The teen started sunning four years ago and says it's much more than a hobby. "I love having darker skin because it makes me feel better about myself," she confesses. In the past year, she spent over 400 hours in tanning salons. "I do the maximum time. I use an enhancer to get a deeper tan. A lot of the times, my mom will say I'm too dark."
Sheila makes light of the health risks associated with too much sun exposure. "I always tell her that if I'm going to die of cancer, then I'm going to die tan," she teases. "I always joke that I'm going to marry rich so that he can pay for all the damage that I'm doing to my skin now!"
Lori fears that Sheila's words will come back to burn her. She turns to Dr. Phil. "I can't get through to my daughter. Can you help me get her out of the sun?" she pleads.
"I'm going to make Sheila look like she's going to look in about 25 years if she keeps tanning the way she does," Alan says. Applying thick make-up and a rubber mixture, he creates wrinkles, sunspots and a leathery complexion.
Sheila gapes at her face in the mirror. "It looks terrible. I definitely look better before the makeover," she laughs. Yet, the age-progression doesn't faze her. "I don't think my tanning would ever do this. This isn't going to make me stop tanning!"
Sheila muses over Karen's tragic story. "When I said I was going to die tan before, I didn't really mean it, because I didn't think that that could actually happen to me. I'm glad I had someone like Karen talk to me now than later when it may be too late," she says.
"So where do you stand on this now?" Dr. Phil asks Sheila.
"I don't think I'm ready to stop tanning yet," she replies, "Maybe just a couple more years."
Dr. Phil looks at her skeptically. "What's the payoff?"
Dr. Phil turns to Lori. "What do you think about this?" he asks.
"I think she needs to stop," Lori says. Yet, she feels powerless to curtail her daughter's tanning. "She has a job, a car. She can go whether I say no or yes," she says.
Dr. Phil is perplexed. "Really? So you have no control?" he asks.
"I don't think I do. She can do it behind my back," Lori insists.
"It seems to me just inherently obvious that you're putting yourself at risk," Dr. Phil says. "Do you think you're going to feel incredibly stupid if you get a bad diagnosis after all this?"
"Yes," Sheila says.
Dr. Phil suggests a healthier alternative to tanning. He presents Sheila with a basket of Neutrogena self-tanning products. "If what you want is the affect, why don't you do it chemically?" he asks.
"I guess I could try this way," Sheila says grudgingly.
"Your enthusiasm is underwhelming," Dr. Phil jokes.
Everybody in the audience will also receive Neutrogena products.