What is Tanorexia?

This is what it's like to have Tanorexia — a condition that drives people to tan excessively.

Protecting the Skin You're in

Obsessed with the perfect tan? Tanning lotions, spray tan booths, tanning beds…This could lead to tanorexia, a term for when a person is addicted to tanning — physically or psychologically. More that 50% of indoor tanners start tanning before age 21 according to the American Academy of Dermatology The prolonged ultra-violet radiation from the sun and tanning beds can lead to skin cancer based on data from the World Health Organization.

At the turn of the last century, a tan was the preserve of the outdoor, manual laborer and therefore to be avoided at all costs. Coco Chanel was responsible for introducing the suntan as a fashion accessory in the 1920s when she returned from a holiday in Antibes bronzed. Author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel Tender is The Night also played a part, as it glamorized the rich and decadent lifestyle on the French Riviera. Soon tans were a symbol of having both money and leisure time. By the 1930s suntans were all the rage. The introduction of color film in Hollywood also helped, meaning that pale was no longer as attractive. Vogue magazine first featured a swimsuit model on its cover in 1936 and three years later Harper’s Bazaar declared that a tan could “make you look 10 years younger, prettier and more rested”.

The first imitation tans, including Elizabeth Arden’s Sun Gold, were introduced in the 1940s and quickly gained popularity in the absence of stockings. Suntan lotion wasn’t invented for cosmetic reasons, but in response to the plight of U.S. soldiers stationed in sweltering Pacific Ocean regions during World War II. U.S. government scientists discovered that a substance called red petrolatum could be used as a cream to help protect the skin from burning. Florida pharmacist Benjamin Green saw the substance’s commercial potential in 1944. His cocoa-butter based recipe smelt a lot more alluring than its petroleum by-product predecessor and, when he realized that it also helped turn the skin brown, the name Coppertone was born.

Skin cancer is definitely a concern for people like Allison McNamara and that's ultimately why she decided to stop doing tanning beds.


07/08/2019 10:19 AM


  • Raz V.
    01/28/2020 15:58

    Sa Amerika gustong magpatan sa pinas gusto magpaputi 😂 palit nalang tayo

  • Stephen J.
    01/28/2020 14:36

    In the Philippines people are obsessed with having white and pale skin.

  • Frevie R.
    01/28/2020 12:53

    Just go here in the Philippines , and go beachin' everyday .

  • Sukro W.
    01/28/2020 09:53

    Yang putih pengen hitam yg hitam pengen putih'hidup ini susah...😆😆

  • Lyssa M.
    01/27/2020 15:55

    Americans love Tanned skin while Filipinos love whiter skin -,- (yowkona sa ert!)

  • ام م.
    01/27/2020 11:58

    تفنى متعاكبا

  • Daniel D.
    01/27/2020 09:17

    You are not girl you are true deviles

  • Ems M.
    01/26/2020 20:22

    Hehe Sweet, Sheila ,mgpaputi paka

  • Faby K.
    01/26/2020 19:38

    Gblk wkwkwkw

  • Javed K.
    01/26/2020 19:03


  • Julkifli J.
    01/26/2020 10:16

    "I need tanning" Others: I need to be white

  • Mariela D.
    01/26/2020 08:55

    Gusto ko magwala! 😂

  • Ethrie A.
    01/26/2020 07:53

    تريدين أن تصبح سمراء تعالي إلى صحراء الجزائر وفي الصيف في مدة ثلاثة أيام لن تعرفي شكلك هههه

  • Wildan S.
    01/26/2020 02:50

    Jadi inget film final destination 3

  • Imane I.
    01/25/2020 13:51

    والعرب قاتلين رواحهم ع البشرة الفاتحة 😅

  • Dewi Z.
    01/25/2020 00:37

    Sebagian orang indonesia terobsesi dengan kulit putih dan glowing 😆

  • Osama S.
    01/24/2020 17:36

    Dekh le inko Tu inke opposite sochti rhein 😂

  • Jeje K.
    01/24/2020 13:06

    Philippines can't relate

  • Ari
    01/24/2020 06:47

    spongebob episode?

  • Julia R.
    01/24/2020 01:03

    porque las personas no quieren y conforman como son

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