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Thursday, May 28, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Summer’s Burning Question To Tan Or To Block? Pro Stand By Your Tan

By Shelby Grabicki Lewis & Clark

Everywhere you look there are commercials on television and ads in magazines and newspapers discouraging you from exposing your skin to harmful amounts of sun. Well, as someone who enjoys the outdoors and sports, I can tell you this is an unrealistic demand.

My point is that although you should monitor the amount of sun you are exposed to, I don’t think you should let the fear of a sunburn hold you back from doing what you love to do. After all, life is constantly turning, even if you don’t.

This spring I went to California and beforehand I spent one or two sessions a week in the tanning booth. I had many people questioning my actions, laughing because I wasted my money on such a vain cause. But my actions were not vain; if anything, they were extremely smart.

I didn’t have any desire to spend my long-awaited vacation in a hotel room pasting aloe vera all over my stinging body just because I lacked the intelligence to take care of myself and prepare my skin for the sun. Consequently my vacation was an excellent experience because I didn’t allow false pretenses about tanning booths to overwhelm me. My face didn’t blister, nor did my body and my vacation was everything I dreamed and more because I had obtained, over the weeks prior to my vacation, a protective outer skin.

Some would say my methods were unsafe, some would say I’m naive and maybe they’re right. But in my opinion life isn’t worth living if you spend it avoiding what is enjoyable because it is believed to shorten your life by a couple of years. Because what is a few years if you’re not having fun?

MEMO: See opposing view written by Ali Krogel under the headline: Summer’s burning question

See opposing view written by Ali Krogel under the headline: Summer’s burning question

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