Be Smart: Dear 16-Year-Old Me

Be Smart: Dear 16-Year-Old Me

I have one piece of advice for you ladies… skip the tanning bed and protect your skin (there’s plenty of other ways to achieve that “perfect” tan without the sun and I will be blogging about it very soon). In light of this advice (and the fact that summer is upon us), I want to share this video with you. It left me speechless and even a little teary-eyed…

Please join me in spreading the word about melanoma awareness by sending this link/video to all the 16 year-olds you know or anyone that was ever 16 or will be 16… Send it to everyone and let’s spread the word.

For more information about melanoma and the incredible efforts the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund is making, please visit:

XO Lauren

P.S. Find all of my personal sun protection tips here.

Photo: bluebirdvintage
Categories: Grow, Lauren Conrad
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  • Daisy Gonzalez

    This is great, Lauren!!

    you’re my ultimate role model, I love you! <3

  • Victoria Aakervik


    I’ve watched this video two times already. This is the third time! Thank u, for shearing this important film. It really give u something to think about because of the message it’s trying to send. And it’s not about having the most color, it’s about accepting who you are and the skin you have been given. You can’t replace your skin, you have to live with it for the rest of your life. And I think that when you get older, you will regret using the tanning bed!

    And, Lauren: I love you and your blog! Thank u, for being an amazing role model ♥

  • Carla Catalano

    well, i’m 16 and i think this is really helpfull.. i posted it on my facebook and i hope my friends will watch it! thanks lauren, i love you :)

  • Katja Anni

    Thanks Lauren! I love how you’re so much into styling, fashion and looking good in general, but how you still care about things like skin cancer. You’re indeed a role model! :)

  • diana seitanidou

    wow the video was amazing!! it really made me realize that i have to take care of my skin!! i am going to tweet it!! thank lauren! that was one of the most helpful posts 😀

  • Stefanie Wells

    Thank you Lauren!! I will be sure to post this on FB, and send it to every person I know. I used to hit the tanning beds when I was younger, but the last few years I have tried to take a lot better care of my skin. Thanks for spreading the word, we need do more!

  • Kristen Warren

    I use to spend hours outside unprotected from the sun when I was younger, and I use to burn so bad I looked like a human lobster. It would hurt for a week then go away and I’d be back out in the sun to cycle back through the process. This summer it hit me on how important it is to take care of your skin whether its wearing sun screen or washing my face every day. Your skin is your largest organ and is designed to protect your important insides so be kind and return the favor! PROTECT YOUR BEAUTIFUL SKIN!

  • Kimberly

    I’ll be 16 next year. This video showed me the negative side of sun bathing. I sun bath sometimes, but maybe sometimes is already good enough go get melanoma.

    I’ll be more careful now.

    Thank you for posting this video!!


  • Casey Lynn

    Hey Lauren, I have posted this link on your blog before but it is very relevant to this topic:

    I literally give a step-by-step guide to getting the perfect faux-glow that looks real so that we can all skip the tanning beds and UV rays.

    I don’t want to get too preachy but somebody once told me “”there are two types of cancer in a box; tanning beds and cigarettes””. I have very fair skin and take sun protection very seriously!!! So naturally, I have a lot of personal experience with applying sunless tanners and recommend my post to everyone!!

  • Amanda Kretchmer

    Such a powerful message. Skin cancer runs in my family so its very important for me to be careful and spread the word. thanks for posting.

  • CourtureFashion16

    Teens really need to know this message . Girls think being tan & gettin spray tans make them that perfect girl . Well its makes them FAKE .

