(Closed) Who else wants to say "EFF YOU" to the obsession with tan skin?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
625 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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 # 5
465 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
1263 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
3518 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
50 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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
2344 posts
Buzzing bee

@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
3273 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
4097 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@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
3069 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@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.

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