Tanning Yay or Nay

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/29/2011 ( 52 moms have responded )

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Tanning booths, oils, sun exposure...all of it. I saw a rather orange women today, and couldn't help thinking she looked like an bright orange catchers mitt....

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Ez - posted on 05/29/2011

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Spray tans can look great, or they can look atrocious. Same with self tans.

As for tanning beds or sunbathing.. ABSOLUTELY NOT!! I live in the melanoma capital of the world. My own mother has just had a strange spot appear on her back that we are very worried about.

A bit of natural colour is great, and that can be achieved in Australia simply by being out and going about your daily life. There is simply no excuse for actual sunbathing here anymore.

Angela - posted on 05/31/2011

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I live in The Netherlands and we get very little sunlight through out the year! In fact many are vitamin D deficient the same goes for the UK I read half the population are vitamin D deficient.
I don't got to the beds, too expensive and no time but if I could go for about few minutes to get Vitamin D production I would in the winter instead i have to take supplements.
My doctor advised me to not wear sunscreen on my daughter or me for the first 15 minutes to get daily vitimin D, after that we put on sunscreen and enjoy the rare moments of sunshine.
(In the USA most milk is supplemented with Vit. D, but here they do not do that also I never was a big milk drinker)
When I was younger and lived in the states I loved the sun and I did the tanning bed thing....I regret it now and thank my lucky stars i did not get cancer! I definatley have sun damage! I was dumb and did not listen what can I say so I say Nay for that type of tanning. But to get healthy you need some sun, darker the skin the more you need. So yay for healthy
Fake tans I like the Jergens too, in fact I have my Mom send it to me in my USA care packages because they don't have it here, I think it has a nice color and looks natural. I never did the spray tans but the orange look is definitely yuck! BIG NAY Also the dark leather look...not so nice BIG NAY on that one too

Barbara - posted on 05/30/2011

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I can think of only a few things more idjut-like than deliberating trying to increase your rate of skin cancer (ie, tanning).

So vote me no.

Jenn - posted on 05/29/2011

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Nay. I used to love tanning, but now I know better and try to put sunscreen on. Note the term "try" - I usually remember the kids and forget myself half of the time.

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Lol. My arms a nicely tanned just from sun exposure and wearing t-shirts 90% of the time the rest of me is a pasty white and i hate it. I would never in a million years bother with any sort of tanning because most end up looking like shyte! I'll stick with my 2 toned body.

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ME - posted on 06/01/2011

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NAY NAY NAY!!! Never! I've never been in a tanning bed and the few times I've failed to apply sufficient sunscreen I wind up miserable. I don't and won't ever do any of it...I'm a pale Irish/German girl, and I'm not trying to hide it...

Jenn - posted on 06/01/2011

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I know, right?!? I love it and have been randomly using lines from it as quotes for my FB status updates. ;)

Tiffany - posted on 05/31/2011

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Tanning booths..No. Oils...sure. Sun exposure...keep it covered if out for long amounts of time.

Amy - posted on 05/31/2011

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I feel bad for some of the women who do tanning booths. There was a very nice girl I knew but everyone called her leather boot face because her skin seriously looked like leather. It can't be good for you. I'm not against being in real sunshine as in...it's part of life. Go out, hang the laundry, weed the garden and all that. But I'm not for sitting hours in any form of "tanning" for the sake of beauty. It can just not be healthy - I know so many who got skin cancer for the sake of beauty. They didn't think it was worth it.

Jenn - posted on 05/31/2011

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OK - just a reminder - don't forget when you're out all day long to REAPPLY sunscreen, and that includes you not just the kids. I took the kids to the beach yesterday and we all put on sunscreen before we left. After a while I put more on the kids and forgot myself. I got burnt so bad on my shoulders/back that it hurt to lay down in bed last night. :(

Angela - posted on 05/31/2011

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@cathy I suspect you Brits are like us Dutch when the sun is out we go out and enjoy it!!! It is not often, and I usually only need sunscreen while on holiday :)

Joanna - posted on 05/30/2011

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I used to do 5 minutes in a tanning bed 2-3 times a week. It was when I was 19 working as a stripper. I am so pale I'm almost see-through, so it helped my confidence. I really enjoyed it. But my best stripper friend is a self-proclaimed tanorexic. She'd go 15 minutes 1-2 times a day. And her skin was awful then. Now, 6 years later, she's 25 but her skin looks 70. It's gross. So that's why I stopped.

