Have you seen the commercial on TV where the tanning bed is made to look like a coffin? I think it is from the American Cancer Society. Tanning is just as deadly and leads to skin cancer whether you do it on a tanning bed, your backyard or the beach.
Just to let you know I have vertiglio. My skin is losing all of it's pigment, so when I do get a lot of sun my arms resemble a leopard. Dark in places and totally white in others. My legs never did get tan even when I was in my 20's. I don't let it other me. I modeled a lot when I was in my 20's and my appearance is very important to me. My skin is also Eastern European decenant white. I know right now it's important for many young people to get a nice bronze tan but seriously skin cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer because so many people don't recognize the signs and symtoms. The cancer cells spread into the bloodstream and lodge in all of the organs of the body. Do yourself a favor and dress beautifully, style your hair nicely and walk tall and proud. Smile and be friendly, people will notice the beauty in your heart and soul and whether you are tan or not tan will not be so important. Take care of yourself now so that when you are in your 50's and older you will still be a remarkable and beautiful woman.