly under the sun and I look really bronze since I feel the burning on my skin. When I get back from summer holidays, I can see that my skin tone is 3-4 tones darker than it was before and this affect doesnt dissaper quickly. I’ve been bullied at school because of that and the saddest part is my friends make jokes about my tan and they think it’s funny. What the hell is funny? From now on, I’ll never let them speak because I cried a lot and hate myself because of their opinions about everything.

  10. These people try their best to get tanned but still look fair. Meanwhile I'm tanned and get darker so easily..I want lighter skin.

  11. I’m a darker gal (half Hispanic) and when I was little I HATED being hard. I was picked on for having darker skin and I was willing to do anything to get lighter. I use to cry about being darker.
    It’s weird seeing pale people want to be darker.

  12. I used to use tanning beds in preparation for my skin to go on holiday and that was in my early to mid 20s. Now I wouldn't even dream of going on a sunbed x

  13. I’m glad I never cared to tan. My skin is already tan looking. It’s a bit uneven, but I prefer to not get skin cancer. These people are going to die from their vanity.

  14. Ppl tanning. "I want dark skin with my white privilege attached so ill burn my skin and spray it with chemicals" 😉✌

  15. Tanning beds are banned in Australia because of melanoma risk. I'm really suprised that they are legal in the UK.

  16. Am I the only one who didn’t like it when they tan? I think I look bad when I have a tan. Only on me tho 😂

  17. Skin bleaching and tanning are deadly, Vitamin C and Vitamin D go super well together, just tan naturally, and regarding the skin bleaching, love yourself for YOU and also there are natural products and household items you can use to BRIGHTEN your skin not bleach. Come on everyone let’s do better!💜✨

  18. I hate how ppl look after the sun bed it’s so ugly I’m sorry,I understand that you have the Right and it’s your decision but I just think it is

  19. If the sun is not as safe like most people think and it is probably the most natural way to tan. Now imagine a sun bed😵. If you are chocolate dark that frickin sexy a d amazing,pail or white… awesome, and brown… awesome. I'm am the type to think that looks have a lot to do with attraction,but sometimes a girl who does not look as good as others can attract me more that those better looking girls who have attracted me. Just by the simple fact of how they are as a person. This might sound weird but, preferably either the more white or darker they are like dark chocolate or vanilla frosting colors is better than in between.

  20. What’s the point of tanning anyways? Jus go out in the sun and put tanning cream on. Then you’ll get a tan for a few months

  21. It's sad that people feel the need to change the color of their skin. Everyone should be happy with the skin that they were born with it. That's one of the things in this world we cannot change so might as well embrace it.

  22. I personally never even seen any method of tanning as a form of beauty…. im just like skin cancer is right around the corner.

  23. white girls wanna look "tan", Blacks girls using bleaching products…. Seems like the trend is to be what you're not

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