Now I embrace my paleness in all it's glory :)

Kate CP - posted on 05/30/2011

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I use SPF30 and I *still* get tanned/burnt if I'm out in the sun too long. Ahhh...gotta love living 10 feet from the surface of the fucking sun. Blah. I hate Texas. :P

Casey - posted on 05/30/2011

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Absolutely no to tanning booths (those things should be illegal) and I personally would want to expose myself to to much sun just to get a good tan, spray tans are the way to go or I really like the creams that you can get that gradually build up a tan over time (they don't look so orange and look a bit more realistic) I know johnsons and dove both make a good tanning moisturiser.

Rosie - posted on 05/30/2011

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i refuse to set foot in a tanning booth again. last time i went was when i was preparing to look smokin hot for my wedding almost 8 years ago. outside? well, i don't purposely go outside and tan, but if i get one yay for me!! i do put sunscreen on if i know i'm going to be outside for a considerable amount of time, but other than that, i don't fuss with it too much.

Sherri - posted on 05/30/2011

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I don't purposely tan but if I am at the beach or outside and get tanned well yay me!! We only use sunscreen if we knowingly will be in the sun for hours but for everyday use hardly ever. My hubby, middle and youngest will wear baseball hats but only because they like them. My oldest and myself not happening.

Jenny - posted on 05/30/2011

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I used tanning beds once to try to get a base tan years ago. Never again. I don't purposely tan and use oils and stuff but I don't avoid the sun much either.

I have olive skin (a mix of German, Russian and Mexican heritage), it is very difficult for me to get a tan and I don't burn. We wear hats and stay in partly shaded areas but if out in direct sun will use sunscreen. Everything in moderation.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/30/2011

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I don't avoid the outside - just sans sunscreen. Works a treat. Unless I forget my hat apparently. But I don't change colour in the summer and I'm outside all the time. We just don't leave the house without putting on sunscreen and then we carry it wherever we go. No choice when you are a Burny McGee. There will no moderate tanning for me.

Lady Heather - posted on 05/30/2011

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I burn super fast like that too. Went out for a few minutes without a hat the other day. I had sunscreen everywhere, but nothing on the top of my head. I had a burn running down my part in no time. Terrible. I need that spray stuff I guess. Or I could just remember to put my freaking hat on.

rofl at the dog's asshole. I went to look at a gym with my SIL. The woman showing us around was all "And a really great bonus here is that you have free unlimited tanning." So SIL says "Yeah. that's great if you want to look like a wrinkly old hag." And the woman says "I tan all the time. Do I look like a wrinkly old hag?" SIL: "Give it time." Ahahahaha. I love her.

Ashley - posted on 05/30/2011

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I can understand saying smoking in moderation is just as unhealthy as smoking in general but you can't completely avoid the sun.. This is coming from someone who lives on an island surrounded by a beach.. I lather my daughter in sunscreen and I usually go without but I don't bake in the sun. I just enjoy outdoor activities.

There just are certain things you can't really avoid. I know breathing in the air in my location is just as unhealthy as smoking and causes just as many health problems.. Tis the downfall of living in a small area with a container and mill located next to each other.

Becky - posted on 05/30/2011

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I can't tan. I'm a fair skinned, freckled, blue-eyed redhead. I burn. To a crisp. In a matter of minutes if it's hot. I'll probably have skin cancer before I'm 45.
So nope, never tried a tanning booth. Must admit, I'm not always as careful in the sun as I should be (thus the reason I'll probably end up with skin cancer.) I'm paranoid about it with my boys though!

