Instead of being tan, I'm pale.

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    Apr 18, 2011 5:45 AM GMT
    Now, I have a lot of friends who stress over being tan. They're constantly going to the tanning salon, and now that the weather is warmer, they're outside tanning. I'm the complete opposite. I can't stand the thought of even slightly having a tan. Infact, If I have to do something that involves going outside, I wait till twilight or full on night. I always exercise indoors, and before going to classes in the morning I slather on SPF 50+. I always wear long sleeve shirts no matter HOW hot it is. However, that doesn't keep exposed parts of my body from tanning. I even resort to lightening creams on the areas that have been exposed to the sun. I only do that to keep my body a consistent color. All my 'muscley' friends want a good tan to go along with their 'hard bodies.' I guess I can understand that BUT I personally don't like that look for me. I have people tell me it's weird and akward for me to want to stay pale. How is it any different than wanting to be tan? If anything it's more unhealthy to tan. Is there anyone else who'd rather have fair skin than bronzed skin?...

    Disclaimer: I'm not racist, nor do I think any race is superior to another. I'm also fully aware that sunlight is rich in vitamin D...


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    This guy! It looks good on him....

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    Apr 18, 2011 5:50 AM GMT
    I would much rather be fair than ruin the collagen in my skin early on.

    I look at some guys my age, and the texture of their skin is terrible from the sun.
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    Apr 18, 2011 5:57 AM GMT
    cold saidI'm pale and, although I look healthier with a tan, I have no desire to visit a solarium or sun bake. Why is this even an issue? It sounds like you and your friends are fairly superficial.


    A little superficiality can be a good thing. Standards are a good thing.
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    Apr 18, 2011 5:58 AM GMT
    Your gay years age x7 in the sun people! I already have to lure children and steal their souls to stay young.
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    Apr 18, 2011 9:37 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidYour gay years age x7 in the sun people! I already have to lure children and steal their souls to stay young.


    People will do anything for candy

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    As for the OP I am really pale, I've tried tanning but it never seems to work. It's annoying I'd like at least a little bit of a tan.
  • Jayjames

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    Apr 18, 2011 11:36 AM GMT
    I can't tan.... 5 minutes in the sun during summer and I break out into rash.... Sometimes I get a spray on tan..... But generally I just embrace my white skin.

    Like u, I also wear long sleeves but that's because I don't wanna burn and don't want the risk of melanoma....
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    Apr 18, 2011 11:42 AM GMT
    Skin cancer runs in the family and I have never been able to acheive a tan anyway. I have pondered the thought of spray tan though...
    I put on sunscreen daily and am pale. I have no problem with it.
  • rnch

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    Apr 18, 2011 12:21 PM GMT
    cold said...It sounds like you and your friends are fairly superficial.



    pot, meet the kettle.
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    Apr 18, 2011 12:24 PM GMT
    I use SPF 70 and burn anyway.....being a Ginger has its drawbacks. I am the original "white boy"....so I go with that....icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 18, 2011 12:51 PM GMT
    I tried to tan..Instead it came out me looking like as if I wore a boob tube!icon_eek.gificon_confused.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 18, 2011 12:53 PM GMT
    I think everyone choices should be respected. I tan, I love to tan, but do it carefully with appropriate lotions added. I'm not one of those guys with a
    remarkably deep tan, I get a little color on my back and I like the look.
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    Apr 18, 2011 12:55 PM GMT
    In the 10 seconds that I took to perform a thorough and comprehensive internet search of skin-lightening creams, it seems like some of them can be pretty dangerous, no? But then again, they're probably just as dangerous as tanning all the time.

    My (educated, and obviously well-informed) advice: Wear sunscreen and accept the beauty that is your natural shade of paleness. I think I'd rather see a guy do that than purposefully lighten their skin or overly tan.
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    Apr 18, 2011 12:56 PM GMT
    Fake tans are a no-no. Solarium or spray on, you can tell it's fake and it makes somebody looks weird and vain.

    Maybe it's easy talking for me. I tan easily icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 18, 2011 12:57 PM GMT
    When I see vampires I stake them.

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    Apr 18, 2011 1:01 PM GMT
    Fail

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  • HndsmKansan

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    Apr 18, 2011 1:03 PM GMT
    Tazo995 saidFake tans are a no-no. Solarium or spray on, you can tell it's fake and it makes somebody looks weird and vain.

    Maybe it's easy talking for me. I tan easily icon_smile.gif


    I agree with that one. I like to tan, but I'd never spray on something, thats beyond odd for me.
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    Apr 18, 2011 1:06 PM GMT
    My roommate is one of those older str8 men who like to sit out at the pool tanning. I think, unless you have naturally tan/olive skin, tans look horrible.

    The barbecued body look is so 1983.
  • Timbales

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    Apr 18, 2011 1:07 PM GMT
    I embrace my milky whiteness, but I did get too much sun during my vacation.
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    Apr 18, 2011 1:14 PM GMT
    I am solar-powered!icon_cool.gif

    No sun and I'm grouchy and unmotivated. The more sun the better! icon_lol.gif

    But I'm naturally dark from Melungeon heritage. Friends say I can tan from a flashlight or the Fridge light (which I think makes it sound like I stand there long enuff stuffing my face to get tanned by it! LOL) but even so, I have to have SUN!!
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    Apr 18, 2011 1:18 PM GMT
    well I'm not obsessed about staying pale
    but I get that's what I am - as a kid people would try to taunt me because of how pale I was so I just learned to deal versus being obsessed with looking good in their eyes. I think being outdoors is good for you - not just at night but yeah if you are in the sun a lot you should put on some sunscreen if you know the sun will easily and quickly burn you. That's only smart.
    Tanning salons are a waste of money I figure - no offense to those who work at them or those obsessed with them, just my opinion.
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    Apr 18, 2011 1:55 PM GMT
    mmm to be pale or not to be pale
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    Apr 18, 2011 2:00 PM GMT
    I've never had a tan -- I either burn or stay white. There are fleeting moments when I think a tan is sexy, but overall it seriously ages you the more you do it.

    I am often confused by our belief a tan makes you look "healthier" -- it's a low-grade radiation burn. How can THAT be healthy under any circumstances?
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    Apr 18, 2011 2:05 PM GMT
    I am pale to, and I really like it.
    I am not that insecure that I go tan just so that people -maybe- find me more attractive.

    plus I wont get skincancer that fast :p
  • alphatop

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    Apr 18, 2011 2:25 PM GMT
    I don't like pale, it looks so lifeless. I am dark tanned, and LOVE sun. Also, I tan really quickly.
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    Apr 18, 2011 2:27 PM GMT
    Too much of one is never a good thing, neither is excessive tanning nor being excessviely pale.

    BTW, the guy in the modeling photoshot, it's just special effects done with lighting. See the lights shining on his face?