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Old 12-30-2013, 10:19 AM
 
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I was a teenager in the late 70's and I took a lot of grief for my pale skin, red hair and green eyes. I can burn in no time at all and I stuck out like a sore thumb, but I have to admit I would look weird with a tan. People did not have concerns about skin cancer back then so they always told me I needed to try to tan because I was too pale. I used to envy black women because I thought their skin looked great and you could see their muscle definition much better than mine. Plus, they didn't have to slather on 2 gallons of sun screen to play sports. The grass is always greener......
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:29 AM
 
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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.

I don't really care what's in fashion ... I'm kinda to my skin, take very good care of it, yes I'm fair, I never sunbath...
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:40 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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I used to be a little sad that I was naturally pale…until I saw what some women look like in their 30s and 40s who tanned all the time in their 20s. NO thank you
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Old 12-30-2013, 02:10 PM
 
Location: The #1 sunshine state, Arizona.
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Nothing uglier than seeing someone in the middle of Summer with a pale bar room pallor, sporting bad tattoos.
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:50 PM
 
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Nothing uglier than seeing someone in the middle of Summer with a pale bar room pallor, sporting bad tattoos.
Except for the leathery sun-worshippers.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:17 PM
 
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Meh. I'm extremely pale, to the point where people commented on it all my life. I burn rather than tan and I have a lot of moles which makes being in the sun even riskier. I also have dark hair and eyes so the contrast is even more visible. It used to bother me in my teens, however now at 30 I'm perfectly fine with my porcelain complexion and as many here said, I look a lot younger than a lot of tanning-bed-lover friends. Personally, I think a light tan does look more attractive and it makes you look slimmer and firmer, and I would love to have a tan on my body, legs especially, if there was a safe easy way to achieve it. However, risking skin cancer is completely not worth that to me. I try to stay away from the sun as much as possible and wear sunscreen, especially after moving down to California. If I'm going out in a summer dress, I'll use a bronzer on my legs and that's it; I care a lot about appearance, but literally putting your life at risk for some perceived attractiveness factor is just stupid.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:11 AM
 
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Depends on the persons other features I think. Those who are meant to stay out of the sun typically look better pale. Those who are able to handle some sun will look better with a tan. Red haired folks usually look better with creamy white skin. Blondes look kinda goofy with a dark tan.

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Old 01-02-2014, 03:36 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I think texture matters more than color itself.

There is milky/porcelain (attractive), and then there is splotchy/rash/ruddy (unattractive).
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Old 01-02-2014, 03:47 PM
 
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I actually find pale skinned women VERY attractive.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:04 PM
 
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Some people think so, I am very pale and people have called me vampire and say I should tan. My husband is pale too but I am still paler than him, like milk white. I am also 26 and people still think I am a young teen and younger people I know who tan look older than me.
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