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Old 07-09-2012, 11:23 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Side point: People who have darker skin tend to not get enough vitamin D, no matter how much sun they get or how much they lie on a tanning bed. It's critical that everyone gets enough vitamin D.

this is very true.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Side point: People who have darker skin tend to not get enough vitamin D, no matter how much sun they get or how much they lie on a tanning bed. It's critical that everyone gets enough vitamin D.
Yup. I was really deficient and had to do the mega dose for a few months. Now I dipole meant 2000 iu daily at the recommendation of my doctor.
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:44 PM
 
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I know it's a weird thread title and I don't know how to describe what I'm looking for, but I'm a woman with a light caramel complexion. I want to even out my skin tone. Right now my legs seems somewhat paler and splotchy, and I want to get them to an even pretty skin tone. I want to basically correct blemishes and tone everything out. I'd also like to try the technique of "sculpting" my body via tanning(I've read that some white women are able to spray tan to get a sculpted toned look). So with that all that being said, I don't know ANY woman of color that tans, albeit a cousin of mine who lives in a different state--she's very light and goes to tanning booths. I don't want to get that type of UV damage, and definitely too hot here down south to be sitting in the sun(also not safe either). So I'm looking for sunless tanners that would work well with my skin tone and techniques that I could use to sculpt my legs with the tanner? Has any woman(of color) tried this? And if so what products did you use?

Thanks
As far as the jergens I think the lightest and the darkest look the least orange. I would start with the lightest and exchange it or just use it as lotion if it doesn't show color change.

Know though that DHA is also damaging to the DNA as overexposure to UV. It is not approved for aerosol use. Just creams but they also have shown to alter the DNA.

Do you take any vitamins?
A vitamin geared towards healthy skin can help even out your complexion. Sometimes the blotchy issue can be caused by a nutritional imbalance.

I second the walking tip. Its good for your skin's health to get the circulation up. A 15 minute walk will not overexpose your skin to the sun. Darker skinned people usually need up to 30 minutes and you have to have a "bathing suit" level of exposure to really be getting the recommended dose for vitamin D.
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Old 07-09-2012, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Yup. I was really deficient and had to do the mega dose for a few months. Now I dipole meant 2000 iu daily at the recommendation of my doctor.
Yeah, the first time I discovered the need for vitamin D, I started taking 2000 a day, split into two dosages. I didn't get enough of the stuff from the sun, though I used to when I worked on the farm. Back then I got too much sun, and it shows.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:08 PM
 
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What happens if you don't get vitamin D? What foods is in, or is it just the sun?
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Old 07-10-2012, 05:36 AM
 
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What happens if you don't get vitamin D? What foods is in, or is it just the sun?

Very little in foods.But a link with all those answers:

Vitamin D — QuickFacts

Basically you need it. Its an essential nutrient.

I personally would not take a supplement before getting a blood test done. You can take too much vitamin D in that form. It won't happen with sun exposure and is less likely to happen with food.

Food suggestions:
A List Of Foods That Contain Vitamin D | LIVESTRONG.COM

Foods highest in Vitamin D
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Old 07-12-2012, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Good post. I like to drink Silk, but that's not gonna help too much. The stuff I get in Vitamin form is Nature Made, Super D3 complex.
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