Just curious. Do you guys know how high the odds are getting skin cancer from tanning beds?! I am the kind of person that will tan for like 3 days in a row, and then not go for like another month. I can hold my tans pretty darn well..LoL
I've never went to the beach for the sole purpose of sun bathing until this past summer. My boyfriend is Irish and his coloring is more pink than white . He was determined to be bronzed this summer (I told him that muscle definition and a tan complexion just wasn't an Irish thing but he thinks he's special ) So guess who he dragged to the beach with him every other day in his attempts to become Adonis? Me!
So there I am on the beach slathered with SPF 30 sunblock while TJ's next to me looking more like a baked lobster with every minute that passes. By the end of the afternoon, I'm 8 shades darker even though I've reapplied sunblock 3 times and well, TJ's a deeper shade of pink.
It's the end of the summer and I guess you can say TJ's succeeded... if you put him under orange light and squint really hard, he almost looks tan. Nah, he's finally got some color and he's quite proud of himself. I, on the other hand, have the whitest boobs and butt I've ever seen . That whole color contrast thing is horrible. People compliment me on my tan often but jeez, if they ever saw me naked, they would roll over and laugh like my boyfriend does every time.
Next destination: Nude beaches .
[This message has been edited by SlowCookie (edited September 04, 2000).]
Obviously, how badly sun or UV rays will damage your skin is going to be partly hereditary, but honestly, I just don't think it's worth it.
Interestingly, if you look at the history of tanned skin, you'll find that it has only been in fashion since the 1920's, when Coco Chanel dared to get tan playing tennis in the South of France and then returned to Paris looking -- or so people thought -- like a field hand, because she was so tan. It was a huge scandal.
But of course, she was also Coco Chanel, and it became fashionable to be tan, because in a world where most poor people were going to work in factories (and thus not getting tans), only people with enough leisure time to go outside and play around in the sun were going to get tans. Before the 1920s-1930's (and even today in many parts of the world), having a tan meant you were a poor farm worker who had to spend many hours a day doing backbreaking work under the hot sun... and not too surprisingly, pale skin that showed no sign of having seen the sun was associated with refinement and wealth. Even now, a creamy complexion is still considered elegant and beautiful, and many of the most beautiful women I know avoid the sun altogether because it will *damage* your skin and make it look older than it is even if there is no cancer-causing damage.
Just something to think about.
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I'm half Hispanic and so I have a sort of natural olivey thing going on. I used to get real dark.
I think I like the way tanning looks on other people, but as Hanne said, I can't look at it without thinking of death. I think when we know so much about skin cancer's relation to tanning, it's absurd to think we would want to expose our skin to UV rays.
So as a result, my skin is VERY light *screen tan!* and I like it that way. ;]
"There's only now, there's only this/Forget regret or life is yours to miss/No other road, no other way/No day but today..."~"Mimi" in "Another Day," from RENT, by Jonathan Larson
My mom is a sunscreen advocate. Everytime I get a "bad sunburn" (hint hint, a bad sunburn means my cheekbones are a little pink) she reminds me of how I'll be an old wrinkly hag.
But, as my mom says, "I'll love you even if you are an old wrinkly hag".
PS: even when I get a tan in the summers, you can barely tell I have tan lines...
Anyway, tanning makes your skin all leathery and rought. And the ultraviolet light freaks out your DNA atom by atom, leading to mistakes, which lead to cancer. no one likes cancer. tanned people on tv are sprayed with sunless spray.
i think you're special ... and i don't mean that in a short bus kind of way
Guess I got hit hard with all the sun tan warnings that came out when I was a kiddie. ;p
Hung like... something that is hung!
I'm half irish and half scottish... and very light skinned. I think there is nothing wrong with being pale... I think it's beautiful - and hell, you'll still have beautiful skin when your 50 or so... who wants to look like an aligator? And why risk getting a nasty rash? ...ickies.
Dude, just smile and pass the zen margaritas...
and her name is Charlize Theron.
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