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.

50 comments

  1. how  stupid  can  you  get?why  do  this? it's  a  death  wish-you  look  the  way  you  look- who  cares? the  one  who  cares  is  actually  on  as  stupid  as  you.People  looking  at  people  to  see  who  looks  better.To  people  that  don't  care  to  start  with-pay  attention  to  what  really  matters- pay  attention  to  your  soul- find  a  friend  that  cares  about  you-:Jesus

  2. In my country you are shamed for being white and in others you are shamed for being dark……we live in a weird ass world

  3. I don't understand why you'd use a sunbed with fake tan being so easy now. It confuses me so much. If it's patchy and streaky you're just doing it wrong

  4. I'm glad this came up on my recommended when I only have 6 more days left of my 30-day subscription to the tanning salon. No that I'm already tan I don't think I should go back for my last 6 days and never will in the future

    I'm not going to lie tho…i love how nice my body looks with a tan instead of my disgusting pale white legs
    I hope I haven't done any damage thus far. I've been using baby oil the past couple times

  5. I was pleasantly shocked to see how quickly their attitudes towards tanning beds changed after meeting her. Wow.

  6. I've never used a sunbed and I never will. Yeah, people tell me that my skin is 'too white' and that I look like white chocolate, but safety comes first.

  7. As someone who works at a tanning salon in the US, I’ve seen some pretty intense tans. Baby oil, afrosheen, anything that is not commercial tanning lotion can harm you. Tanning is a dangerous hobby, maybe more so than drinking. Sprays are no better, the carcinogens in the liquid can get into your lungs and damage. I’m leaving the business as how dangerous it is but that big star out there is JUST AS DANGEROUS. Wear sunscreen, be pale and proud. Better than tan and dead.

  8. About 3 years ago I had melanoma too. It was a mole on my ear and the cancer moved to my lymph nodes. I had to go through a major surgery and get 1/3 of my ear removed. At the time I was only 13. As soon as I was diagnosed my mom quit going to the tanning beds forever. Skin cancer is not something to take lightly and is very serious. To this day as a 16 years old I have to have checkups very often for a illness that is very uncommon for younger people. Hope my story helps you😊

  9. Ive been to the sunbeds 2 times first time i layed there thinking i was going to die like that scene from Final destination the whole 6 mins and second time a lovely big hornet wasp decided to join me.. so both times wasnt relaxing and was a freakin terrifing and thats without all the cancer risks added 😭😭😭

  10. Up until watching this I was a religious user of sunbeds! Fake tan all the way for me now!! I truly hope the beautiful young lady is doing well. That scar only makes her even more stunning!

  11. I dont understand how fake tan on white ppl is cool while real tan on Asians, Middle easterns, Africans and Aboriginals is reason for racism ?!!

  12. What about like the red light beds? Suppose to give you the good benefits of the sun but do not tan you or cause cancer? Are they safe?

  13. I only use sunbeds a few times a every year or two for psoriasis. It's the only thing that works for me, but the fact these people use just to look more tan is so silly

  14. Australian here cringing so much. Skin cancer ain't a joke. One bad burn and your risk of a melanoma sky-rockets. If it doesn't kill you young you'll get to middle-age, look twenty years older, and spend your life getting things burnt and cut off all the time.

  15. Why can't we just be happy with our bodies? The white people wanna be tan, and the brown people wanna be white. Disappointing.

  16. I use bed tans in summer….
    5 minuts with 2 types of special cream.
    Baby oil?
    The rulles in my country are really hard on getting a bed tan.
    And i get brown….so 18 minuts with nothing to protect you you will be what? Pure black?
    A machine called satan says at all.
    Even i take a risk but this ones are crazy.
    Stop doing that.

  17. Being an half Japanese girl, I have a tan. Wanting to get rid of it, it’s hard.

  18. This makes me feel a lot more better about my brown skin, not need to tan cuz I’m already golden brown….yeet

  19. Tanning was soo 2000s 😭 And you can get cancer because of unnecessary radiation exposure. The sun’s rays are natural but forcing it is just dangerous. I hoped they stopped!!!

  20. Injections! Whoooooo, wow! Please no! I have issue with my pigmentation and must take a medicationnto prevent "spots" and it works hard on my liver. To prevent this, I use certain soaps, wear certain clothing and brands as well as watch my sun exposure and any sun block I use ( some have ingredients linked to cancer). LOVE THE SKIN YOUR IN!!! ❤❤

  21. I am naturally very pale. I can never imagine myself wanting to resort to tanning beds or injections. I always wear sunscreen of at least spf 30 when I go to the beach. I don’t spend too much time in the sun

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