Why would anyone ever want to tan their skin!

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    Aug 16, 2012 9:24 PM GMT
    I know lots of guys who still sit out in the sun and go to tanning salons.

    Why do people do this to their skin. The sun is what causes color irregularities and wrinkles. The strange thing is, the paler the guy is, the more he wants to sit in the sun!

    I'm not sure why people can't just love their skin tones the way they are. I find guys who are naturally pale to be significantly more attractive when they allow themselves to be pale as opposed to baking their skin with UV rays

    If a tan occurs naturally, that's fine, but to actively pursue it is madness. People might think it's sexy but I would totally take the pale guy because at least I know he wont break down when he turns 30.
  • HottJoe

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    Aug 16, 2012 9:26 PM GMT
    It's a fad with repercussions, like smoking. I think more and more people are avoiding tanning though. It looks nasty when it's overdone, or on anyone over 25.
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    Aug 16, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
    Moderation in everything... even moderation.

    Honestly I agree with you fully. I have never understood the appeal in tanning. I like going outside, jogging, swimming, climbing, and jumping all summer and if I get a bit darker so be it. I'm not going to go out of my way to lay in a tanning bed or make my skin appear darker. I'm happy with the way my skin looks.
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    Aug 16, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidIt's a fad with repercussions, like smoking. I think more and more people are avoiding tanning though. It looks nasty when it's overdone, or on anyone over 25.


    just today, a guy unlocked for me and his pic was taken inside of a closed tanning bed.

    I thought to myself "he's hot.................but not for long."
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    Aug 16, 2012 9:36 PM GMT
    Yeah, when I see deeply tanned people I think: What are you doing?! You're gonna be a wrinkled prune by the time your 40!
    One of my teachers in high school tanned a lot. He looks so much older than he actually is.
    Sometimes I wanna steal my mom's skin whitening cream.
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    Aug 16, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
    Aress saidYeah, when I see deeply tanned people I think: What are you doing?! You're gonna be a wrinkled prune by the time your 40!
    One of my teachers in high school tanned a lot. He looks so much older than he actually is.
    Sometimes I wanna steal my mom's skin whitening cream.


    THAT'S EVEN WORSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    skin whiteners age you even faster than that sun and can lead to toxic ochronosis!

    Besides, why would she need to use that? Isn't she white? icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 16, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    Because they're not a dermatologist that's why.

    OK serious answer:

    It's based on society and the view of the people in a region. It's usually an association with being rich. In cold places like North America, it means you had money to go on fabulous (tropical) vacations.

    In place where sunlight is abundant, being pale is associated with being rich (you don't work the plantations, but rather you have people serving you and stuff and you don't need to go out in the sun.

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    Aug 16, 2012 10:46 PM GMT
    People tan now for the same reason people used to work hard at NOT tanning their skin. Status.

    Back when people worked outdoors on farms, it showed how genteel you were by having white skin. It showed that you didnt have to do manual labor outdoors. But now that most people work indoors in offices, people want to have tans to show that they are so well-off that they dont have to work so much and can get outdoor, presumably enjoying themselves in relaxing outdoor activities.

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    Aug 16, 2012 11:44 PM GMT
    DEKIRUMAN said
    Aress saidYeah, when I see deeply tanned people I think: What are you doing?! You're gonna be a wrinkled prune by the time your 40!
    One of my teachers in high school tanned a lot. He looks so much older than he actually is.
    Sometimes I wanna steal my mom's skin whitening cream.


    THAT'S EVEN WORSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    skin whiteners age you even faster than that sun and can lead to toxic ochronosis!

    Besides, why would she need to use that? Isn't she white? icon_lol.gif
    If you live in AZ and have even a mild tan, you need it, or you'll you'll get pulled over for not being white enough.
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    Aug 16, 2012 11:57 PM GMT
    DEKIRUMAN said
    Aress saidYeah, when I see deeply tanned people I think: What are you doing?! You're gonna be a wrinkled prune by the time your 40!
    One of my teachers in high school tanned a lot. He looks so much older than he actually is.
    Sometimes I wanna steal my mom's skin whitening cream.


    THAT'S EVEN WORSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    skin whiteners age you even faster than that sun and can lead to toxic ochronosis!

    Besides, why would she need to use that? Isn't she white? icon_lol.gif

    It's from France, and uses citric acid and sunblock. Obviously not hydroquinone.
    She doesn't tan evenly like me, but instead gets blotchy and freckled.
    And she has a bit of melasma. The cream helps.
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    Aug 17, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
    i can't wait for everyone who tans to get all leathery and wrinkly while i sit here like a flawless pristine china doll laughing at their dumb asses.
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    Aug 17, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
    eightball saidi can't wait for everyone who tans to get all leathery and wrinkly while i sit here like a flawless pristine china doll laughing at their dumb asses.

    Ditto
  • Webster666

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    Aug 17, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    If you want to look like a sickly albino, knock yourself out.

    A tan accentuates your muscles, makes you look healthier, and makes you look more attractive. Besides, you need the vitamin C.
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    Aug 17, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidIf you want to look like a sickly albino, knock yourself out.

    A tan accentuates your muscles, makes you look healthier, and makes you look more attractive. Besides, you need the vitamin C.

    Vitamin D
    (And white skin produces it even from small amounts of sunlight.)
  • calibro

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    Aug 17, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
    DEKIRUMAN saidI know lots of guys who still sit out in the sun and go to tanning salons.

