‘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
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?”
Cancer survivor Sean Mccabe