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Member # 31736
posted 02-18-2007 10:15 PM
I've just joined track at my school. It's my 1st time trying out for track and I remeber people say being out for track will make your skin completion darker. (I guess because of being out in the sun so much.)I have a friend who's light skinned (I only see her at church so its not alot.)(This was last year), she showed up 1 sunday light skinned, and I saw her like 2 weeks later and she was literally a shade darker. We asked what happenend (cause it was REALLY noticable) and she told us it was track and her skin would "lighten up by winter". I honsetly dont know if it did, I kinda forgot about it after that sunday. I'm already dark skinned, and occationally would get picked on about it but i really, REALLY, don't wanna get darker- HELP!!!!
Member # 28346
posted 02-18-2007 10:33 PM
Well, it sounds like you're talking about tanning. The best way to prevent tanning is to wear subblock with the highest SPF you can find. Reapply however many times it says to on the bottle, because sweating can make it wash away and be way less effective, kind of like swimming.
I think the highest SPF number I've seen is 80. Also, whenever you're in the sun try to wear a wide brimmed hat and cover as much as you can with clothes.
Member # 31736
posted 02-18-2007 10:43 PM
Yeah, I think tanning is what causes it. But I'm dark skinned, would subblock still work? I mean cause it's a lotion or whatever. And my friend said her skin would lighten back up in the winter. Can that happen?
Member # 22471
posted 02-18-2007 11:20 PM
When you apply sunscreen (and it doesn't matter it's a lotion - just like a moisturizing lotion it abosrbs into your skin), it protects your skin from UV rays - it doesn't matter if you are light skinned or dark skinned, UV can still seriously damage your skin and can put you at much higher risk of getting skin cancer in the future. So, slather up, and do it every couple hours! Sunscreen is good for you, no matter your skin tone, what time of year it is and even if there are clouds in the sky!
And skin tones don't permanently change when someone gets a tan or sunburn; the layers of skin affected by the sun that become darker will eventually shuff off and one's skin tone will fade back to its original pigment color.
Member # 8067
posted 02-20-2007 09:33 AM
I'm already dark skinned, and occationally would get picked on about it but i really, REALLY, don't wanna get darker- HELP!!!! Just to add to what everyone's already said - tanning can damage your skin, but being naturally dark-skinned is fine and cool . Whether dark or light skin is "fashionable" varies between different countries and different periods of history, and it's affected by a bunch of stereotypes about class and race. There's a reason why "Black is Beautiful" was such a powerful political slogan. So, don't let any idiots picking on you get to you, and learn to love and be proud of your skin as it is .