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Is Self-Tanner Still Popular?

Is Self-Tanning Still a "Thing"?

Remember a few years back, when we were all a-swim in self-tanner so powerful that many naturally fair-skinned girls walked around in a perpetual state of tiger-striped fake bake fade? I was watching all the fake tan on Jersey Shore the other night and realized that, although it's still all over the place on the show, I'm seeing a lot less of it in real life these days. Maybe it's just that it's Winter, but there's a lot less faux tan on the shelves at the drugstore, too. I'm glad for people to fake tan if it means not being exposed to harmful UV rays, but I can't say that I'd be sad to see us become more accepting of the beauty of natural skin tones across the board. What do you think? Is the self-tanner craze over, or are we just in a lull?

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jules79 jules79 7 years
I'm super pale (like so pale you see my veins) and I self tan in the warmer months..I use Jergens and people always think it's a "real" tan--not orange like the Jersey Shore people..
Ayu Ayu 7 years
I use tanning body milk on my legs in the spring so it covers up my horrible skin on legs before I get my natural tan. I really like my skin colour when it's naturally lightly tan (yellowish-golden), it makes other people look pink compared to myself, even if they aren't :D
sham28 sham28 7 years
There is SO much wrong with that girl.... from her facial structure to her skin to her hair, I think she's just a poster child for GROSS.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 7 years
Getting a little bit of color is fine, but turning yourself into an over sized Oompa Loompa is a bit much. Whenever I see someone who is orange I laugh. I'm waiting for some to ask so I can sing something from Willy Wonka to them.
isenephthys isenephthys 7 years
I'm quite pale... pretty much ghostly white. And I am 100% cool with it. I've never had a desire to tan. Orange/ dark leathery skin is not something I view as attractive. To each his own, I guess.
biarose biarose 7 years
People always seem to want what they don't have. Here we have all these skincare products with added tanning ingredients, whereas I was reading an Asian version of Cosmo and there were a bunch of ads for skincare products with whitening ingredients!
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
I'm pale too, but the tanning (from either the bottle or the bed) is huge here in the Midwest, particularly with people my age range (15-25 yr. olds). I'm a pale face in the sea of tan-obsessed persons.
danizzle danizzle 7 years
i LOVE being pale! it shows my british roots, and i love how my blue eyes and brown hair pop against my milky white skin
Zigggy Zigggy 7 years
I think paleness is making a bit of a comeback- look how beautiful Kristen Stewart and Taylor Swift look. I'm super pale and I embrace it- the only crappy thing is a lot of the "ivory" foundations or tinted moisturizers aren't light enough.
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
There's pressure to be tan...I'm so white my parents call me transparent. :-( I'm okay with it now. It wasn't always like this. My skin is pretty the way it is, and I don't feel like getting a tan ('real' or spray on). Too much to maintain. :-P
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I hate the pressure to be tan! I think the obsession has gone down a little. That or I stopped noticing when I stopped caring about being pale
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Probably. Personally, this is a beauty trend I've avoided. I'm naturally very fair-skinned, with dark hair and eyes. I prefer this look on me, and I've been told by strangers that I look like Snow White.
mandola mandola 7 years
I think a lot more naturally pale celebrities are not tanning (Scarlett Johansson, Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Tractenberg) and making those of us who don't tan less self conscious about being pale.
plasticine1 plasticine1 7 years
i have always wanted pale whiter skin. and i have a natural tan that never goes away. guess you always want what you cant have.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
My friends call me the ice queen when I don't use tanner because I'm so white. My husband's family is always asking me if I feel okay because I'm so pale. My MIL told me I should get testing done because she thinks my paleness is a sign of cancer! I'd rather be the ice queen than be oompa-loompa orange or the cancer queen. When I hear guys talk about how unattractive pale skin is no wonder women feel pressure to try and get a tan.
mintyboy mintyboy 7 years
lol @ weffie. I almost changed the colors of my tv after 5 mins of watching/skimming "Jersey Shore." I do think that tanning is still pretty much a western culture thing. Not to bring race up, but most asians know still worship lightskinned tones. After reading Yogaforlife's comment, I guess there really is no problem-free skin tone. We all suffer under ridiculous "beautiful" requirements.
juliarose23 juliarose23 7 years
i use the gradual stuff from jergens as well, but its not that i want to be super tan, i just want a bit of a glow. and i always get complimented for that!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
I wear self tanner... mostly the gradual tan stuff from Jergens. I look strange when my skin is pale... I used to be an outdoor sports junkie, but between work and school I rarely see daylight anymore. I don't even look like myself without a little glow. :(
heatherhas heatherhas 7 years
Meh. I used to be obsessive about the self-tanner, but I kinda grew out of that. Love me, love my skin.
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 7 years
agreed aimeeb! i am also very pale and don't go to tanning salons so if i need a little color in the summer, self-tanner is the only way i can get it. as long as you don't overdo it i see nothing wrong with it.
weffie weffie 7 years
The whole Jersey Shore cast are Oompa Loompas, I still don't understand how that look ever caught on! I'm happy being pale, it's much better than looking like a day-shift hooker like Snooki :P
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I don't know...I'm super fair and see nothing wrong with it. I don't know why people always stress "you're so pale..." just because you don't want to look orange or like a leather briefcase. I'll be looking back with smiles in ten yrs when I'm still wrinkle free.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Tanning salons seem to be booming in my area. I see lots and lots of younger people (high school crowd) going in.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I would hope this meant we were more accepting of all skin tones but I think it's just a lull for the moment. I wish pale skin was seen as just as beautiful and healthy as olive/darker skin tones but I think it's going to take a lot longer for that to become accepted. So many people are still tanning/self tanning because they think they are only beautiful when they have a tan.
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