Heading on a sunny vacation to the beach? If your answer is yes, you might be thinking about visiting a tanning salon a few times before you go, just to start your tan off right.

Before you get in the car, however, you should take some advice from Tawny Willoughby, a 27-year-old who used to tan multiple times per week when she was in high school.

Now 27, Willoughby has undergone treatment for cancer six times--all related to the time that she spent tanning as a high school student.

Willoughby posted a fairly graphic selfieĀ to Facebook as evidence of the severity of her skin problems. Some of the sores on her face in the picture are undoubtedly from nitrogen freezing, a technique that specialists use to freeze tumors.


"Wear sunscreen and get a spray tan," Willoughby said. "You only get one skin and you should take care of it."

While the graphic nature of her selfie caused many to flag her Facebook post as inappropriate, Willoughby's post is acceptable simply because it teaches a lesson in a direct, concrete way.

Tanning is bad for your skin, ask any doctor and they'll tell you the same thing. But they won't post intense selfies of themselves dealing with the damage years later. Only people like Willoughby can teach us the important lessons that way.


h/t: ITV

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