(Closed) tanning vs chemicals?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think both are bad… basically it seems that EVERYTHING causes cancer these days… I mean heck even sunscreen causes cancer!

I think your best bet would be to either get a UV protected longsleeved shirt (and bike gloves??) and minimize as much sun exposure as possible…

That said, I will probably be choosing a tanning bed a little before my wedding if I have tanlines from natural sun.  It’s just my preference to have a real tan, however it will probably be the last time I use one… My dad had melanoma a couple years ago, luckily they found and diagnosed it early and he was absolutely fine after they removed a golfball sized piece of skin from his back… But I don’t want to take any more chances.

ETA: I have a darker/olive-y complexion so it doesn’t take much for me to get a hint of color… I can go outside for 20 minutes and have a tan line.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I’m not sure what the perfect solution is but I really don’t like chemicals and I think sun in moderate doses is good for you, especially if you’re using sunscreen and don’t burn.  I did a lot of running and cycling the summer before my wedding and also my job was partly outside so i tried to do tank topss mostly and evened out my shoulders with some slightly tinted lotion.  At the end I was wearing more strapless stuff during the day walking around to fairs and stuff and I ended up with no tan lines.  Maybe too much sun for some peoples taste though. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think that Doc is wack!  Putting a lotion on your skin is NOT dangerous.  It is the safest way to get a tan!  He should be promoting lotion over tanning.  The sun is terrible for your skin.  Ridiculous!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@lfranke: So you are saying you use olive oil to tan???

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

I understand the principle behind this; I know a lot of people nowadays seem to be worried about the chemicals in sunscreen.  That being said, show me one study of a person who got cancer from wearing too much sunscreen, and I’ll show you 50 of people who got cancer from not wearing enough.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ok I was thinking that he said tanning lotions (bronzers) were chemically bad for you. Sorry for the confusion.  I just bought Xen Tan Transform Luxe lotion to self tan.  I heard it works really well.  It was 30 bucks for 8 fl oz.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@missmichigan: I think the original topical cream she was talking about was medicated (not a tanning lotion), which is why she could use too much… But that got her thinking about all of the other unnatural chemicals she was putting into her body involuntarily. (OP correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s how I read your post).

And there have been studies that show the sun/heat changes the chemical makeup of sunscreen and can cause cancer. (http://www.aolnews.com/2010/05/24/study-many-sunscreens-may-be-accelerating-cancer/)

*Vitamin A compound called retinyl palmitate, used in some 40 percent of sunscreens, breaks down and causes skin damage under exposure to sunlight.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@o0olibelulao0o: That is so interesting.  So is it best to not use sunscreen when you are exposed to sun ?

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@missmichigan: I think it’s best to use a sunscreen without Retinil Palmitate (or however it was spelled) there are supposedly quite a few.  I don’t really use sunscreen (Embarassed)  so I’m not a good person to judge that, but I will be investing in some “all natural” sunscreen that does not have the Vitamin A for this summer.  That said, I do think people are better off using sunscreen than not, but I feel like EVERYTHING causes cancer in some way so it’s just a lose/lose situation, you just have to pick your battles.  Sad but true.

(ETA:  I’m not a doctor or anything, so I’m just speaking on my personal opinion based on information I have found online.)

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