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I can't think of tanning in moderation without thinking that smoking in moderation isn't really so bad either. X-(

Ashley - posted on 05/30/2011

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In moderation! I don't get how some people get so tan their skin looks like leather. Yucky!

Too much tanning can be fatal as well. I had a cousin die from skin cancer from tanning too much.. and a lady I work with now had skin cancer from tanning with baby oil.

So I guess tan at your own risk?

Lady Heather - posted on 05/30/2011

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nay nay nay nay

My grandmother died of melanoma so this is an easy answer for me. Spray tans aren't terrible if they achieve a natural look, but the chemicals in that are probably almost as scary as sunburns. I just stay white.

Krista - posted on 05/30/2011

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I'm definitely anti-tanning. I've made the mistake in the past of going to tanning beds (all that happened was that I got freckled, and my nipples turned brown -- not exactly the results I wanted!). So now I use SPF 1Billion, and just use a shimmer lotion to take the edge off of my fish-belly paleness. I've seen too many women who have tanned all their lives, and they look like Keith Richards' scrotum by the time they're 45.

Jenni - posted on 05/30/2011

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The spray tans you get at the salon are awesome! They look completely natural (no orange glow) and you go about 4-5 shades darker. They fade instead of flake. They are expensive to keep up though. I think they're around $30-$40 and you probably have to get one done once a week to maintain. They're better for a one time event like a wedding or vacation.

Nikki - posted on 05/30/2011

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I am pale, I have never felt the need to get a tan. I prefer pale skin to wrinkles, leathery skin and skin cancer.

Some fake tans are so funny, I always feel the need to sing the oompa loompa song when I see one.

Jenni - posted on 05/30/2011

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I used tanning salons for a few years for my job. I was never hardcore. I'm very Northern European pale. So I would usually only go 3 shades darker. Then I discovered spray tans in the salon, so I mostly stuck to those.



My husband is big time into tanning outside. Always has been. He'll lay out in the sun for hours. I use to with him until I started having kids. I was the darkest I've ever been when I started dating him. Mix that with our love of outdoors and I always had a sun glow to me.



Yeah, now since I've had kids and lost my figure. I don't spend much time in a bikini. I wind up with a farmer tan (like I currently own) just from spending tons of time outdoors. I religiously use sunblock now but usually only apply it to the areas I burn; like face, shoulders and chest.

Jodi - posted on 05/30/2011

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**trying to picture Jaime as a dogs asshole and failing miserably because I keep cracking up with laughter....**

Kate CP - posted on 05/29/2011

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Imma sound like a horse here: nay nay nay nay nay!

I would rather be pale, soft, smooth and cancer free than wrinkly, tough, and brown with melanomas. No...no thank you. I'm happily pasty.

Jaime - posted on 05/29/2011

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Deliberately exposing your skin to harmful UVA/UVB rays continuously...not for me. I didn't always take such care with my skin, but in recent years and particularly now that I'm a mom, I notice the affects the sun has...not just on skin, but on your entire body (heat stroke, exhaustion). It's important to understand the risk before getting involved with tanning...but in 30 years, if you've dodged the cancer bullet, you likely won't dodge the skin damage. I don't want to look like a dog's asshole when I'm 60.

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I couldn't tan if I tried. And most tans look pretty crappy in my opinion. I have friends that own a spray tanner and they always have a very...strange...color about them. I don't get it either.

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My very close friend's mom used to tan a LOT on purpose. Her skin looks pretty bad yet both her daughters still tan on purpose (though not as often as they did as teenagers)... so does she. I don't get it.



I don't mind being white though I don't like my darker 'farmer's tan' arms (since I never wore a tank top and now I'm too self conscious to) and whitey white legs. I have weird tan lines and THAT annoys me.... Oh well. ;)

Sneaky - posted on 05/29/2011

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I have seen so many teenage girls, like 16 or 17, who are brown and have wrinkles on their faces! I so do NOT get it. GROSS! (as any 16 year old would say).

