Sunbathing takes toll on Chantelle Houghton

Updated: Jul 09, 2013, 13:30 PM IST

London: Model Chantelle Houghton says frequent sunbathing has left her skin damaged, and so she prefers to use a fake tan product!

"I used to go on sunbeds between three and four times a week before I was pregnant with Dolly, and I`ve just started to notice that I`ve got dark spots on my cheeks and chin where my skin has been sun damaged," Houghton wrote in her new magazine column, reports

With concerns about tanning and the long-term dangers associated with it, including cancer, Houghton now prefers to tan out of a bottle as it is safer and easier option.

"It`s really bad. I don`t even enjoy sitting in the sun anymore. Years ago, I`d literally sunbathe until the sun went down. I think it`s easier - and safer - to top up your tan using fake tan products," she added.

The 29-year-old, who has a daughter Dolly with ex-fiance, martial artist Alex Reid, says she avoided using sunbeds or sunbathing when she was pregnant. But sun tanning is still popular in her hometown Essex.

"I read last week that a third of all tanning salons in the Britain closed down last year because the appeal of a tan is fading. Not in Essex, it isn`t! Spray tans are still as popular as ever, but I think everyone is a bit more wary of using sunbeds these days," she said.