(Closed) Who here purposely does NOT tan

posted 11 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree! I don’t tan, but that’s mostly because I’m Irish. I realized, I no longer burn anymore, I just turn pink!

I am thinking I might go tanning once or twice before the wedding though, just to make myself all one color. The only thing is, tanning beds really freak me out! They just look like coffins and I think I would have  a panic attack.

Post # 4
7039 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I love being pale. I’m especially going to love it when I don’t get skin cancer!

Post # 6
1722 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I can’t really tan but I also make an effort not to tan.  I, too, have grown to like my pale skin more and I also try to take care of my skin now to keep it from aging too fast.  I also have never been tan so I think it’d look weird with me being tan.


@SaraRocks: I totally agree about tanning beds! My roommate in college thought the same way so she would only use the stand up tanning beds.

Post # 7
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I tried tanning one shade darker this summer, first time ever (mostly to hide cellulite, but it didn’t work lol), but normally I like the combo of dark hair and pale skin.

Post # 8
1098 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t know that I love being very pale.  I would rather be a bit darker and be able to get a nice tan….but I’m really fair and burn easily.  So I don’t tan.  I don’t go outside ever without sunscreen on my face.  

I don’t love being that way, but I have accepted that is just the way I am. Luckily, my husband thinks it’s cute.


Post # 9
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

i don’t tan on purpose. a lot of people have told me to spray tan for my wedding, but i like my skin color the way it is. i have really dark hair/light olive skin and just think that for me, it works. 🙂 to each his own!

Post # 10
5592 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I probably couldn’t tan if I tried, but I’m good with my pale skin. 

Post # 11
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

sunscreen is my best friend!!

i get a lot of compliments on my fair skin actually…when i was younger i had a few people be like ‘omg you should TAN!” but now people are like ‘your skin is AWESOME” haha.

skin cancer runs in my family. it pisses me off when people are like ‘oh everything causes cancer..dont worry about it!”. when you have to have part of your nose cut off because you got skin cancer, you’ll regret saying those idiotic things to me (i saw that in a doctors office..so sad..)

Post # 12
8943 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I do not tan.  I know that the majority of aging is caused by sun and I want to look good when I get older!

Post # 13
3358 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I love my fair skin.  I always get compliments on it.  and i’m loving the fact that I don’t have wrinkles or sun damage while all my sunbathing friends are starting to show their age due to constant sun exposure.


and ditto on the skin cancer comment.

Post # 14
1485 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I don’t have pale skin, but I don’t go out of my way to tan either – I’m worried about skin cancer…and the leathery look of a lot of the ladies I know who are in their 50s & 60s.

Post # 15
671 posts
Busy bee

It’s not that I purposely don’t tan, just that it’s physically impossible! My skin is better suited to the Scottish highlands than the Australian sun, so I just go freckly then pink then red. I’ve had some very bad burns in my time so I’m pretty careful with the sunscreen, clothes, hats, shade, etc. Thank goodness rashies got cool, now I can cover up on the beach and not look lame 🙂 I wouldn’t mind being a bit darker and not having to worry about burning so much. So I wouldn’t say I’m proud of my pale skin, it’s not exactly “porcelain” – I have too many freckles and other damage. Trying to take better care of it now so I don’t end up with skin cancer like all the other Aussies.

Post # 16
1070 posts
Bumble bee

Another non-tanner here! I’ve already been biopsied for skin cancer once when I was 19 so I don’t try to push my luck (and I’ve always been a devoted sunscreen user). I do get slightly darker in the summer but only because I work at a day camp and spend a ton of time outside by default.

I just try to remind myself that any type of tan is your body’s way of telling you to get out of the sun because you are damaging it (yes, a tan is technically skin damage).

PS. In Asia pale skin is considered beautiful and many women use creams to lighten their skin!

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