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Old 07-23-2012, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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It is unhealthy. I read that tanning became popular when the designer Coco Chanel came back from a winter vacation to Italy well-tanned. Before then, it was considered preferable to have pale skin, because tanned skin was related to outdoor laborers, i.e. considered low class. But when fashion trend-setter Chanel sported a tan in the middle of winter, it signaled money, travel and leisure, which were high-class things. Suddenly everyone had to have a tan. It became a fad that hasn't let up.

I dunno, it all seems a little silly, not to mention risky to the health. I figure I was born White, I'm gonna die White, so I might as well get used to being White instead of trying appear to be some sort of bizarre hybrid.
They do have spray tanning for those who either are afraid of getting cancer from traditional tanning or just don't have the time.

There's smart tanning and then there's retarded tanning. People who tan smart use sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply it throughout the tanning time. Those less intelligent don't, and often burn, which is the result of damaged skin which can lead to cancer.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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They do have spray tanning for those who either are afraid of getting cancer from traditional tanning or just don't have the time.

There's smart tanning and then there's retarded tanning. People who tan smart use sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply it throughout the tanning time. Those less intelligent don't, and often burn, which is the result of damaged skin which can lead to cancer.
Um, no. Tanned skin is, by definition, damaged skin. Not just burned skin. Tanned. Intentionally damaging your skin is a choice, I guess, but, nah, it's not an intelligent one.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Northern NH
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Just trying to understand why people risk skin cancer laying for hours in the sun, or using tanning beds. My skin is dark, so I just never understood the whole tanning thing. It just seems unhealthy.

It is pale is fine if that is the natural color of your skin. Natural dark skin is very pretty, but, I have made peace with my very pale skin
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there...
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I am pale, very light fair skin with red hair, I avoid the sun and I have never had complaints, more compliments.
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:50 PM
 
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I was at Wal Mart yesterday..and saw a woman with dead white, skin...in shorts and a bikini top. Sorry..she looked sick. Really gross. She did not look normal at all.

I have fair skin and freckles. I don't tan...I burn or freckle more...I am not "pale"..and have tanned, years ago...now I just try to maintain...that "Tan Mom" scared me from ever wanting to tan again!
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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I have fairly pale skin, which works out well because I have tattoos and the lighter the skin the more it pops. Tanning fades ink, so I don't tan. Never have.

However, my legs are translucent pale and you can see all the veins which looks really gross, so I was thinking about getting a bit of a tan just to lessen it.

Nothing extreme though.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:30 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Its wrong both ways. Describing anyone as 'ew' is just wrong.
Not to mention it makes you sound like Paris Hilton.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:36 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Um, no. Tanned skin is, by definition, damaged skin. Not just burned skin. Tanned. Intentionally damaging your skin is a choice, I guess, but, nah, it's not an intelligent one.
What about people who just tan naturally/live in a sunny clime? I never tan on purpose but I tan easily.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:49 PM
 
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I don't think so, but unfortunately most people seem to disagree.

There's nothing wrong with being pale, especially if you're naturally pale. It's better than looking like an Oompa Loompa! Lol

I'm naturally pale but since I live in a sunny area, I'm more tan but do turn pale again when I stay inside more.
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:02 PM
 
Location: where people are either too stupid to leave or too stuck to move
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I like pale skin. Then again I like vampires too so..?
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