  • chloe george

    this video is amazing!! Too many people lay in the sun thinking its not harmful. If you need a tan, why not get a spray tan, or even better, embrace what you have. Having fair skin is actually really pretty

  • TessaAbingdon

    Living in Australia our government uses the shock technique to get this message across it shows people scientifically the effects of tanning and sunburn but this message gets it across to my age group(16) this message is so powerful Ill be sure to tweet this to all my followers to contribute as it has taught me to be more carefull. thankyou Lauren xoxo

  • Kelly Hracek

    Wow this video is pretty powerful. I used to lay in a tanning bed during high school for prom but for some reason don’t care about laying in them anymore. However, I have to be in a wedding next weekend and needed to get rid of tan lines so I was literally about to go tanning in an hour and now I don’t want to anymore. Thanks for posting Lauren! 😀

  • Anna Gorbacheva

    Lauren, it is such a great idea to remind about this !!!! As many many of girls are spending now their summer hollidays in the sun to get this broun tan…

  • Anna Gorbacheva

    I did not found your personal tips for sun protection….

  • Anna Gorbacheva

    The link redirect me to the main page..

  • Marta Jurkowska

    I usually don’t watch such videos and the only time when I read about the dangers to our lives are in magazines such as Teen Vogue which do it very successfully. However, after watching this I will definitely stop laying in the sun for hours and take care of my skin this summer. Thanks Lauren x

  • iheartchocolatechipcookies

    Great advice <333

  • molly waters

    i love this video, i posted it on my facebook! sunscreen is so important to me and i think it should be to everyone, if not for your health then for your looks! because we want to carry leather handbags when we’re 50, not look like them :]

  • Katie Reeder

    Gosh I wish I could get it through to all the other girls at my high school that are going to tanning beds every week how much it’s not worth it. I’ve never even went, cause to be honest I’ve always thought it was stupid. I’d rather be pale and healthy than tan and have malagnoma. I’ve tried though and they just don’t believe it’ll happen to them…and they probably never will until it actually happens =/ I honestly don’t mind being a little pale I mean look at all the celebs that are fair skined but still gorgeous like Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart, and even Taylor Swift. And there are plenty of good fake taners out there too!

  • Lina Berrios

    I’ve only been sunburned really bad once, and im 15. so to now that my chance of getting this is now dumbled is a bit scary. But im glad that im now aware and know what i have to do to decrease the risk. #spreadtheword.

  • Kate Swan

    Thank you so much for posting this video. I just lost my aunt of 57 a week ago as of tomorrow to melanoma that spread to her lung, lymph, and brain, just like the video mentioned. An absolutely devastating loss for my family, since my aunt was the most inspirational and optimistic person anyone could ever know. Everyone reading this, please continue to spread the word in memory of all our special someone’s.

  • Megan Maiorano

    this gave me goosebumps! i wanna show my friend who’s currently 16 and kinda a tan-o-aholic

  • Katelyn Merrill

    This was very moving, and it made me cry.

  • Angel LaMae

    This hits way to close to home. I just lost a good friend to terminal melanoma. Seeing what she went through for the last 4yrs, it makes you really realize what’s important in life and what you need to do to protect yourself. I just had a scare with this. I had a mole removed and waiting for the results was unnerving to say the least. Luckily, it came back negative and I’m relieved. I was lucky I caught it before it had a chance to become worse. Thank you for posting this Lauren. It’s a very important message.

  • michelle cannizzaro

    I couldn’t be happier that I saw this video before turning 16 in a few months. Wearing suncreen everyday from here on out…

  • reader123

    Thank you for posting this video Lauren

  • Nery Delgado

    OMG! i wished i never went to the tanning bed..However because i got burn a bit i never went back..Did it once and never again..I fake my tan.,,,thanks

  • x-tee

    I’ve heard applying sunscreen to your hands is just as important as applying it to your face and neck so I figured out a smart way to lather on sunscreen throughout the day :)

    I wash my hands several times a day (after using the restroom, before I eat, etc.) and am constantly putting lotion on my hands since soap can really dry out my skin. I carry a small bottle of Aveeno hand lotion with SPF 15 so after I wash my hands I apply lotion to my hands so they aren’t dry from using soap all day and I’m applying SPF to protect my skin from the sun. It also comes in handy when I need SPF in smaller areas like my tattoo

  • Katja Remes

    thank you for this, important message.. All my friends worship the sun and want to be brown as possible… and let’s be honest, scandinavian people are pretty pale skinned naturally, so there’s high risks at getting burned badly.

