Mom Shares Photo of Devastating Skin Damage Caused by Tanning

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Who doesn't want to have glowing, tanned skin that makes you look like you just returned from a fabulous Caribbean vacation? But how you achieve that look makes all the difference in the world. Mom Tawny Willoughby is sharing the devastating skin damage she's suffered after years of using tanning beds and laying in the sun. Warning: This photo is not for the faint of heart.

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If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment...

Posted by Tawny Willoughby on Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

Pretty terrifying, right? The brave mom has posted this photo of the skin cancer treatment she's undergoing on her Facebook page in the hope that it'll deter others from making the same mistakes she did, which include using tanning beds four to five times per week during her teen years. She explains: 

If anyone needs a little motivation to not lay in the tanning bed and sun here ya go! This is what skin cancer treatment can look like. Wear sunscreen and get a spray tan. You only get one skin and you should take care of it. Learn from other people's mistakes. Don't let tanning prevent you from seeing your children grow up. That's my biggest fear now that I have a two year old little boy of my own.

She makes a great point. With so many other options out there like spray tanning and lotions, there's no reason to ever set foot inside one of those coffin-like tanning beds again.

What Willoughby did in the past was an easy mistake to make. Everyone wants to look great for the prom or during the summer. Plus, years ago not as much was known about the damage caused by the sun or tanning beds.

While it's awful that she's had to go through this, it's great that she's using her own frightening ordeal to educate others and remind them that the best-looking skin is healthy skin!

Do you or have you used a tanning bed? If so, does this make you think twice?


Images © Andrew Fox/Reuters/Corbis & TawnyWilloughby/Facebook

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