The High Price of Tanning

May 22, 2013


This story appeared in The Boston Globe on May 22, 2013  

Elissa Campbell started tanning when she was 16. She couldn’t stand the pale skin left to her by her Scottish heritage. Sometimes, she’d slather on the oil and go relax on the beach — her favorite place. Other times, roughly once a week for more than a decade, she’d spend 20 minutes lying in a tanning bed. 

“I just always felt I looked better when I was tanner,” said Campbell, 31, of Framingham, and a manager for LF Stores on Newbury Street. 

Now when she hears young women in her shop talking about getting a tan before prom or the start of bikini season, Campbell interrupts them. “Let me recommend a good spray tan instead,” she offers, and then tells them her own story.

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