Post # 62
I have a pale irish kind of complexion complete with freckles. I won’t avoid the sun, but I do make sure I wear sunscreen and I don’t deliberately tan ever. I also wear at least SPF 15 on my face every single day. It’s not that I’m trying to be pale, it’s that I am and I want to protect my skin. So I won’t be tanning or spray tanning or anything for my wedding. I picked a dress in ivory to compliment my natural skin tone and I won’t be changing my normal look for the wedding. I want to look like me!
Post # 63
I’m with you ladies on this! In the event that I get any tan at all, it’s from naturally being outside, and only after slathering on SPF. I’ll get a bit of a glow in the summer occasionally, but I don’t actively seek it out.
I’ve just seen how bad your skin can look after tanning all the time, and I rock the pale really well so it doesn’t bother me.
The only thing that I ever worry about being too pale is my legs, and I have self tanning lotion for that, and it works just fine to even me out.
Post # 64
I’m very pale, to the point I can’t ever find makeup. I have to get the lightest shade possible foundation and it’s still too dark.
I can tan but it never sticks for more than a week. Various cancers run in my family so that makes me a bit nervous, also I would rather have nice pale skin for the next 50 years, than tan skin for the next 15.
I get a lot of compliments on my skin, even though truth be told If I could find a good at home tan lotion I’d probably use it.
Post # 65
@peterpotamus: I don’t think anyone is saying it is wrong to be tan if you are naturally! It just looks silly when naturally fair skinned ladies submit themselves to hours of sun (or tanning beds) to try to become tan!
Post # 66
i’m a lightskinned black girl – i stay out of the sun if i can because i love my color, and i liek one of the other previous posters gets tan really super easy so i hate having like 5 different shades on me.
Post # 67
I don’t and never have. I love being fair. I don’t really care for the tanned look. I can’t tan naturally, I just burn; and I would never consider tanning beds etc because of the health risks. I have used a little self-tanner or that airbrush stuff on my (pearly white haha) legs when I wear shorter dresses but that’s it.
Post # 68
i’m actuallly alergic to uv rays…be it a bed – or (obviously) i’m out in the sun for too long – i don’t tan at ALL i burn AND i get sun poisioning like no other. tried tanning as a teen, but even got sun-rashes from the tan beds! no matter what i tried, different.
i love my pale skin!
Post # 69
I have very fair skin, but tan very lightly from just being outside day-to-day. I got teased a lot when I was younger. I have never used a tanning bed, and if I lay out at the beach, it isn’t to tan, it’s to relax, and I wear 30 spf. Some guy in Key West yelled, “Smile more and get a tan!” at me. What an ass -I let him know it. Elderly people constantly tell me what lovely skin I have -white skin, black hair, blue eyes, I think it’s a nice contrast.
Post # 70
I would never dream risking looking like my mother (who has, in FH’s words, “aged like a piece of beef jerky”) at 50. I’m very proud of my pale skin!
Post # 71
@Statutory Grape: Same here! I grew up on the Texas coast. My mother is darker than me, naturally… the Choctaw blood is very apparent in her, me, not so much… so she’s naturally darker and a little reddish brown. I am WHITE white white and when I was little, freckled. As I got older, just pale with pink undertones (lots of Irish and Scottish in my ancestry)..
The thing is, my mom took me to the beach just about every weekend and I played in the sun (and burned, repeatedly) while she lounged around covered in tanning oil. This was the 70’s and 80’s, no one bothered with sunblock. When I got old enough to decline the beach trips or put sunscreen on I did, but she was always harassing me about “needing some color”.
My mom looked pretty young until around age 45 or so, and then it was like ALL the years of tanning (and smoking, drinking) caught up with her at once. NO way was I doing that to myself. I think some damage was already done though… I have darkened/reddish skin on my neck/chest and shoulders. I remember getting very bad burns there when I was younger! I’m now a sunscree-all-the-way person and hats and the whole thing… I wish my mom had realized though, when I was young, that my skin couldn’t handle what hers could!
Oh and my father had skin cancer too, on his nose, after years of outdoor stuff.
I don’t care if people don’t like my white legs and arms. So don’t look!
Post # 72
I started avoiding the sun about 4 years ago because I’m more concerned about aging now. I’ve sun-bathed a handful of times in that time…..thing is, I tan so easily and when I tan, my tan sticks for longer than most people’s. I’ve been less tan than I currently am today and I’ve also looked a sickly yellow-ish gray color at one point because I lost so much of my golden skin tone…..so Idunno how I will balance avoiding tanning but also avoid looking jaundiced :o(
Post # 73
I, like Baldor, and fair but olive-toned. My daddy is an oreo (black and white, baby) and I am actually a VERY light-skinned mixed girl. Because of that in my ancestry, I get tan super fast and it gets super dark really quickly. I also get tan lines just running errands or being outside. Sunscreen for me, all the way. The rest of my heritage is scottish/irish, both of my brothers are extremely fair-skinned like my mother. I am the only sibling that got my dads skin and crazy, curly hair.
On another note, I used to work with this girl who went to the tanning bed every, single day. She had a very addictive personality (a recovering addict) and I think that tanning was just one more thing that she got herself addicted to. Her skin was awful. She was tan to the point that her skin just looked dirty. She literally looked like she rolled around in the mud. She looked like old, dirty leather and she was only 24. It scared the crap out of me and ity made me never, ever want to be tan again.