Many people believe that a tanning bed is a safe way to obtain a tan, but that’s not true—no matter what their source, UV rays are harmful to a person’s skin.
Ella Ravenscroft, a 20-year-old model, recently learned this the hard way.
Ella is a model and high-definition brow technician.
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For the past two years, the model has been using a tanning bed twice a week, for about 12 minutes each time.
Recently, she spotted two small moles on her stomach—but she wasn’t too concerned, especially since she has a number of them all over her body.
It was her mother who expressed concerned after she noticed something odd about the marks on her daughter’s belly.
“They never really bothered me, but a few weeks ago I got out of the shower and my mum said she was concerned because they looked a lot bigger than usual,” Ella told Manchester Evening News.
She has moles all over her body, so when she noticed two on her stomach it didn’t faze her.
Ella’s mother urged her to get the moles checked out, but she couldn’t imagine she had anything to worry about.
Despite telling herself not to worry, there was a part of Ella that was curious. Could those moles indicate something worse?
Curiosity got the better of her and she researched moles online.
“I was looking through the photos and saw one that looked just like mine,” she recalled. “That’s what made me go to the GP.”
While her mother urged her to see a doctor, at first Ella shrugged off the idea.
When Ella finally visited the doctor, it suddenly hit her how dangerous tanning beds could be. But even then Ella was unsure about having the moles removed.
The 20-year-old had just signed to a model agency and was worried about the scars she’d have after the procedure.
“I’d just signed for the agency, so I was really upset in case it affected anything,” she said. “But I realized if I didn’t have them taken off I could end up with skin cancer.”
She was told she’d have to get the moles removed.
In addition to the two moles on her stomach, she also had two others on her body removed.
Following the procedure, Ella shared photos of her recovery on Facebook and urged others to pay attention to any changes in their moles.
“It doesn’t matter how pale I am, it’s fake tan all the way,” Ella said after her “horrific experience” with tanning beds.