A $4,000 tanning bed and Crisco instead of SPF: Meet the mother and her two daughters who are addicted to sunbathing
15:47 GMT, 30 July 2012
A mother and her two daughters have told of how extreme sunbathing has helped them bond as a family.
Erin Corkran from Jasper, Texas and her two daughters Jamie, 26 and Rachel, 17, aim to top up their tans every day and sometimes sunbathe twice a day.
Labeling the ritual a 'family tradition', the three women, who never use sunscreen, have even installed a tanning bed worth $4,000 into one of their bedrooms, admitting that they are each 'addicted' to being tanned.
Family tradition: The Corkran family (l-r Jamie, Erin and Rachel) have spoken about their addictions to being tanned. The family have installed a $4,000 tanning bed into their home and tan without sunscreen every day
The family told Good Morning America that being tanned makes them feel skinnier and healthier and that there was no such thing as getting too dark.
Jamie, who likes to sunbathe in the heat of the day because she gets the best sun, said: 'Tanned fat is better than white fat'.
Although each are completely aware they are at risk of skin cancer, Erin noted:'I look at it like, I can die driving to the store'.
The two daughters began using their mother's tanning bed when they were just 12.
Addicted: The mother (above) said she will not stop despite her doctor advising her to do so several years ago
Tricks of the trade: The women use various methods of tanning assistance including 'Out Of Control XXX' oil
Erin also admitted that she had a
pre-cancerous mole removed from her skin a few years ago and despite her
doctor telling her to refrain from tanning, she has no intention to
stop the extreme behaviour.
Rachel, who is often told by her mother that she is not tanned enough, said: 'We're worried for her but that doesn't mean we're going to stop tanning either.'
Although Erin now uses sunscreen on her nose every now and then, Rachel has never used lotion in her entire life.
Older sister Jamie does not use sunscreen either, although her tanning oil contains a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of four.
Jamie added that she uses a mixture of baby oil and iodine in order to turn extremely brown – it is a trick she was taught by her mother.
Jamie said that they have even spread Crisco, the popular shortening product used in cooking, across their bodies as a tanning aid.
In the family: Erin comes from a long line of tanners and her daughters began tanning when they were 12
Erin revealed that she has come from a long line of 'tanners'.
She said: 'We lived on the lake and I remember my mama, her just sitting in a lawn chair all day long baking.'
As Good Morning America noted, the family share tanning tips like many other families share cooking recipes.
Rachel said: 'Most times, when we look in the mirror, we're not dark enough.'
Jamie added that she feels most attractive when she is tanned.
She said: 'You look more alive. Your teeth look whiter, your eyes look brighter. Your bathing suits just look a million times better.'