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26-02-2009
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Thanks miu_miu. I'm feeling better, but I'd still love to lay in a tanning bed for a couple minutes maybe once a week at my gym. I know that's so bad...but I would cover my face...well anyway I have had a spray tan and I had to have my friend come in and help me rub it in...I mean, how else are you going to make areas you cant reach to blend evenly? She blended it all over my back and shoulders and it didnt look good...I think the other hand-held spray tan machine that a pro does would come out better? I just dont want to look orange, I want to look golden. Probably will never happen.

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06-03-2009
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i never go tanning. not in the solarium and not in the sun during summer... i always have a cream with spf with me! the only thing i use is some tanning cream from bebe on my body during summer the result always looks nice so thats all for me

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04-04-2009
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I decided to go to solarium before my prom ball, just to get a bit of tan (I know all harmful effects though), because I'm pale and I'd like to look healthy. I was so wrong! I went there twice, for the first time I lay there for 5 minutes and for the second time 6 minutes. I got sunburns, my skin looks dry and "washed out", plus my skin started itching like crazy. Now I'm applying jojoba oil all the time and in the evening I'm going to use Bepanthen.
No more tanning beds for me.

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04-04-2009
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I love the way skin looks after using hawaiian tropic+Lancester in the sun then applying st tropez sunless tanning foam after showering. Its so natural and leaves u glowing, plus it lasts for ages.

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06-04-2009
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i will never ever ever tan in the sun or tanning beds again. i will stay in the shade and wear 30SPF all over my face and body every day. you're really only supposed to have 10minutes of sun a day and we all get more than that just by walking to our cars or getting the mail, etc. it all adds up!

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I would only tan on vacation like while Im swimming or lounging.
okay thats a lie. Im guilty

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06-04-2009
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I decided to go to solarium before my prom ball, just to get a bit of tan (I know all harmful effects though), because I'm pale and I'd like to look healthy. I was so wrong! I went there twice, for the first time I lay there for 5 minutes and for the second time 6 minutes. I got sunburns, my skin looks dry and "washed out", plus my skin started itching like crazy. Now I'm applying jojoba oil all the time and in the evening I'm going to use Bepanthen.
No more tanning beds for me.
Noooooooooooooo! Oh how are you feeling now?

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08-04-2009
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Better, thank you! Jojoba oil worked amazingly and I'm going to use it daily from now on instead of all these body butters or body lotions.

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09-04-2011
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I've always been religious about avoiding excessive sunlight exposure but lately I've been wanting to get a tan... I just think it makes a person so much sexier. The problem is, having been so uptight for so many years about avoiding the sun, I have trouble letting the sunrays hit my skin without feeling scared of sun damage.

I've only done the tanning bed thing twice in my life and while I liked the tan, I was so nervous in the days afterwards, scared that I'd permanently damaged my skin, I'm iffy about going down that route again. Are tanning beds more safe than tanning under natural sunlight?

How do models get tanned for photoshoots and the runway? I would think since their careers are based so much on their looks they won't want to take any chances with doing anything that could accelerate the aging process.

Does spray tanning work? What's the best way to create the most natural looking tan without compromising your skin's health?

Thanks!

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10-04-2011
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Hey! Spray tanning is completely unnecessary! All you need is a good fake tan and a glove to apply it with For gradual tanners my favourite is Dove holiday skin in medium/dark. I usually apply 2 coats and in the morning I have a nice glow. For something more intense I use Xen-Tan dark lotion which you can find fairly cheap on FeelUnique.com. The glove I recommend is a foam one you can buy from places like Boots and Superdrug in the UK around all of the fake tans. To help it last moisturise every single day! And exfoliate once it starts to fade or go patchy so you can get all of that tan off before applying a new layer.

Now, for real tanning. I'm not saying this is good OR bad so take this with a pinch of salt. I've never tanned in my life, always wore spf 50 in the sun even when I went on holiday. However, I got a bit sick of looking like a ghost, but I burn so easily! What did I do? I went on sunbeds in the winter to build a bit of a tan and get my skin used to tanning as my skin had never been exposed to UV rays long enough for melanin to change. Now it's summer and here in England we've had an insane amount of sun I sat in the sun all day yesterday and guess what? I'm so tanned it's untrue and without a hint of fake tan or redness in my skin! My skin has never looked so good.

Remember, I'm not saying that's good or bad but IMO we're supposed to be exposed to the sun and the fact I was burning so easily before isn't a good sign especially when I have dark eyes and dark hair. If you're pale and a red head I personally would avoid the sun altogether and stick to a gradual tanner.

Hope this was of some help

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I've always been religious about avoiding excessive sunlight exposure but lately I've been wanting to get a tan... I just think it makes a person so much sexier.
I hate when people say that tanned people look sexier. It's a load of bull, in my opinion. A tad bit more of self confidence would maybe help here?

