Post # 1
i just read a post about how long you should tan before your wedding and i found myself probably excessively disturbed by it.
i hope i don’t get slayed for this, but guys why are you tanning??? it’s so bad for you. as someone who works at a cancer hospital, i have a hard time grasping why people smoke or tan- both things that are 100% known to increase your risk of some really horrible cancers. no one leads a 100% perfect lifestyle, but there are some things that are pretty obvious. i suppose it’s living in that “it will never happen to me bubble.”
i actually stumbled onto this girl’s blog today and last year, she was all of us. 23, pretty and going about her happy life with her boyfriend. then she was diagnosed with stage III melanoma (with no history of bad burns, just tanning). and she’s certainly still really beautiful, but she’s had a rough road with multiple surgeries and chemo. and she freely admits that melanoma is terminal. as in, there’s no cure. it’s NOT WORTH IT.
i’ll get off my soapbox now.
Post # 3
I’m tanning for just a few weeks because I feel I’ll look more healthy and I’ll look nice and slim. I know this is completely ridiculous given the seriousness of what you just posted but I normally don’t do it and I do get skin cancer screenings every year at the end of summer.
Post # 4
I actually just started tanning today, only because I do not want to burn to a crisp from being soo white on our cruise:) Gradual beats sudden exposure!
Post # 5
@VirginiaR: This too! We’re going to the Bahamas and I will be a lobster.
Post # 6
@VirginiaR: i just ask that you read her story! i don’t know her, but was just so taken by what’s happened to her in the last year. limited exposure and sunscreen beats gradual.
i’m sorry- i don’t ‘mean to rain on your cruise parade i’m just all worked up about this!
Post # 7
I will tan before my wedding/cruise because I am so pale. I don’t mind being pale, but there are times where I just look washed out with certain things. I know I’ll burn to a crisp on the cruise though. It’ll be best for me just to get some sort of coloring before going. Nothing extreme.
Post # 8
Definitely didn’t tan before my wedding…and definitely don’t plan on ever tanning! NOT worth it! Thanks OP! 🙂
Post # 9
Its ok I understand..lol To each its own when it comes to ones body 🙂 Some people can tolerate it some can not. It is a risk..
I have been on a boat and had blisters all over my chest and perfer not to go that route, specially since it will be 7 days of sun.
Post # 10
@VirginiaR: avoiding the sun between 10 and 4 and lots of sunscreen can help with that. pretty tough on a cruise, i suppose!
Post # 11
I actually agree with you. I did comment on the tread about tanning but I don’t actually plan on sitting out in the sun for hours trying to get a nice tan. I may slather on sunscreen all summer but by September I’m still darker. If anything I may have to even out my tone with a spray tan.
I have a friend who is very fair (freckles everywhere) and she spends all of her free time tanning. The saddest part is that she’s a nurse and knows how bad it is for her yet doesn’t care. Not to mention that she actually looks AWFUL so tanned.
Post # 12
I don’t tan ever. I burn like a crisp. When going to beachey places, I wear SPF 80 waterproof and reapply constantly.
Post # 13
OK, question for anyone who knows about spray tanning:
What type of spray tanning is best? At a regular tanning salon (example a $20 Mystic tan), or at a more high end place. Is there much of a difference?
Post # 14
@nutMeg13: As far as machines go, I’ve done Mystic and Versa, which seem to be the most prevalent, at least where I live, and I much prefer the Versa. The tan always seems to be more even, and it has a drying system.
I hear the best spray tan is done through air brushing, which is when someone personally sprays you, but I’ve never done one, so I can’t speak to it.
I’m a big proponent of spray tans. Over the years they’ve gotten such a bad name, but the formulas have really improved. I can see how it varies by the individual, but if you’re not doing it every day, they can give you a nice, healthy glow.
I’m with the OP. The risk makes me really paranoid. Plus, why rush the aging process? I know that’s a vain reason when the possibility of skin cancer is on the table, but I can admit it’s another reason I avoid tanning beds.
Post # 15
Spray tanning all the way! Tan Towels are a good at home product, but I can’t find them anymore 🙁
Post # 16
They just had the tan towels on qvc maybe check their site:) As far as spray tans I find that the Mystic tan has a really strong smell.