    I lost my dear grandfather to skin cancer, and I’ve been stupid myself too, getting sunburn and not using enough/or high enough SPF. I don’t think people understand that melanoma is a dangerous cancer, just like anything else. I wish people would understand the damages of tanning and sunbeds, it’s not only dangerous, but come on, it’s aging too. Safe tanning people, love your skin, even if it’s pale!

    xx -K

  • Liesl

    I wrote a letter to my 16-year old self. It’s one of my most popular blog posts!

    Dear Me

    Liesl xxx

  • Amber A

    Oh my gosh.Thank you so much for posting this Lauren! Im 15 about to turn 16 in a little over a month. My mom saw this dot on my head in my part a month ago and thought it might be melanoma. I had always thought it was just a mole. I went in to the doctor but they didnt say much so Im scheduled to have a dermatologist look at it soon. I kept on thinking it was just a mole and wasnt that serious, but after watching this video, I am kind of scared. I hope it is just a mole. Im not sure what my point was in this comment but thank you for posting so more people like me are aware of how serious this is. (:

  • Sophie Gilman

    This video is so inspirational. My tans are always fake! I love you Lauren x

  • Brenna Gray

    Wow! I’m 23 years old. I’m a fair-skinned redhead and burn every summer even when I put SPF 100+ on. I am always so worried I will someday have melanoma. I have been wearing SPF 30 on my face everyday for the past year. Just like the video said “”It’s never been easy being a ginger””, but I can make it easier if I do little steps everyday to help. Thanks for posting Lauren. I will share this video :-)

  • Sarah Perreault

    Thanks for posting this Lauren, ive shared it on my facebook already. Im happy that i have stopped going to tannning beds a year ago. I just hope it isnt too late, because im not a redhead, but i kinda have the same type of skin, i always get sunburns. But i just love to be outside in the summer time, so your tips are really usefull thankyou!:) xxx

  • Lyndsey Ruchalski

    I’m about to be 16 and i am a cancer survivor. I am 14 years cancer free and i used to never really apply sunscreen. I get very tan and i dont want to put myself and my parents down the dark road again, therefore this summer im changing my habits and apply sunscreen.

  • Charday8612

    Scary, have used sunbeds sometimes every day for a few weeks since I was 16. At the end of every summer I always say, right I am giving up tanning. But… by the time it gets to February and my tan has totally gone I always break my promise and jump back on them. I can safely say that this video has had the biggest impact on my view of tanning. And as I now teach teenager girls I will show them this video too.

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  • AEL

    I’m a few years late in joining this discussion, but I just came across this post. I’ve actually met one of the people in this video—we share an alma mater and present on a career panel together every year—and she is truly an inspiration and, you may like to know, seems to be in great health. It’s always amazing when someone is willing to share a tough life experience for the betterment of others, and even more amazing when they pop up in real life. Here’s hoping my days as a junior lifeguard don’t come back to burn me!

  • Kate

    Thank you so very much for posting this. I am a four year stage 3 melanoma survivor. I truly appreciate you using your platform to bring awareness to something that affects so many and is so deadly. Even if you made just one person avoid a tanning bed or put on sunscreen, you made a difference.

  • sunsafe1

    Love the skin you are in. I didn’t in my early 20’s and now I regret it EVERY SINGLE DAY. I am getting my second treatment for Basal Cell Carcinoma Skin Cancer on my forehead. I have to get MOH’s surgery and it’s an awful procedure. I will have scars on my face for the rest of my life because I chose to fake and bake and get burned every summer! Thankfully I am happy fair skinned and healthy now. I am glad you are sending out this important message.



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