World Cancer Day: Tanning Beds B.A.D.

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On this World Cancer Day, we interrupt our Valentine's Day programming to remind you to spread the word that using tanning beds is B.A.D. Remember, it's now official: tanning beds are in the highest-cancer-risk category according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

It's that time of year when pasty-white folks book sunny beach vacations, and start the trip off with a few tanning-bed sessions beforehand to "create a base." Create a base of skin cancer maybe? Because, in addition to the highest-cancer-risk thing, according to the Canadian Dermatology Association, dumbass idots who think a tan can protect them have more skin damage coming: "at most, a tan is the equivalent to a sunscreen with SPF of just 2 to 4. Not enough to keep you safe in the sun."

If you know someone heading for sunny shores, show your love with bottles (note plural -- one is not enough for a week on a beach) of paraben-free SPF protection, preferably without Oxybenzone (studies indicate it has hormone-disruptor tendencies). A good alternative to the standard stuff out there is paraben-free Cliniderm Gentle Protective Lotion SPF 45 ($29), which contains micronized natural sunscreen ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Cliniderm Gentle Protective Lotion SPF 45 is available at Shoppers Drug Mart; cliniderm.ca for info.