Fake tan

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    Aug 14, 2007 10:42 AM GMT
    Swinging or minging? I think it looks really weird, but I just thought I'd get a vox pop on it. I'm decidedly pale due to our complete lack of summer, and I must admit a modicum of temptation, but seeing some of the mahogany faced gentlemen propping up the local gay bars, I'm somewhat wary
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Aug 14, 2007 3:11 PM GMT
    Minging.

    The fake tans have a certain A&F je ne sais qui quality about them. The consistency of the tan renders it obviously fake and there is something about the eyes I find unsettling when I see fake tans (they seem to pop out more).

    The fake tan has a poser surfer dude look to it as well, where I can picture the guy posing with a surf board for a summer holiday picture without having any experience surfing.

    If you want a tan, please just go outside, gather up some radiation, and let your body react to it (apply sunscreen as needed and be aware of developing moles / sunspots you have).

    Besides, in our increasingly ecologically conscious times, the real tan is the green tan (from our perpetual, clean resource, resident star).

    ^_^
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    Aug 14, 2007 3:28 PM GMT
    One of my neighbours uses tanning cream...he looks like a carrot!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Aug 14, 2007 3:41 PM GMT
    come to Phoenix, you'll brown right up. I used to be albino till I moved here :)
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    Aug 14, 2007 3:48 PM GMT
    I don't tan very much anyway, I just sort of turn a slightly warmer shade of white, but the summer's been so bad here that I'm starting to turn blue and consumptive looking. It's not good, really. Maybe I will go to Phoenix
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    Aug 14, 2007 4:08 PM GMT
    My brother, (the Prince William look-alike) well, he's white as Casper! We always thought so, till one summer we went swimming and his chest was ACTUALLY whiter than his arms/legs, which as I said, we thought was the whitest thing on earth...
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    Aug 14, 2007 4:09 PM GMT
    As short-lived as my tans are it's not worth the effort of being out baking my skin. I mean it's faded almost as soon as I come indoors. So anyway, sunblock is my friend.

    I saw a t-shirt recently that said "Pale is the new tan." I need to get one of those! Heh

    On the topic though, I noticed that they're now selling lotions that give you a tanned look. There are even three formulas-fair/light toned, medium toned and dark toned skin.

  • liftordie

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    Aug 14, 2007 4:09 PM GMT
    do not obsess over a tan. white is hot. hell i have lived in the desert for over seven years and i am the whitest white man u will ever meet! lol and my skin is the better for it. it will even thank me next month when turn 38 !!!! =)
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    Aug 14, 2007 4:13 PM GMT
    38 huh?! mazel tov!
  • liftordie

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    Aug 14, 2007 4:15 PM GMT
    oye i know!! gratsi =)
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    Aug 14, 2007 4:19 PM GMT
    I tell people I'm 35 and they say "Oh, wow, good genes or else good work" and I just smile and say thank you (I'm really 28). I figure when I'm 40 I'll tell people I'm 60...sounds like a plan to me ;)
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    Aug 14, 2007 4:54 PM GMT
    seriously i use tanning cream once in a while just so i don't look dead and it looks good. the trick is to use a good tanner (I use Loreal sublime bronze without tint) and you have to mix it in with a moisturising lotion so that it is not too strong and so you tan evenly, don't use the tanners that are already mixed with moisturisers they cast a lot and work less. I also go to the tanning salon once in a while but i personally think it does nothing i have to go in the cabine with a self tanner on and accelerators so i see a difference but i don't tan very easily nor do i burn, thats why i use cream.
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    Aug 14, 2007 4:55 PM GMT
    Maybe I shouldn't have an opinion on this (I don't tan, hehe) but whenever I see that obviously browned look it screams "FAKE" to me. It just looks bad and while I think a little color is preferable, that orange look is hard to take seriously.
  • fryblock

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    Aug 14, 2007 7:11 PM GMT
    my friend and i have had great luck keeping a tan with self tanners. but it probably worked with us because we already had a base tan. the trick is getting the right kind of self tanner.
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    Aug 14, 2007 9:29 PM GMT
    my make-up artist and esthetician friends scold me repeatedly but i pay no mind to their freakouts about tanning. i like roasting myself, it feels nice and it does have some health benefits (vitamin d production, blah blah blah). for at least 6 years i was lifeguarding every summer spending everyday in the sun. i figure the occasional 10-15 mins in a bed won't have nearly as negative an effect as the years in the sun already have. what I won't do, however, is dye my skin orange with any crap self-tanner. i'm sorry, but they all suck.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Aug 14, 2007 9:46 PM GMT
    No offence to anyone here, but fake tan looks ridiculous. It looks fake, but then I guess that is why you call it fake tan :) But saying that it maybe better than the real thing as the Irish cancer society says that the only safe tan is one out of a bottle.

    Mike
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    Aug 14, 2007 9:56 PM GMT
    does my tan look ridiculous?
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    Aug 14, 2007 10:03 PM GMT
    Skin cancer in Ireland? That sounds like almost an oxymoron, well at least to someone baking in Southern Cal. But, yes, the bottle is probably the safest way to tan.

    And no NRG, your tan doesn't look ridiculous -- honestly from the photos it could be either fake or natural, but I would said in general fake tans don't look like the real thing.
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    Aug 14, 2007 10:03 PM GMT
    I'd say it depends on the end result. People that can get away with fake tanning and not look it have my vote. People who end up looking orange aren't fooling anyone and should stop ASAP. I saw someone at a club the other month... he looked so orange he could probably glow in the dark. But then again maybe some people find orange sexy.
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    Aug 14, 2007 10:06 PM GMT
    natural is overrated
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    Aug 14, 2007 10:06 PM GMT
    Fake tans look fake and fake isn't good. If you can make it look real though, who cares?
    but it's pretty easy here to get a real tan so nobody uses the fake stuff (I'm in Lebanon rightnow).
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    Aug 14, 2007 10:13 PM GMT
    no no no - I tan from time to time, and mine doens't look fake. Now when one looks like they're auditioning for a role as an Oompah-Loompah, then yah, that's a bit over the top...but till then, fake doesn't ALWAYS look fake. That's a bit of a broad brush to paint with fellas!

    that's all
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    Aug 14, 2007 10:43 PM GMT
    A friend of mine owns a tanning studio and he insisted I sample his new "spray-on-tan" booth. It was despicable. I looked like a pumpkin with age spots for five days.

    I do use a tanning booth now and then. As long as you're not using a dye, I don't see any difference in it and spending time in the sun. It's about efficiency.

    At the last gym I belonged to, a dermatologist used to stand outside the tanning area and hand his card out to people, saying, "Please remember me in 10 years when you have cancer."
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    Aug 14, 2007 10:45 PM GMT
    can I have an artist sculpt a statue of you so I can place it in my backyard and dance around it at night w/ flaming maracas OW?
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    Aug 14, 2007 10:55 PM GMT
    I assume you are going to include the bearded dragon, or whatever that thing OW is sticking his tongue out at, in the your sculpture?

    I don't tan, I just swim at an outdoor pool -- and yes, I slather myself in sunscreen, SPF 50 before I leave home -- but still I'm browner than one of my Mexican friends who goes to a tanning salon and uses the fake spray.