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Redheads and Pale Women Most Likely to Use Tanning Beds 2010-04-29 13:00:00

People Who Really Shouldn't Tan Are the Most Likely to Do It

It's clearer than ever that tanning beds are dangerous and carcinogenic, but that apparently isn't stopping the people who are most vulnerable to skin cancer from using them — at least in the UK. The British Association of Dermatologists conducted a study and found that redheads and other pale, freckled people were the most likely to use tanning beds, even though they're at much, much higher risk of developing skin cancer already and almost never actually get a tan. So in lieu of prematurely aging yourself and damaging your skin, slather on wide-spectrum sunscreen and stick with the self-tanner instead.

Or, better yet, start trying to love the skin you were born with. This Bella grew up extra pale in a place where everyone else was golden brown, so I know how it feels. But for your health and psychological well-being, eventually you have to accept yourself and realize that other people's ignorance is their problem and that every skin tone is equally beautiful. That's just my two cents, but what do you think?

redchick152 redchick152 7 years
i'm a natual redhead w/ freckles and i actually get tan. no, my freckles don't just connect! somehow i just got my mom's hair color and my dad's family's skin tone?? its weird. i still slather on the spf though!
weffie weffie 7 years
If you have freckles and use tanning beds, you're stupid. Not just because you'll get cancer, but because your "tan" will be leathery, orange and gross. Pale people, especially redheads, simply don't have the pigment to get a proper tan no matter how long they stay under the lights. Pure idiocy!
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
My best friend is a redhead and I am always pleading with her to wear sunscreen. But she is pretty cheap and has highly sensitive skin. So darn bull-headed she is. *sigh*
zzleigh zzleigh 7 years
Pale and proud!
missbec missbec 7 years
Yes! I'm quite pale myself (Irish, Welsh, Scottish ancestry), and it took me a while to accept & love it, but I definitely would rather be pale with healthy skin than tan & leathery. I literally can not tan - I used to try in high school, but never at a tanning bed. And my friends would attack me with self tanner. I haven't even bothered with the tanner in several years because it's just a pain. I'm pale - that's just me. *shrug*
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I noticed the other day how people call skin tones by food names.. like mocha, olive and so on. I'd call my skin "uncooked halibut". Hahah. I'm so pale you can see my veins on my shoulders and stuff like that, but that's okay with me. I wear sunscreen almost all year, and I'll be laughing very hard at all the wrinkled tan people in 20 years.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
^Ha, same here. That's how it is in the Philippines. When I was little my mom would often try to stop me from going out and playing with the other kids 'cause she didn't want me getting darker, haha. Now that I live here in the states and everyone seems to be into tanning it was quite a change. But, I'm totally not BSing when I say every skin tone is beautiful to me. :) I never did get what all the fuss was about. From dark ebony skin to milky, albino white (I've only seen one person with albinism in my whole life and I thought she was so ethereal and beautiful. We call them moon children back home.)
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
thanks for some wise words bella
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I love this post, Bella, and I completely agree with your sentiments :)
catita85 catita85 7 years
I´m very pale skinned and freckled (though not a redhead, which I´d love to be) and have never ever been on a tanning bed. I´ve been called a wide array of different names (like "you need to be cooked" ) but I´ve learnt to love my skin.
Florida-Snow Florida-Snow 7 years
Power to the Gingers! Stay pale and perfect! :)
franceslopez franceslopez 7 years
I find it so distressing that people are picked on for being pale. You wouldn't taunt someone for having dark skin, and you shouldn't taunt someone for being a porcelain princess either. It's rude and frankly, stupid. Pale skin looks perfectly nice, and tanning is unhealthy. Seems like an easy choice.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 7 years
I am super pale too and love it. I was in a wedding this Feb. and all the other bridesmaids were worried about tanning and not looking so pale. It was kind of funny because in the pictures I stuck out-which I was okay with.
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
I too am vampire pale and it took years to love and protect it. Honestly, I find those with their natural skin tone look beautiful. There's nothing more unsightly and tacky than an obvious tan courtesy of a tanning salon.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Love the skin you're in. Remember people are discriminated for the skin they are in. Try to change the mindset.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 7 years
People always told me to use beds to get a "base tan"... um, yeah. No. I'm a redhead and I love my pale skin. I like how this article emphasizes being comfortable with your own skin instead of just telling you to use self tanner.
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