Tanning Question

  • PrinceOfKeys

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    May 29, 2015 12:31 AM GMT
    So, I have started tanning after my workouts. It feels great.

    My question is, why do I come back inside looking yellow?

    I wear sun block that has coco butter and is supposed to make you tan "better and faster".
    No matter if I lay out there for 20 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour, I come in looking yellow or off white. The lotion is brown and my skin has a light tan color.

    Is this a normal occurrence or is it a warning sign of some sort?
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    May 30, 2015 4:56 AM GMT
    I've worked in a tanning salon for about six months and there's no need to worry. The yellow pigmentation is a normal occurrence for individuals who have a white to olive skin tone. This is a common occurrence for those who tan outside as you're getting a mixture of both UVA and UVB.

    People who begin tanning, especially during the first few times, will notice a an orange tint to their skin which is a progression of yellow. Nobody will turn up brown immediately (and some never do) unless it is their natural skin pigment. As I mentioned above, those with white or olive skin tones may see a yellow tint before becoming tan which then can become brown if the skin allows it.

    Ensure that your tanning lotion has plenty of vitamins to help nourish the skin as it will dry out. If you're looking for a really nice brown colour go with something that has a bunch of bronzers, like Gilded.
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    May 30, 2015 11:01 AM GMT
    This is off topic but PLEASE read this:

    http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/indoor_tanning.htm

    I used tanning beds and booths in my 20s and early 30s and I am now starting to really notice the UV damage it caused. My dad has developed health problems from excessive UV exposure from when he was younger and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I stopped soon enough that I don't get skin cancer.

    If you really want to look tan for a special occasion, please at least consider sunless tanners or a professionally applied airbrush tan.
  • Bunjamon

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    May 30, 2015 10:09 PM GMT
    ANewChapter saidThis is off topic but PLEASE read this:

    http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/indoor_tanning.htm

    I used tanning beds and booths in my 20s and early 30s and I am now starting to really notice the UV damage it caused. My dad has developed health problems from excessive UV exposure from when he was younger and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I stopped soon enough that I don't get skin cancer.

    If you really want to look tan for a special occasion, please at least consider sunless tanners or a professionally applied airbrush tan.


    Good, sound advice. I wouldn't be caught dead on a tanning bed, and I wear SPF 15 or higher on exposed skin if I'm going to be outside for an extended period of time.
  • transient

    Posts: 198

    May 31, 2015 11:22 AM GMT
    Its also worth noting that the ingredients in both SPF lotions and tanning lotions are likely to be carcinogenic in themselves.



    Also another note - sunblock stops your skin absorbing Vitamin D.

    I dont use any of these products, just regulate my time in the sun. If I feel I'm likely to burn, I move to the shade.
  • FRE0

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    May 31, 2015 6:41 PM GMT
    It may be OK to get a light tan and have no more than moderate sun exposure, but more than that is likely to be risky.