Are you proudly pale?

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    Oct 18, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
    How many of you who are very pale avoid tanning in spite of all social advantages of being tanned? How do you cope? Do you feel enraged when someone tells you to get a tan? Do you use warmer color settings in your pictures to conceal your true skin color?

    Were you once pale and you decided to tan? Do you do this in spite of premature aging? What advantages did it bring to you? Is it worth the damage?
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    Oct 19, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    I avoid the sun like the plague, never sunbathe, I wear spf 50 + every time I leave the house. It may make me look like Dracula but it also means that my skin looks great for my age, I don't have one line on my face whereas people I know who are the same age have forehead wrinkles etc.

    Never seen the appeal of tanning, give me a natural non baked skin tone any day.
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    Oct 19, 2011 12:13 AM GMT
    I work outside 6 days a week and I'm still pale.....not proud but used to it...you know like being gay...just who I am.
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    Oct 19, 2011 12:16 AM GMT
    Just be careful if you decide to experiment with spray tanning. I tried it 10 years ago when it first came out and I haven't been the same since. Temporary my ass....
  • Syphon

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    Oct 19, 2011 12:20 AM GMT
    I love being pale, it's attractive and keeps my skin healthy.

    While I'm not nearly as anal about avoiding the sun as I was in my goth days, I still slather on the spf 60 when I expect to be in the sun for extended periods.
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    Oct 19, 2011 12:21 AM GMT
    Depends on my mood. icon_smile.gif

  • Oct 19, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    I'm as pale as it gets, and don't feel any pressure to get tanned. Not proud of it, it's just the way my skin is. I tried to get tanned when I was younger, and would always get burnt, get red, and then turn pale again - no tan would stay on me! So I figured I'd just leave my skin alone. Plus, avoiding sunbathing reduces my chances to get skin cancer.
  • waltex

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    Oct 19, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    it is important to not overexpose yourself to the sun.

    Sun damage is the leading cause for premature skin damage.

    I sat in the sun for years and now I regret it . . .
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    Oct 19, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    im white as they come. Just hate it during winter when my face gets all rosy
  • KissTheSky

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    Oct 19, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    When I was growing up in Florida, practically every middle-aged person I knew had sun-damaged skin to some extent. It's not pretty.
    I had a boss who came in every Monday after spending the whole weekend out on the golf course -- and his face looked like someone had set it on fire. Every weekend! (He got some kind of cancer and died in his early 60s)
    I think natural, healthy non-tanned skin is very attractive and feels good too.
    And the orange spray-on stuff... yuk!

    I knew I loved white skin when I saw Sean Penn skinny-dipping in one of his first movies "Racing With the Moon." Go Sean! icon_biggrin.gif

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  • barriehomeboy

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    Oct 19, 2011 12:49 AM GMT
    Watch The Twilight Saga. Some pale people are gifted and sparkle in the sunlight.
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    Oct 19, 2011 12:55 AM GMT
    I used to want to be dark, but now my views on tanning have changed. I say go tanning about once a week (if you have olive skin to begin with) to get a healthy glow. You don't want to go more than twice a week though because it won't look natural, it'll cause wrinkles, and your chances of getting skin cancer will go up. If you have fair skin, don't bother going tanning at all because your skin will burn and you'll eventually get skin cancer. They say that the sun in moderation is actually good for the skin so I say go for it if you have olive skin. You just have to know when to stop.
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    Oct 19, 2011 12:59 AM GMT
    bachian saidHow many of you who are very pale avoid tanning in spite of all social advantages of being tanned? How do you cope? Do you feel enraged when someone tells you to get a tan?


    My genetics cause me to be pale by default, but I love how I look when I do get some color; my hair lightens and skin darkens giving me that "surfer" look.

    However, like most things, I expose my skin to the sun in moderation. Limited amounts of sunlight are beneficial, but also I like to preserve my skin so I don't look like a withered piece of leather.

    I used to get irked when people tell me I "need to get a tan". Now when I hear those comments, it barely registers a reaction because I know that being pale means my skin is healthy and I won't need to resort to cosmetic surgery in order to look closer to my actual age.

