Post # 62
I’ve been called “freakishly pale” before, so I know exactly what you mean! I can’t even tan–I just burn, peel, and go back to being pale, so it’s just painful and horrible. so I’ve embraced my paleness–I basically hid from the sun the summer before my wedding to avoid tan lines and sun burns and I’m so glad I did. My skin is so much healthier when I slather myself up with spf!
Post # 63
meh, some people tan better than others, although i don’t condone “tanning” in salons. some people like it but for me the risk isn’t worth it. i’m pretty fair-skinned with blond hair and light freckling on my cheekbones, but my skin has kind of neutral undertones. i might get a little color, but not much, and it’s more of a light gold than brown. i usually just wear sunscreen because i wear a lot of tanks and tshirts and don’t want to deal with weird tan lines, and also because it doesn’t take much for me to burn.
Post # 64
I find it interesting that a lot of these posters are told to “tan” for their weddings and the such. In places like NYC, being pale/not tanning is kind of the norm. For those Bees who get told they should be “tan” for this and that, where are you from?
Post # 65
@Minae: I find naturally tanned skin just beautiful, but agree that everyone should embrace what they were born and blessed with. Some are born to be fair and fabulous, and some are born to be bronzed and beautiful. I tan easily in the sun, and definitely love how I look in the summer when my skin is a little darker and my hair is a little lighter. I associate the naturally tanned look with the carefree, classy, beach lifestyle of Palm Beach. I am not a fan of the orange Jersey/NY fake tan look. I encourage everyone to be true to who they are and embrace their natural beauty.
Post # 66
I’m pale with (dyed but appears natural) red hair. In high school, I wanted to be tan. It bugged me a lot. I just don’t tan well despite my Italian and Mediterranean heritage. I embraced the pale. Now that I’m approaching 30, I realize that I look at least 5 years younger than my friends who tanned religiously all through high school and college.
Naturally tan and dark skin is beautiful. I’m in favor of embracing what is natural for you!
Post # 67
I am Italian, but during winter, my skin becomes very fair. I don’t like the way my face or body looks when it is pale. I prefer being tan. Some people can pull off fair skin very well, but I can’t.
Post # 68
I totally support embracing your natural beautiful skin color…but I don’t really understand the comment about white skin used to being sought after and still being so in Asian countries?
I’m Mexican and have a year round tan.
Post # 69
I am pretty pale. I find it a bit annoying when I come back from vacation and people ask me if I even went outside. So what? I wear high SPF sunscreen because I don’t want to look like leather when I’m 40.
Post # 70
Non tan is by far my preference!! I hate when I get all farmers tan ish and so forth. I want to be paaaaaaale!
Post # 71
@Minae: Yea it’s crazy. I’m naturally really fair skinned but I usually tan for looks (I grew up in the South, where beachy golden tans are a competitive sport just like Football) and so that I don’t burn when I go to the beach. If I get a base tan summer is a lot less painful for me.
That being said, it kind of sucks! Tanning beds are expensive and “breakthrough” tanning can be so painful. Not to mention the worry about moles and skin cancer.
I love living in NYC now because tanning beds are rare and people really embrace their pale skin. I’ve realized that I’m nowhere near as self-conscious about it here, but I still want to be able to enjoy the beach this summer (not to mention my honeymoon in the Carribbean this fall!)
I think I subconsciously fell for a latino guy so that my kids hopefully won’t have to go through the misery that I did!
Post # 72
@icetea: Hi there I am asian and live in asia more specifically east asia. It IS true! Everyone wants to be as pale as possible! haha. I have naturally tanned skin *gasp* and I am the ugly duck in the region. haha. But then when I go to Europe my skin is luxurious looking, like I can afford many holidays at the beach. haha
Post # 73
I’m of Spanish descent so my skin has a bit of an olive tone. I personally look better with a bit of a tan, but I’m scared of skin cancer so I’ve never used a tanning bed. I like a bit of fake tan (not into the orange look though), but when I go to the beach with sunscreen on, I usually tan pretty fast. Living in Australia helps!
Post # 74
I’m on the whitest people I know. I honestly think I would just look weird tan. My skin is so sensitive though, I hate it. When I go swimming I have to reapply sunscreen every 20 minutes or so, or I will be burned for MONTHS.
One of my coworkers is so over baked, she’s one tan away from turning into walking leather. It looks so disgusting.
Post # 75
I’ve come to accept my fair skin, and love it. I used to attempt tanning every summer, only to burn and turn back to pale instantly. My friends make fun of me for being so pale, but I know I’m healthier for it and its just the way I am. No sense in trying to change something that won’t change, so I accept and embrace my pale complexion. I won’t be tanning or doing drake tan for my wedding. I want to look like me, paleness and all.
Post # 76
I don’t necessarily think that tan skin looks any better or worse. However,I have so much pressure to get tan – alterations people, my mom, various relatives, etc. Even my hair girl (who i usually otherwise love). I’ve had several friends w/ melanoma. Even though I don’t tan, I have now had two suspicious moles removed. Plus, I literally am under doctor’s orders to not tan. I have some health issues, and being in the sun makes me exhausted and can cause my health to go out of remission – so not worth it for me . I was going to get a spray tan for the wedding, but my partner aske dme not to. He likes me pale.