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10-04-2011
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I've always been religious about avoiding excessive sunlight exposure but lately I've been wanting to get a tan... I just think it makes a person so much sexier. The problem is, having been so uptight for so many years about avoiding the sun, I have trouble letting the sunrays hit my skin without feeling scared of sun damage.
Sun damage is very real thing, UVA rays are present all year round, penetrate clouds and glass and deep into skin, down to reticular dermal layer or so. Best thing - it's cumulative, so even if you get 20 min sun expose it still adds up to total damage. Leads or horrible, horrible degeneration called aging and sows seeds for cancers.

I think the mentality that tan is beautiful/sexy is a very Western one. I've never thought of tan skin as attractive, it seems ugly to me. Deep beach tan is kinda repulsive. And that was when I was a little kid before I knew about the UV damage and cancers.

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I've only done the tanning bed thing twice in my life and while I liked the tan, I was so nervous in the days afterwards, scared that I'd permanently damaged my skin, I'm iffy about going down that route again. Are tanning beds more safe than tanning under natural sunlight?
Tanning beds are worse than natural sun. They have mostly UVA rays, those who make pigment cells turn skin dark. They are also 5-50 times more intense than real sun. Most tanning beds don't use UVB (the ones that produce vit D) rays because they create burns. UVB lamps are used mostly in medical settings to correct some conditions, but that's a different kind altogether.
Fun fact, while UVB rays produce vit D in skin, UVA rays destroy it. It's natural safeguard from prehistoric times to keep humans from overdosing vit D. If one uses tanning beds then UVA rays actually reduce vit D levels in skin and other vitamins get depleted at well, vit A and C for starters.

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How do models get tanned for photoshoots and the runway? I would think since their careers are based so much on their looks they won't want to take any chances with doing anything that could accelerate the aging process.
They are young, in their early 20s or so. Even if they bake in sun or tanning bed the effects are not that visible. Some older models (over 25 ) do have pretty damaged skin, especially male models.
Could also be that they use self-tanners or bronzers when models need to look tan.

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Does spray tanning work? What's the best way to create the most natural looking tan without compromising your skin's health?
Self-tanners and spray tan does work, it works by applying a chemical called dihydroxyacetone (DHA) among a couple others and skin's proteins undergo enzymatic oxidation reaction which creates the color. Since it's oxidative reaction it creates free radical molecules which add to skin's oxidative stresses.
2007 research by K. Jung showed that skin treated with DHA is vulnerable to UV rays 24 hours after self-tanner use. An increase of 180% in free radicals was discovered on DHA treated skin exposed to UV light.
What that means is that 24h after self-tanners sun should be avoided.

http://www.gematria-test-lab.de/pdf/...rSoeFW2008.pdf

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I personally think a little colour is nice on everyone. Not a deep tan! I like going a nice light beige which I find compliments my colourings as a whole Also, whilst the sun is damaging to the skin it cured the slight bit of eczema I had and I've had next to no spots since exposing my skin to the sun. I think it's more moderation than anything else. Too little sun exposure can cause problems too. Just ask Gwyneth Paltrow.

Also, let's face it we all look better with no clothes on when we have a tan. Pale skin is definitely gorgeous, but personally I love looking sunkissed with natural highlights in my hair.

I will agree though that a deep tan just looks unhealthy, but so does being deathly pale unless you've been blessed with flawless porcelain white skin. I think this whole mentality that "Sun exposure is the worst thing ever" is just as bad as "A deep tan is the only way you can look good." It's down to each individual. A tan has and always will be sexy, it's got nothing to do with looking better than pale skin. Pale skin is appealing in a different way.


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10-04-2011
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I can hardly agree that "tan has and always will be sexy" (not to mention that 'sexy' is rather subjective thing). Tanning in Western society became mainstream in 1940s (and before a bit in 1920s), although I still have older magazines from 30s that already have Nivea sun oil ads in them. By 1960s people started to tan en masse. At the same time there has been a steady growth in skin cancers as well. Coincidence?


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Btw, eating a healthy diet with cartenoid rich veggies also gives a nice tint to skin and adds to skin's defense against UV rays. All without a single proton damaging skin.

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Our perception of what's sexy has changed too. Pale is beautiful in a way that it looks pure and innocent. But, a tan is beautiful in a way that it looks exotic, summery and..well...sexy. I'm not saying that pale isn't sexy, but a tan to me and many others is too. It's all down to individuals like I said. If I had perfect white porcelain skin i.e Cate Blanchett then god knows I'd slather on the SPF. But, sadly, I don't and a tan not only makes me look healthier, but it improves the appearance of my skin.

What about cancers relating to Vitamin D defficiency? Or bone disorders?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5IQw...feature=relmfu

Personally I think both extremes are bad. Too much sun or a lack of decent sun exposure is bad for you. It's just everything in moderation. Plus, I find deep tans vulgar and ageing to the appearance regardless of wrinkles. For a lot of people, being too pale makes some people look ill. Don't even get me started on the number of fake tan disasters I see everyday. A little colour is flattering to a high percentage of the population.

p.s If you're worried about wrinkles, just wear sunscreen on your face and decolletage and just wear makeup or an instant tanner to even it out. It's what I do.


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