‘Peo­ple judge by what you look like, but they have no clue about what’s go­ing on in­side’

Dad re­veals rea­son why he wears fake tan

Cynon Valley - - ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE - TYLER MEARS tyler.mears@waleson­line.co.uk

IT’S not un­usual for men to wear fake tan these days.

The mar­ket for male beauty prod­ucts and cos­met­ics is boom­ing and is now a multi-bil­lion­pound world­wide in­dus­try.

But peo­ple can still be quick to judge, as one man from the Rhondda has dis­cov­ered only too well.

Sean Mc­cabe, of Tonyre­fail, wears fake tan al­most ev­ery day, fork­ing out around £30 a month on prod­ucts like St Tropez Fake Tan.

The fa­ther of three is often asked if he has been away on hol­i­day or if he is wear­ing fake tan.

“Ev­ery day I get at least one com­ment ask­ing if I’m wear­ing fake tan,” the 33-year-old said.

“Peo­ple are quick to judge you by what you look like on the out­side, but they have no clue about what’s go­ing on in­side.”

Un­be­known to some, there is a heart­break­ing rea­son why Sean wears fake tan.

He was di­ag­nosed with can­cer in June 2013, then aged 28, and was started on an in­ten­sive chemo- ther­apy course.

De­spite be­ing given the all-clear in Septem­ber, he was given the heart­break­ing news just two months later that his can­cer had re­turned, that it was more ag­gres­sive than be­fore, and that he had just a cou­ple of months to live.

Be­liev­ing he was go­ing to die, Sean booked the lo­cal church, St David’s, for his fu­neral in late Jan­uary 2014, think­ing he would be dead by then.

How­ever, de­spite the odds be­ing stacked against him, Sean went into re­mis­sion and was given the all-clear again in April 2015.

He can­celled the church book­ing he had made for his own fu­neral and re­booked it for his wed­ding in­stead.

De­spite mak­ing a full re­cov­ery, the ef­fects of can­cer and chemo­ther­apy have left Sean un­able to go out in the sun.

Doc­tors have warned him that over­ex­po­sure to UV rays could lead to the can­cer re­turn­ing.

So in­stead he uses fake tan.

“Be­cause of all the chemo and treat­ment, it means I’m re­ally prone to skin can­cer.

“So I thought fake tan would be a per­fect so­lu­tion for that.

“I wanted a colour, not for any­one else, but for my­self.

“I spent so long in hospi­tal, look­ing un­well – I just wanted to feel nor­mal.

“I think fake tan is a great con­fi­dence-booster for can­cer pa­tients.

“I don’t smoke. I don’t drink. If this is what makes me happy, then why not let me just do it?”

ROB BROWNE

Can­cer sur­vivor Sean Mc­cabe

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