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

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 92
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1076 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I think tan and fair are both beautiful. I’m naturally tan, even in winter. I very rarely burn and if I go outside in summer for a couple of hours I get fairly dark. My friends all used to say how lucky I am, but I think pale girls are equally beautiful.

The only time I think someone’s skin is gross is if they’ve fake tanned and look like an oompa loompa. Seriously, gross.

Post # 93
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1076 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@justjade:  

YES! SLIP SLOP SLAP FTW! The new campaign is not very catchy.

Post # 94
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2246 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@justjade:  It’s the same thing in NZ. The sun is so harsh and frankly you’d be a fool not to put sunscreen on at the very least, especially in the summer. A girl a year ahead of me in high school died of melanoma last year and it’s really made us more vigilant about covering up when out in the sun

Despite being Filipino, I’m very fair-skinned and I have to say that I find the obsession with having tanned skin to be a Western one. In the Philippines and in a lot of Asian countries, there’s the obsession with being fair-skinned. And just excessive tanning poses risks to one’s health, using whitening creams with God-knows-what chemicals isn’t bound to be good for you either. I just think that the pressure to conform to being tanned or being pale is silly. Be happy with your skin, take care of it and feel beautiful in it.

 

Post # 96
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Busy bee

I love being pale and fair.  I have sensitive skin.

I’m going to invent sun tan lotion for florescent lighting for the office workers.  LOL

I was walking through the grocery store one day last summer and some lady said something rude to me about getting some sun on my “white pastey ass”.  I turned around and put her in her place and I said something I shouldn’t have, but I made her feel bad, because she was rude.  I told her that I’m in remission of cancer and I try to avoid the sun at all possible costs…etc.   And she apologized like I’ve never seen anyone apologize before in my life.  I told her next time, watch what she says out loud to people because you never know what goes on in people’s lives. LOL

 

 

Post # 97
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492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If I want a tan quick, I use Sally Hansen self tanner for the legs. And if I’m going on vacation I get a spray tan. Easy as that. It comes of as your skin naturally exfoliates yourself and if you know what you’re doing, you’ll get one coat of the spray tan, which just gives off a good glow and has that tanned look, but not orange tan. 

Post # 98
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363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

yes! big EFF YOU to anyone who tries to impose their “beauty” ideas onto me (not just skin colour/tan colour). and i hate that commercial that ‘tan is beautiful’, i want to punch them in their future-wrinkled and skin cancer-y faces. tanning beds are just as stupid as smoking, it’s the same thing.

but i want to make the biggest eff you to the literally ORANGE woman at a bridal show i went to a few months ago that POUNCED on me saying that i need to look beautiful for my big day and have to come in for a tan. when i said “no, i choose not to tan” [because i did outside as a teen but realized it wasn’t worth it] and she said “but everyone looks better with a tan!” and i responded with “no thanks, i’ll pass on the skin cancer” and walked away…. eff you, you look like an idiot with your orange skin. go eff yourself.

ahh, i feel better 🙂

and what about the 50’s?! dark hair/pale skin here…. wasn’t that sexy then?! 🙂

Post # 99
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1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I feel like my FB blew up this week with people talking about hitting the tanning bed.  I WANT TO SMACK THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS OUT OF THEM!!  To me, it’s not worth the risks to have color.  Pick up a bottle of Jergen’s use that if you want color.

Post # 100
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m naturally fair.  Japanese + Irish = pale.  I have tanned three times in my life.  Prom, accidentally when I first moved to Atlanta (I was by the pool for a lot longer than I thought!) and for my engagement shoot.  Otherwise, I have sunblock on at all times, and I did as a child too.  I will tan once more, and that’s for the wedding.  The only reason I’m tanning at all is because I have a very slight yellow undertone to my skin that’s only noticible when I wear very light colors.  Normally, I wear colors that compliment my skin tone, but I want the stupid white dress and spray tans just look horrible on me. 

Post # 101
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1036 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I’ll admit, I like the way when I get a tan…but I know too many people who have had skin cancer and like my healthy way more…and have done gradual tanning lotions in the past and honestly am too damn lazy to care enough to do it anymore. I love when people have naturally tan skin, but hate when people try to fake it. At my college graduation the girl next to me had sweat off her Mystic Tan and had a ring of orange around her ankles, it was ridiculous. I wanted to look like me on my wedding day, in the middle of the winter, I rocked my transluscence. I loved that it made the contrast between my skin and DH’s more pronounced, frankly.

Post # 102
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206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m another person who can’t physically tan due to Irish ancestry, and I get crap about my skin color all the time. Just a few weeks ago, the cleaning lady at my job grabbed my arm (!!!) and started telling me how sick I looked. It’s very annoying.

@vorpalette:  Ew, I’m pretty sure baking in the son covered in Crisco is even worse than tanning in a salon!

Post # 103
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2187 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I adore sunbathing! I do not tan to appease others or to be fashionable – I do it because I LOVE it! Maybe because I am a Leo – a great big cat who loves to lay in the sun. And except for my face, I do not wear sunscreen at all unless I am at the beach, boating or canoeing. There is a growing belief that sun exposure is not to be feared (in moderation) – that we have been so trained to be sun-phobic that vitamin D deficencies are now common. Quite frankly, I fear the toxic chemicals in most sunscreens far more than the sun.

 

I am almost 50 years old, my dermatologist is amazed at how good my skin looks and there has never been any signs of skin cancer. Oh and I never do tanning beds.

 

Post # 104
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1908 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I am naturally fair skinned but sometimes in the summer I use fake tan lotion to get that glow. My fair skin is prone to red blotches and I have KP on my upper arms, it just evens me out and looks nice.

The rest of the year I don’t bother trying to tan. It’s Wisconsin, if you’re tan in December either it’s fake or you visit tanning booths. In the winter I don’t seem to get the redness I do in the summer for some reason plus it’s long sleeves and pants weather here anyway.

Other than a short UV exposure outside (~20 min) I always have sunscreen. Working in a lab where we use UV light to disinfect everything – it kills cells and cuts DNA up into little pieces, I just cannot expose myself to that risk. Yes, your DNA repairs itself but eventually it cannot keep up and then you have skin cancer. I have seen too many people suffer through it in one way or another it’s just not a risk I will take.

Post # 105
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560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i’m not getting a spray tan for my wedding because its too much of a hassle and i don’t want it to stain my dress. I had a spray tan for my friends wedding and i was a bridesmaid. I loved looking tan but the stains dont come out of the dress and it starts to look terrible when it starts to go all patchy and fade. I just want to be natural on the day. Just last year my cousin got married and il never forget when his wife walked down the aisle how brown almost orange her face looked against her bright white dress it looked terrible! even she said she could notice it and wasnt happy with it. I wont be making that mistake! There’s nothing wrong with being natural 🙂

Post # 106
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Helper bee

I am fair-skinned, and I actually want to be even lighter! I have never tanned and never want to. I think really fair skin is beautiful.

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