I also saw an add on TV last for some show 'my secret addiction' (or something like that) and the chick was saying (about her tanning bed addiction), "yeah, i know it causes cancer but at least I am going to die looking hot" and my thought was "yeah, until you have big holes in your face and body that need skin grafts because the cancers have been cut out - that'll look f'ing 'hot' won't it?".

Idiots. I do NOT understand it.

Jodi - posted on 05/29/2011

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Marina, I'm not suggesting never go out in the sun. I think we all end up a touch darker in the summer, just from every day life. It can't be helped. But that's a different thing to deliberately tanning or being irresponsible about it. And it simply IS irresponsible where I live to sit out in the sun with the purpose of getting a tan, or knowing you will be outside for a long period of time and not using sunscreen.

Bonnie - posted on 05/29/2011

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Tanning beds...No, Sitting out in the sun for 2 hours or more to purposely get burned...No, Hanging out outside mowing the lawn or having a BBQ....sure

Alyssa - posted on 05/29/2011

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I have family memebers who go to the beach regularly to tan and i must say they look WAY WORSE than any orange fake tan. I like my skin wrinkle and cancer free...thankyou!

I live in a very hot climate and use a gradual self tanning moisturiser with spf 15 in it. That way I get a bit of colour and sun protection.

I agree with Erin...there is no excuse for deliberate sun tanning in Australia especially

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/29/2011

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Jodi, I like a healthy glow in the summer time that says I don't spend the day cooped up inside. I don't like the leather or orange looke. In the winter, I like my pale skin against my dark hair and eyes.

Jodi - posted on 05/29/2011

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I can't see why we all can't just embrace the colour we were born with. I have a very pale complexion. Life on its own will sun damage the skin, why invite it? I have a father who has had melanoma. Why would I go out and tan in the sun or on a tanning bed. No thank you. And I believe that by using fake tan, or getting a spray tan, aren't I just contributing to the myth that white/pale cannot be beautiful and is not healthy? If only society could accept this, then women would feel less pressured to go out and soak up some skin cancer.



In a place like Australia, you'd have to be brain dead to go out and bake in the sun and not expect there to be repercussions. It isn't healthy, pure and simple.

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I think tanning on purpose is silly and causes skin cancer just as much as smoking causes lung cancer. Yet it's socially acceptable because tanned skin is the fashion these days. And as such, health concerns go right out the window.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/29/2011

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Oh my gosh Erin, I hope everything turns out ok for your mother! How scary.

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Not a fan of fake tans and I don't go in the sun much at all.

My kids are quite tan, but they go to the beach quite frequently (and are in the water most of the time) so it's not realisticly avoidable. I am very white, but if I'm in the sun more than about 20-30 minutes.... I get a massive headache that I can't get rid of for about a day. :(

Mrs. - posted on 05/29/2011

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I'm not sure I have ever seen anyone with a good spray tan. They all look like they have skin the colour of prison jumpers. Horrible.



I have, in the middle of winter, if I am depressed, go for a sunbed lay. It will always be with a ton of sunblock and for a short period of time...just to feel the fake sun on my skin. It tends to lift my mood.



Otherwise, it is my belief, if you are leading a healthy, active life...generally...in the summer you will get enough sun to look good. I always wear sunblock, but I get out there, exercise and play with my daughter. There's no need to work on a tan or a healthy glow if you are really healthy.

Charlie - posted on 05/29/2011

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OMG there were so many fake tanners in my old suburb that looked like they had been rolling in a bag of cheeto's WTF can they not see themselves ???


As for sun tanning and solariums NO ,NO , NO that is stupid .

Some fake tans look good if they are gradually built though.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/29/2011

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I have a family reunion coming up in a couple of weeks, I am gonna get the Jergins tannning lotion to help my whiter than white legs...but I won't go to a tanning booth....and I do not go out to the beach without sun block on;. I agree on the sunkist look, but the legs take me forever.

Katie - posted on 05/29/2011

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yes if sunkissed,but not extreme tanning. i like the odd spray tan if i'm going to a function or event,but on an ongoing basis,i'd say no.

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