Tanning has become quite an appealing approach to looking better without having to do drastic changes. You can simply get your share of the tan through some sunbathing and viola, you’ve changed a good chunk of your appearance in a short amount of time. Sunbathing, or sun tanning as most individuals coin, is a trend that has surpassed various years.
We look back at how pale skin was a social status for those who were wealthy as they are individuals who can cloister themselves from hard labor. Individuals who had dark skin tones were from the lower classes and matched their livelihood. However, that started to change when doctors begun to suggest that soaking much of the sun was a good medication against tuberculosis. This disease was rampant during the 1920’s and the new information caused wealthy individuals to flock to the beaches and even sanatoriums. Another case would be, those with a darker skin tone showcased their social status.
Individuals with a bronze tone can support a trip across the country and loiter under the sun. This breaks the stigma of having fair skin as being wealthy. Normally, woman had gone into the tanning bandwagon. Due to advertisements, men have begun to get their share of tanning as the coppery glow can further empower their masculinity. Thus, in the 1960’s to 1970’s the trend of getting tanned skin has reached to the upper echelons of society as well as bringing along some famous figures in the entertainment industry in its appeal.
Unfortunately, the rise of sun tanning has led to many skin cancer cases that have become prevalent through the years. Research has been conducted on the relation of sun tanning and skin cancer and it has been concluded that exposing yourself to copious amounts of the sun’s rays can heighten the chances of getting skin cancer.