(Closed) Self tanning lotion = cancer??

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
6359 posts
Bee Keeper

Yeah, cosmetic regulation is crazy bad in the US. At least try to get a self-tanner from the EU, where their chemical safety regulations for cosmetics are much higher. The best would be to get an organic tanner made out of natural ingredients, though for those unexperienced with organic cosmetics, the inconveniences that often replace the carcinogenic chemicals can be annoying. I’ve never tried an organic self-tanner, but I’d imagine it would be more water-soluable. Vegetable based dyes work great to produce color on hair and skin, but they tend to be temporary.

Post # 4
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am sorry your SO feels that way.  Maybe he doesn’t understand.  I always thought tanning went out of style with the 90s.  The point though, is yes- cosmetics are terrible and have so many toxic properties.  I use this site to help find safer products:


I would find something safe and natural, or go natural.  It isn’t worth someone thinking you are hot that way, even if you love them.

Post # 6
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@anon00:  I’ve seen so many posts from you regarding your body and what your Boyfriend or Best Friend thinks of it. I just wish you could be happy with yourself and that your Boyfriend or Best Friend could be more supportive of your health versus your outward appearance 🙁 I’m sure you’d be beautiful in any shade.

Post # 8
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think slathering yourself in chemicals is, in general, a really bad idea. Especially for something as uneccessary as a tan.

Post # 9
5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

These are two very different issues. You likely aren’t going to get cancer from lotion, but the issues with your boyfriend seem upsetting. 


Post # 12
987 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@anon00:  Oh my. If anyone would leave somebody because of natural, physical issues, they weren’t worth being with in the first place. Your SO is way out of line, especially given how he’s affected your self-worth.

Post # 13
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@anon00:  ”  true, although i feel like you can’t be sexy if you’re pale- you can only be pretty.  I am not pretty, so I really have to be sexy in order to be attractive. (I have a very masculine face)”

WHAT?!  No way.  I don’t know who has been putting these ideas in your head, but golly- that is so not the case.  Sexy comes in all skin colors.

Post # 16
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

First, I’m also concerned about your self-image regarding your SO. Sure, everyone has their preferences, but your lifetime partner isn’t just a set of physical features! Your SO should love you the most when you’re feeling your best, not when you’re trying to match his preferences. My fiance and I talk all the time about how we’re aging and our bodies may change. Even when he says something about how he thinks I look perfect, I’m quick to remind him that my body WILL change (esp after kids!), and he says it will still be perfect then, too. I hope you can find someone who loves you this way, or if your SO does love you this way, I hope you can learn to accept this kind of love! It’s a wonderful thing.

Specifically regarding self-tanner, I bought some last summer to fix up some lines. I chose based on the Skin Deep database, and ended up with Nature’s Gate Glow Lotion. It says it’s very low risk for cancer, and I thought it worked really well! http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/340297/Nature%27s_Gate_Glow_Lotion_Medium/

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