Loading...
Simply Chic Simply Chic Blog Home

Viewers who watch reality beauty television are more likely to go tanning

Study finds higher percentage between watching certain shows and wanting to be tan.

By Kim Anne Feb 8, 2013 11:05PM
Eden Studio Photo/Getty Images


Does watching certain TV shows reveal whether or not you frequent the tanning bed? Maybe. A new study published by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology finds that individuals who watch reality beauty TV (shows like America’s Next Top Model, for example) are more likely to visit tanning beds and lay in the sun.

The study surveyed 576 college students in their early 20’s, reports Reuters Health. 61 percent of those students confirmed they watch reality TV beauty shows—and of that 61 percent, 13 percent say they had used a tanning bed in the last year and 43 percent had tanned outdoors for more than two hours at a time. When you compare those results to the fact that less than four percent of non-reality beauty TV watchers hit the tanning bed and 43 percent had tanned outside for more than two hours, leading researchers to believe that those types of shows encourage unhealthy views on tanning.

More from Living: What does your lingerie say about you?

"TV shows might not realize the message they're (promoting) by having all of these attractive, tanned people," study co-author Joshua Fogel, a health policy researcher at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York system,” told Reuters. "It's very clear that people who are watching (these shows) view this as something positive to do," he said. "The alternative possibility is the people who are tanned in the first place like watching these shows," he added, perhaps because the characters look more like them.

More from Living: Looks guys love (and hate)

Tell us: Do you think reality beauty TV could be contributing to unhealthy views on being tan?

Bing: How reality TV affects society

Photo: Eden Studio Photo/Getty Images

More from Simply Chic:
Victoria's Secret models were paid HOW MUCH last year? Sigh...
Dolce & Gabbana launches perfume for infants
What your shoes say about you

0Comments

beauty tips and style advice

  • Benefit Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain

    10 beauty products that work double-duty

    The only thing better than discovering your favorite beauty product is finding one that does the job of two (or three!). Streamline your makeup kit with this versatile selection of hard-working essentials.

  • g1

    25 super-pretty wedding dresses—all less than $300

    Buying a wedding dress doesn’t have to break the bank. While you’ll probably find a limited selection of wedding dresses for less than $300 at bridal boutiques, there are plenty of options in that price range if you check out less-traditional spots (think department stores and online-only shops). And don’t overlook gowns intended for bridesmaids—or even prom season. A simple, unfussy dress becomes wedding-worthy with some sparkly accessories and veil. Here are stunning options with fabulous price tags.

  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

    Best beauty buys hall of fame: Shop the all-star products

    Avoid the hype at the makeup counter by sticking to this list of tried and true performers that will help you look your best day in and day out.

  • MICHAEL JORDAN, DECEMBER 1996
  • 1

    25 under $100: Vogue‘s affordable guide to spring trends

    The springtime is the best time to press the reset button on your wardrobe, and given the great new fashion that’s hitting stores right now, there are a myriad of ways to reboot and refresh. Of the nine must-try trends this season, it can be tough to choose a favorite. Perhaps you’re feeling for a graphic floral? And maybe the season’s sport-luxe look fits your style too? That said, if you’re picking battles where your budget is concerned, the idea of a complete spring makeover can be overwhelming. Fret not, our biannual 100+ Under $100 Guide pulls pieces inspired by both the runways and the pages of the magazine together—at the perfect price.

  • Courtesy of the Company

    The 10 best drugstore lipsticks

    We raided the aisles to find the best cheapie formulas for you.

  • Kate Middleton, courtesy of Getty Images

    Alert! Kate Middleton wore her hair in an updo!

    As of this morning, I have decided that Kate Middleton should just tour things forever so we get to see more updos like the one she wore last night at a reception hosted by the Governor General Peter Cosgrove in Canberra, Australia.

  • Harper's Bazaar

    How to dress for success

    Dressing for the office doesn't have to boring. Follow these style and beauty tips and you'll be sure to impress.

  • Braids/"Wedding hair and beauty ideas"/Maria Valentino / MCV Photo; Kurt Wilberding/The Knot

    7 new wedding hair and makeup ideas!

    Every year, we look to the biggest names in bridal beauty and fashion design to pinpoint the hottest bridal hair and makeup ideas – keeping in mind of course that this is a wedding (no crazy neon mascara here). This year, bridal beauty has gone extra natural and romantic -- think messy braids, wispy hair, natural eye makeup and more.

  • brides

    10 crazy-stylish wedding shoes you’ll wear again

    You’ve got the dress. You’ve got the venue, date, and invitations. The last thing you need to complete your wedding day? An amazing pair of shoes to wear as you walk down the aisle!

  • Lifestyle mirror

    Updo hairstyles for weddings with simple accessories

    With the dress as the main focus, you want the hair to be understated. An updo does just that. But there's a difference between understated and boring. Adding simple accessories, like a pin or flower, is just enough decoration to the hair. Let these gorgeous pins serve as inspiration for finding a simple, yet understated, wedding hairstyle.

  • Jake

    Is the beard trend over?

    Just when we were getting used to seeing beards everywhere, it may be time for men who enjoy the attention of the opposite sex to invest in some shaving paraphernalia. In a new University of New South Wales study, researchers found that “when people are confronted by a succession of bearded men, clean-shaven men become [...]

follow us
follow us follow us on facebook follow us on pinterest follow us on twitter
buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
about our blog contributors
Loading...
style videos
editor's picks
Loading...