Post # 47
I’m pale and happy! Saying that, Im also Scottish.. I’m so used to being pale that I think I look strange any other way. Saying that, I get major tan envy of my bestie who has naturally tanned skin and always looks smokin’! I think it is down to the individual
Post # 48
I’m very Irish, so I can’t tan in the sun. I burn, I peel and I’m just as pale as I was before, just with more freckles. I wil sometimes get a spray tan, but it looks pretty good. I go with a lighter color so I just get a little color. I will probably get one for my wedding just because my skin has a red undertone and I don’t want to be splotchy.
I think it’s a personal thing though. If I had a flawless complexion like @spoiledvamp27: I would never think about a spray tan.
Post # 49
@jilleeann: THIS. Healthy skin. Healthy skin is beautiful!
And also a +1 to everyone who said that embracing your natural tone is probably the way to go. Fake bake isn’t very flattering.
Post # 50
I’m super pale with blonde hair and light light brown eyelashes. I couldn’t tan even if I wanted to. I have done the laying out and tanning salon thing but neither work, I turn bright red then back to white. Sunblock always burns my skin especially my face so I just wear a hat and huge sunglasses. I use retinol produces now so I try to avoid the sun at all costs.
I do use the gradual tanning moisturizer like Jergens sometimes but it never looks quite right. I use it mostly on my legs for when I wear skirts or dresses.
Growing up my friends always tanned and I thought I wasn’t as cute especially in the summer. Then I lived in Central America for a few years and couldn’t believe how much the women and men prefer pale skin.
It’s the differences among women that make us all so beautiful. So embrace what you have and highlight the best parts.
Post # 51
My mom has gorgeous glowing olive skin and tans naturally, my grandmother was dark haired and fair skinned, never tanned, and at 95 has beautiful rosy skin still. On the other side of this I know women who tanned religiously in their youth and even in their 30s showed significant signs of sun damage. And then there’s the weird orange from fake tans that rarely looks good. I think whatever your natural coloration, embrace it, wear colors that flatter it, and above all take care of it! There’s beauty in every skin color, you don’t need to force yourself to be a color you aren’t.
Post # 52
@Minae: You and I are in the same boat. I’m 1/2 Irish and 1/2 Argentine so normally I look absolutely white, white, translucent white (my legs are awful and you can see veins in my ankles) but when I am exposed to sun I can tan and get pretty dark thanks to the padre.
My stock goes up when I tan, honestly – I just look healthier and more fit (IMO.) I’ve pretty much been slathering on the 45 year round for the last 3 years because I want to keep my skin looking youthful but I started tanning a couple weeks ago to prepare for my trip to DR. I forgot how good I can look.
I know what you mean…..but I feel like pale skin is actually “coming back.” People don’t desire to be Tahitian dark like they did in the 90s and 00s.
I suggest using this!
You can find it at Sephora. I’ve used it for years and it makes my paper white skin have a subtle, non orange tan. I’ve used everything and this is the only thing that actually makes me look really good. The smell is amazing! I don’t wear perfume when I put it on because I love smelling like this lotion.
Post # 53
I think my youthful, wrinkle free skin is eff you enough to the tanners of the world and those who promote it.
I find it amazing that people are still going to tanning salons with everything we now know about cancer and UV lights! So stupid!
Post # 54
@SouthernGirl: Aww, thanks! I agree. Its all personal! I just wish there wasnt so much pressure of: “You’re a bride. You should be tan.” Or “You’ve got a big event coming up, you need to be tan to look your best.”
Post # 55
I agree. Tanning moderately and with the appropriate protection is ok, but overdoing it to follow a trend is just unhealthy.
I’m olive skinned and if I go to the beach every day for a month I get really tanned (always using the appropriate sunscreen, of course), but I choose not to do that. Although I’ve lived my entire life by the seaside. I’ve seen firsthand the damage the sun has done to my aunts who tan every summer with little to no sunscreen as to achieve sooner that ‘battered old leather chair’ skin. Seriously. That’s how they look. Between that and their yo-yo dieting they look older than my mum, who is 8 years older than them but takes better care of herself.
Moreover, I noticed that if I get tanned in the summer my skin will look sallow in winter, so it’s not worth it.
I still occasionally go to the beach and go out walking and running, but I’m careful to use a 15 Spf all year round and higher in summer when the sun strikes harder. 🙂
My best friend has really fair skin and she doesn’t get it. She, like everyone else in our province, keeps asking me why don’t I want to tan, since I can (and she can only get golden glow at most).
I learned to love my skin the way it is, and I don’t want wrinkles yet!
Post # 56
@Minae: Amen. I embraced the pale long ago. I am not QUITE as pale as you, but very close. Basically the lightest shade of makeup isn’t light enough for me most of the time. On a sorta related note, Clinique CC cream (it’s new) in “very light” is actually very light and I am pleasantly surprised lol.
I like tan skin.. but it isn’t for me.
Post # 57
I said eff you to this trend about 6 years ago and never looked back! I grew up in CA where it “wasn’t normal” to be pale and being tan was expected so as a teenager that’s just what I did.
One day I woke up and just decided it was dumb to try to be something I’m not. Why not just embrace the natural beauty we were all born with? My mom is always saying she wants to look like this or that celebrity, or get plastic surgery to look exactly like so & so. I think that’s really sad 🙁 We should all just try to be the healthiest most beautiful version of ourselves. Not that I don’t have my “I feel ugly” days but I’m much happier in general after deciding to embrace my natural state.
Post # 58
@Minae: i am exactly the same, the only thing i get in the sun is red and freckley then back to white. I actually love being pale though the way i see it if it was good enough for the old movie starlets its good enough for me.
Post # 59
My SO put it perfectly yesterday. I was telling him I like how I more so with a tan and how hard it was to stop (I kicked the habit last summer) and he said “Do you want to look a little better now or a lot worse later?”
Post # 60
@spoiledvamp27: You’re welcome 🙂 I’ve been lucky I guess. I haven’t had any pressure to tan for the wedding.
Post # 61
Vampires are very “in” right now. 😉