    Why do people do this to their skin. The sun is what causes color irregularities and wrinkles. The strange thing is, the paler the guy is, the more he wants to sit in the sun!

    I'm not sure why people can't just love their skin tones the way they are. I find guys who are naturally pale to be significantly more attractive when they allow themselves to be pale as opposed to baking their skin with UV rays

    If a tan occurs naturally, that's fine, but to actively pursue it is madness. People might think it's sexy but I would totally take the pale guy because at least I know he wont break down when he turns 30.


    yeah, that and skin cancer... but wrinkles, that's the big issue icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 17, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
    People want what makes them feel better, whatever the case maybe. I tan(naturally ) in the summer, not intentional. Most ppl DO conform to what society tells them( like sheep). Tanning isnt for everyone, but some ppl do look sexy as hell with a tan. I remember when ppl didnt want to be a darker complexion(still don't), this should tell you that humans want what they dont have and will NEVER be satisfied with what they got. DEKIRUMAN you luv you some white boys! Haha I figured that out
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    Aug 17, 2012 1:49 AM GMT
    GTL 4 LYFE! Fuck it!
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    Aug 17, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    Import saidGTL 4 LYFE! Fuck it!

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    Aug 17, 2012 2:16 AM GMT
    Right off the bat, you are disqualified from passing judgement with regards to the reasons why anyone should, or would want to tan, based solely on the fact that you are not fair-complected. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • FRE0

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    Aug 17, 2012 2:28 AM GMT
    I limit exposure to the sun, especially to my head. However, I see no problem with a light tan. Many things can be carried to extremes, including exposure to the sun and avoiding exposure to the sun. Advising people to avoid all exposure to the sun has increased the incidence of vitamin D deficiency.
  • waccamatt

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    Aug 17, 2012 2:33 AM GMT
    Getting a little bit of sun for the vitamin D and a little bit of color is fine - it's those that sit in the sun for hours at a time that will suffer ill effects. 20 minutes out sun (but not between 11 and 1) is good for you, but you should use a strong sun block if you'll be in the sun much longer than that.
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    Aug 17, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    italjock62 saidI don't agree with roasting in the sun like a rotisserie chicken...BUT... Getting a 2-4 hours in the natural sunlight a day is incredibly healthy for you. Not only does it boost you Vitamin D levels, which in turn produces calcium... Sunlight gives you natural endorphen boosts, which increases your seratonin levels and enhances your brain functions naturally and allows your body's immunne system to function more efficiently. Oh and all that Sublock you throw on your skin isn't good for you either... Most are made up of mineral oils which in fact clog the pores in your skin and reflect UV light instead of allowing your skin to absorb UV light.


    Where on earth did you read that 2-4 hours of sunlight a day is good for you? If you did that everyday, especially without wearing sunblock, you would be able to be sold in a Louis Vuitton store by the time you are 35. Any dermatologist will tell you that you need to wear sunscreen daily and limit exposure to the sun.
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    Aug 17, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    haha I hope that was just a typo re: Vitamin C instead of D icon_smile.gif

    As for why people tan - because ya it makes a person look healthier and therefore more attractive. I'm turbo pale under normal circumstances. So much so that when I don't have a little bit of a glow, people start telling me I look sick. And I wanna attract a husband dammit! Where is he?!?! haha I don't go to tanning beds or sit in the sun without sunscreen though. I get colour with sunscreen on and in the winter months I sometimes use a self tanning lotion... but not the cheap kind haha gayyyy icon_biggrin.gif
  • waccamatt

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    Aug 17, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    princeofnash said
    italjock62 saidI don't agree with roasting in the sun like a rotisserie chicken...BUT... Getting a 2-4 hours in the natural sunlight a day is incredibly healthy for you. Not only does it boost you Vitamin D levels, which in turn produces calcium... Sunlight gives you natural endorphen boosts, which increases your seratonin levels and enhances your brain functions naturally and allows your body's immunne system to function more efficiently. Oh and all that Sublock you throw on your skin isn't good for you either... Most are made up of mineral oils which in fact clog the pores in your skin and reflect UV light instead of allowing your skin to absorb UV light.


    Where on earth did you read that 2-4 hours of sunlight a day is good for you? If you did that everyday, especially without wearing sunblock, you would be able to be sold in a Louis Vuitton store by the time you are 35. Any dermatologist will tell you that you need to wear sunscreen daily and limit exposure to the sun.


    I know that shouldn't be funny, but it was. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 17, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    I never tanned on purpose but lived on boats, along the water, in the water, on island, friends with boats, buddy boats, Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean. Ugh. And, of course, I had to be too butch for lotions. No thanks ma, I've already got a base tan. A base tan? What the fuck did we ever think that was?

    Maybe not such a good idea. Though, frankly, my mom, who was both a boater and a sun bather who always used lots of lotion? Her skin didn't fair much better than mine. So I guess the lotions help, so the science seems to say. But I think a lot of that is genes. Mom died with hardly any wrinkles, just age spots. I'll likely age similarly. I'm not real crazy about the age spots though. I just call them my very large freckles. Aren't they cute? Ick!

    Meanwhile here in Florida we get all the vit D. we need walking out to the car. What I'll never understand are tanning beds in Florida. They've got them at my gym. It just seems somewhat redundant.