Three years ago this week, I had my first melanoma removed. I was 23. 
If I could go back, I'd save the money I spent in tanning beds when I was 16.
I'd appreciate my olive tone and understand that being tan isn't everything.
This video serves as an incredible reminder that we're not invincible at any age.

This video rocked me at my core. I just wish every person could see it--regardless of 
gender, race, or age. We most certainly have the power to change the perception
 that tanner is better...which is exactly why Danielle and I started sun savvy.

Now, at 26, I'm a little older...and a lot wiser. 
I don't share this video to scare you but to remind you:
being tan isn't everything it's cracked up to be.
I go to my dermatologist twice a year for thorough exams.
I wear sunscreen on a daily basis.
I've changed my habits...and I'm better off in the skin I'm in.

Take the sun savvy pledge to heart and, if you haven't signed the pledge already, please do.
Here's my toast to many more years without melanoma and to protecting my skin...
and reminding others to do the same.

xoxo Alison


  1. this was a really touching video when i saw it. i recently went to disney world (outside, florida sun, ALL DAY) and put on crazy amounts of sunscreen just for you!

  2. Visiting from Selma's blog and you better believe I'm going to be a long time reader! My mom has gone through melanoma and still gets part of her skin burned off from time to time. Unfortunately they didn't have sun screen back then when we went sun bathing at the lake.

    I'm proud to say I've never been in a tanning bed once, though I have suffered from a few bad sun burns. Now I am SO super cautious about wearing sun screen and taking care of my skin! Love your blog and thanks for inspiring others to take care of themselves as well!

  3. happy to have found you guys, what an amazing blog :)

  4. I love this video!!!! It sends the message out to people and I hope they also receive it!!!

  5. I think you're a really talented blogger and you've got a great thing going on here. So pretty!
    (& I would love you to check my blog dear :))


  6. This was a truely touching video. You have a lovely and very creative blog:)