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Old 07-22-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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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.
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:53 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Yes tanning is fashionable, but pale skinned white women still seem to have an advantage over dark skinned black women.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I'm pretty porcelain pale, and never have been into tanning...as a kid, I would burn and get sick from too much sun exposure easily, so I've never been a sun worshipper. Even with limited sun exposure, i had to have two suspicious spots removed and biopsied for cancer when i was only 14. I still have a scar from tissue removal. UV rays are not my friend. I was a teen during the first wave of the tanning salon craze in the 90s, and my very creamy, non-tanned skin set me apart and got lots of attention, because it was so different. Never had a problem with "unattractive". Now, in my thirties, my skin has aged so well from being so well-protected that I get compliments on it all the time. My number one advice for youthful skin? Don't tan it.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Astoria, NY
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I don't think pale women are unattractive, but people who are so pale that their skin is glowing and translucent, I personally don't find that attractive. Neither do I find people whose skin is so dark it's blue attractive, so it's not a race thing on my part.

I do find that white women look more attractive to me with a bit of a tan, it makes them look thinner and more "fit"...but extreme orange isn't complimentary to anyone.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:22 PM
 
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Yes, due to health issues, people just need to be happy with the skin their in. Being pale is not the same as being overweight or sloppily dressed. So I think many people, especially young women, just need to accept their paleness if that is their natural complexion.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:28 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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I have pale skin and I used to envy people who tan easily but now it doesn't bother me so much. My skin just doesn't tan, it only gets red from sunburn. I don't think white people who look very tanned are that attractive, especially if the skin has an orange-y colour. I have a cousin who looks like Dakota/Elle Fanning with creamy white skin, light blonde hair and blue eyes. She would look awful with tanned skin. It just doesn't suit everyone imo.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Yes, due to health issues, people just need to be happy with the skin their in. Being pale is not the same as being overweight or sloppily dressed. So I think many people, especially young women, just need to accept their paleness if that is their natural complexion.
Agreed...I find, in most contexts, that my natural looks are what suit me best. Pretty low maintenance and easy to just go with what I've got...I was blessed with good genes, thankfully.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Texas
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If you are skinny, pale isn't bad. Actually quite attractive/refreshing in a world full of over tanned blonde bimbos. If you could stand to lose a few pounds, having a tan can certainly make your fatness less unsightly. Fat and pale is no way to go through life (I apologize if I sound like an insensitive ass, but it's the truth).
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:42 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Pale people lying out in 40C heat all day in the sun are just dumb...
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:47 PM
 
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I think so. Pale skin is unattractive to me.
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