Post # 1
I am naturally fair skinned. Like, REALLY fair skinned. I’m pretty much translucent. I do not tan. I turn red, then back to pale. Fake tanner looks ridiculous on me. And why should I even feel like I need to darken my skin? Fair skin used to be sought after. And in many asian countries, it still is! Even my own mother told me that I should fake-tan my skin for my wedding. I happen to enjoy having porcelain, cancer free skin. I think more ladies should not feel the need to alter their natural skin color just to appease society.
Post # 3
I really think it’s a matter of personal opinion. There is such a thing is taking it too far (orange, leathery), but I know a number of people who tan occasionally (to prevent sunburns on holidays or just for fun) and they look perfectly fine.
I’ve never tanned because I’m naturally olive/tan. I definitely wouldn’t say ‘eff you’ to tanned skin because…well… that’s a personal choice for everyone.
Post # 4
Mainly, I’m talking about the implication that “tan is beautiful”, and those of us that don’t want to/can’t cannot attain the same level of beauty as our tanned skin counterparts. I think it’s unfair and unhealthy in some cases.
Post # 5
I think, in general, people should be more accepting of others’ choices. I used to be very, very pale, and I embraced it, until I followed some friends to a tanning salon in college. I think pale and tan skin are both beautiful.
Personally, love tanning because the light gives me an extra vitamin D boost (in the chilly NW) and because, to be honest, I look a little slimmer tan. I would assume that is why many others enjoy tanning.
I do think there is a lot pressure to be tan for your wedding. But you should embrace your lovely skin and do what you feel comfortable doing!
Post # 6
I totally agree! I’m naturally fair-skinned, too (yay, for my Scottish heritage!), and I had no interest whatsoever in going out of my way to be tanned for the wedding. It’s not because I’m afraid I’ll come out orange, or because of the health risks, it’s because I don’t want to be tanned. It’s like dying your hair or something – some people love dying their hair, I never have, simply because I don’t want to and don’t see the point.
Having said that, though, I do tan when I spend enough time in the sun, but I always wear short sleeves (at least) when in the sun, so I had some great tan lines for the wedding!
Post # 7
Me! I’m pale and blonde and get terrible sunburn; I just don’t tan. I always wear huge sunhats in the summer, and I now wear suncream on my face and arms every day because frankly I’d rather not risk the cancer. I can’t be bothered with fake tan, and so often it just doesn’t look good. Power to the pale!
Post # 8
Meeee I doooo. I have a skin allergy to sunlight and used to get called vampire in school, back before that was like a compliment or something.
Fortunately I moved to Korea where everyone wants to be as white as humanly possible and my pallor inspires admiration instead of mockery.
Post # 9
I’m perfectly happy being white like paper, and luckily my Fiance is Chinese and my last few boyfriends were all Asian. Typically speaking, in most Asian cultures pale skin is considered more beautiful.
Post # 10
I’m Asian and my skin is paler than most of my fair-skinned friends because of this trend! As others have mentioned though, this might be a cultural thing. My family always compliments my complexion, and I take comfort in knowing that I’m not harming my body or at risk for premature wrinkles.
That said, I do think tan skin (or any shade) can be beautiful! I just get concerned when people take it too far. I have a friend who is gorgeous, but she fake-bakes every day and so her skin is orange, wrinkled and crispy looking at age 24. My sister tans in the sun once a week with moisturizers to maintain a base “glow” and her skin looks healthy still. Big difference!
For me personally, it’s a big “eff you” to tanning. I love my fair complexion! 🙂
Post # 11
@Minae: I’m am fair skinned as well and I like it! I can tan and I think I still look cute, but I prefer my fair skin. I’m also a little paranoid about skin cancer so I really just try to avoid the sun because of the risks involved. I have a little red head baby with fair skin as well and I love it (:
Post # 12
Me! Naturally tan skin is gorgeous. Naturally dark skin is too. Naturally pale skin is as well, in my book. Love the skin you were given, don’t put yourself at higher risk for skin cancer to match a trend.
pale and proud here, lol
Post # 13
I look much better with a tan. Much healthier in looks but certainly not in aging. I moved to Canada 5 years ago from Australia so am hardly in the sun now. I went home to Australia for a holiday recently and could not believe how much my friends had aged! Darn Australian sun, making everyone look older than they are. I feel like I put my wrinkles on hold for 5 years.
Post # 14
I am also fair skinned… Red hair and freckles. somedays I wish there was a de-tanning salon since I live in fl there really isn’t any way around getting some tan unless I want to smell like sunscreen every day.
Post # 15
@Minae: I used to tan year round, then I stopped and said I would never do it again because my mom had a skin cancer scare, but now I’m back to doing it again. Only a little bit, because it helps to conceal my stretch marks during bikini season. I don’t tan my face though, I just put a towel over it. And to be clear it has nothing to do with pleasing society. I am not applying some colored product out of a bottle and using it to paint my skin darker. I have natural golden undertones, I’m not fair skinned, so when those rays hit my skin gets tan. That’s biology, I don’t have mind control over my melanin. It’s not fake. I’m not trying to look like someone else. One skin color is no more beautiful than another. My husband is so fair skinned his own father calls him “Casper” but I think he looks great.
Post # 16
@Minae: I think young woman with heavily tanned skin, when it’s not their natural tone, look –well, lower class. Lower class with money. It’s not an upper middle class look, In My Humble Opinion.