    I'm happy with how I look, pale and all, so the last thing I need to do is to cave into the latest social pressure or fad to make myself "feel better".
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    Oct 19, 2011 1:40 AM GMT
    I really appreciate the men who stay out of the sun. (Yeah, sexy San Franciscans, I'm talking to you ;-D) There is something very refreshing and stimulating about physically fit men who rock their milky complexions proudly....Although there are a few tanned men out there who are extremely nuclear.
  • SFjock

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    Oct 19, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    i'm absolutely proud of being pale. makes my tattoos more noticeable icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 19, 2011 1:49 AM GMT
    Thank you for all your comments!

    I feel good in my own skin too, no problems as far as self-esteem!

    It happens that people won't like you just because you like yourself. Pale has it admirers, but it's not exactly popular. It has many outspoken detractors. It gets in the way of your socialization in many places. Don't think you can go to a beach in Rio looking ghostly pale without having someone pointing fingers at you. People may treat you like a freak. It's hard being social and flirty when you're deffensive. You don't want yet another thing to reduce an already small dating pool. Perhaps this is why most people don't think twice before tanning: it's an easy, effortless device they use to become more socially acceptable and attractive.

    It sucks having to choose between skin damage and social damage.
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    Oct 19, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    I live in Florida and use sunscreen daily rain or shine so I'm pale compared to a lot of the people here. This weekend though, I forgot to put it on and then was outside a couple of hours. A buddy I got together with on Sunday mentioned how much better I looked with a bit of a tan. I'll take being pale over sun damage and skin cancer though so I guess I'll be going back to my usual pasty look! icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 19, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    whateveryo saidI avoid the sun like the plague, never sunbathe, I wear spf 50 + every time I leave the house. It may make me look like Dracula but it also means that my skin looks great for my age, I don't have one line on my face whereas people I know who are the same age have forehead wrinkles etc.

    Never seen the appeal of tanning, give me a natural non baked skin tone any day.


    The a-peel of tanning - get it? hahahahahahahaha

    Wear a lot of yellow shirts.
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:07 AM GMT
    I'm a huge fan of clothing that has built-in sunblock characteristics. Then you don't have to mess around with lotions.

    Being part Irish/Scott, grew up assuming the sun and I don't get along. It has paid off. Would have paid even better if I used more moisturizer on my face, probably.

    Last year was the last of 14 years in San Diego. Figured I was getting enough sun just driving to work.

    Seattle can go for an entire winter and have fewer than two weeks total of sunny days. Led to me figuring out my German ancestry seems to give me a skin color that appears tan even after months of no sun. But, it didn't do squat for my Vitamin-D deficiency that was leading to muscle cramps.

    It was alarming when the sun started to shine in Seattle on a regular basis to see people of all ages burned to the point of being miserable. The only time in recent years I've let myself burn to the point of feeling it, my car broke down and had to walk a couple of miles. Now, I keep sunscreen under the car seat.

    That one got donated to a "sign twirler" in front of a matress store in Seattle who was clearly unprepared for the clear sunny day going on back in May.

    (yikes!)

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    Oct 19, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    being here wont make me need to do the tan thing ... cuz am already tanned !
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:34 AM GMT
    I love pale-pasty guys....keep up the good work.
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:49 AM GMT
    I'm not Caucasian, but if I don't put on lotion I could be casted for Twilight. Especially in winter icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 19, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    I am pale right now but I am not proud of it. Getting spray tanned this weekend please and thank you, because I don't want to start looking like a piece of beef jerky.
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    Oct 19, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
    I prefer "fair-skinned" haha. Kidding, I'm actually super proud of being pale. Though, it's most likely because the extremely tan look creeps me out. I own it also because I'm attracted to it.
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    Oct 19, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    running11 saidI am pale right now but I am not proud of it. Getting spray tanned this weekend please and thank you, because I don't want to start looking like a piece of beef jerky.


    Your fake tan looks great, I would've never guessed it was fake.