View Full Version : how often do you tan?

07-09-2008, 04:09 AM
most of my friends are white, and they love to sit out in the sun and tan tan tan! as for me, i go out for ten minutes and come back lookin rather toasted, so i don't feel the need to sit out all day.

how about you?

07-09-2008, 01:09 PM
I'm Asian so we don't really need to go out and get tanned. Though, we still bask in the sun and enjoy swimming and other outdoor activities which causes our skin to darken or become a bit reddish. It is not advisable to get tanned though especially because the sun's rays are a bit more harmful now compared to 10 or 20 years ago.

07-09-2008, 04:31 PM
I find that just going outside for walks and other activities has given me a really healthy tan this year. I really do need to start using suntan lotion but it feels so thick and greasy to me... Any suggestions on that?

07-09-2008, 04:45 PM
I do not tan for tanning sake; rather it is a by-product of them going to the beach or spending some time in the sun.

07-09-2008, 04:58 PM
I don't need to do tanning since I am already tan :D But I if my skin is not tan, I would leave it that way. Sometimes tanning can cause skin cancer, now that is a bigger problem!

07-09-2008, 10:03 PM
most of my friends are white, and they love to sit out in the sun and tan tan tan! as for me, i go out for ten minutes and come back lookin rather toasted, so i don't feel the need to sit out all day.

how about you?

I get a natural tan when I go out for work or my classes..:h6:

I have never tried the tanning under sun as such because my skin gets burnt instead. I, however, have tried some tanning lotions on and off for some beach parties.:p

07-10-2008, 03:32 AM
I have been told by my doctor to avoid tanning or burning especially as I have some splotchy areas right below my collar bone. I have watched this and there have not been any changes but I am concerned about skin cancer since I was told this.

07-10-2008, 04:33 AM
for those who asked about tanning lotions, if you're talking about getting that 'fake bake' use spray tans! it saves you the sun exposure and still gets you the color that you want.

07-10-2008, 05:27 AM
I am thankful that I don't burn easily. I do get red sometimes but not burnt. And that red is just from going out and doing things. As for the suntan lotion... I was meaning the regular stuff, not the fake bake, to keep you from even getting red, let alone burnt.

07-11-2008, 07:01 AM
There are the spray on tans but I have seen a lot of those that looked horrible and the person spent a lot of $$$ getting it done in a professional setting. Fake Bake is a lotion system that you can buy at the salon and the tan looks natural and is very quick and easy to do.

11-15-2008, 07:38 PM
If you want to risk skin cancer, age spots and a leather texture when your older then tanning is what your looking for. I used to tan a lot but stopped because I realized how awful an act it really is.

First of all... you were born white.. why not be happy with who you are? Secondly the only reason people tan in the first place (well most of them) is because Tan is what society tells us is beautiful.

I don't have to worry about wrinkles as much and age spots are not a problem (as long as I protect my skin from the sun).

Sun isn't the bad guy though because we do need Vitamin D.

But if you insist on tanning :) then I wouldn't recommend more that 20 minutes at a time in the tanning bed 3 times a week. Oh and use a bronzer without the burning effect so that you can achieve a tan faster.

Your skin sheds a good layer by the end of every 30 days.. so to keep your tan try going at least 3 or 4 times a month.

11-17-2008, 11:48 AM
Lilabytes, you are so lucky. I own a sunbed and used to lay in it almost everyday when I first got it. Now, I'm lucky if I even lay in it. Usually when I see that I am white as a ghost, I will lay in the bed for a couple of days to a week, then slack off. Hint: I just started to tan without putting my face in the sunbed due to I am getting older and I want to prevent any more lines

11-22-2008, 10:39 AM
I've never went to any tanning shops as i seem to gain a tan rather quickly. If i went to Spain for a week i will come back with a nice tan and keep it all year round, where as pretty much all my friends come back looking white. :omg:

11-24-2008, 02:36 PM
No, I have never tanned nor have I fake tanned my entire life! I hate the sun! I have fair skin so I burn easily. Plus, i don't want to get freckles. I'm also scared of premature skin aging, so I really stay away from direct sunlight as much as possible. Having a healthy tan can make you look like a million bucks, but I'd rather have healthy skin. :)

12-10-2008, 02:32 PM
I have never tanned ,I am afraid it will cause other disease.I love my natural skin.

12-11-2008, 08:29 AM
I have never tanned ,I am afraid it will cause other disease.I love my natural skin.

have you tried any oral sunblock, complements your existing skin sunblock?

12-12-2008, 07:15 PM
no i haven't tried.I'm afraid oral medications might more harm you.Have you tried ?

12-22-2008, 10:34 PM
I usually get a tan with little effort because I love to garden and am out in it most of the summer tending to my veggies. Strangely enough I never used to tan. Like mimico I'm fair and burned easily. The sun (and sunbeds) would just bring all my freckles out so I looked about fourteen. Not being one that enjoyed lying around sunbathing anyway it didn't bother me too much but I would have liked a nice light one at least.

Once I started gardening though I built a tan up a lot more slowly and naturally while working around pulling weeds and planting. Now I take a nice golden one which I'd never have believed I could.

Elena K
12-23-2008, 01:14 AM
I don't tan just for the sake of it, but in summer I usually would go to the beach to swim and hang out with friends.