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Summer Beauty Regimens are "Annoying Chores," Says Columnist

Summer Beauty Regimens are "Annoying Chores," Says Columnist

Speaking of self-tanner, you might get a kick out of this Chicago Tribune column. Writer Heidi Stevens says she dreads midsummer more than any other time of year because of the expectation to use self-tanner:

"There used to be a perfectly good excuse for looking so-so. Pasty legs meant you had (a) a day job; (b) a predilection for sunscreen; or (c) little use for lounging around on the weekends, working on your tan. Or all of the above.

Now they just mean you're too lazy to walk to Walgreens and buy sunless tanning lotion. Or spray-on pantyhose. Or some other quick fix for your various and sundry leg flaws."

She goes on to say that the ante's been upped in the game of looking good, pointing out that our "options have never been so plentiful, so accessible, so encouraged." In a way I understand what she's saying, but when I see pale-legged people in the summer, I just assume that they're cool with having fair skin. (Of course, as the empress of pasty-leg land, I may be biased.) What do you think? Do you agree that midsummer is the worst?


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madhatter madhatter 9 years
I used to be really pale, but I had to work at it because in grade school, people honestly mistook me for someone of Latina descent. Then, I drove back from California and sat in a car essentially baking in a strappy little dress for nearly thirteen hours, and I look like I fell asleep on an effing beach. Which sucks, because now I can only wear my tinted moisturizer - my foundation, my liquid primer... it's all WRONG now.
NickyV NickyV 9 years
i should cover my body in fake tan, but it smells weird and i can do without all that faffing about. even if i end up looking like cameron diaz i still wouldnt do it on a regualr basis, reluctantly i'll stick with my pasty legs.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
I'm one of the fair-skinned ones with the pasty legs! I was kind of goth-y in my younger days and was never into tanning. :) Now I'm glad I was like that! I don't tan anyway, I just go from pale to burnt so I rely on sunscreen... and I don't believe in fake tanning. But I am always told by people that I have lovely skin and people usually think I'm 5 years younger than I actually am (I'm in my early 30s).
Marci Marci 9 years
Pale legs = city tan. And that's just fine with me.
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
Ashenturtle Ashenturtle 9 years
I cant stand self tanners, they're so time consuming its not worth it to me. That and the fact I always look orange. I'm not going to bake in the sun - Ive embraced my pasty self!
designergirl designergirl 9 years
Pale is beautiful. Go pasty-ness!
Glosslizard Glosslizard 9 years
After being deluged with images of golden goddesses and bronze beach bunnies this summer, I decided to try one of the well-reviewed gradual tanners on my pasty-pale legs. After about a week and a half I decided to simply embrace my inner goth and rely on hose (gasp!) for formal affairs! Ivory legs look nice too, and there are just too many yummy body lotions and butters out there that are so much more fabulous to use than the self-tanning stuff!
cageyme cageyme 9 years
Pasty legs rock!!! It's all I can do to keep my legs shaved and my toenails painted, I'm not about to add an endless cycle of self-tanners to my routine.
mizz_jennii mizz_jennii 9 years
I love being fair skinned as well. Who are they to tell me I need to be slathering on self-tanner every day?!?!
lovekailua lovekailua 9 years
me too self tanners are such a pain all around, i'm sticking with my paleness (irish/european descent also). i only hate seeing the veins in some place son my legs but other than that i have no problems at all and hate it when people exclaim about how pale i am that i live in Florida and should be whatever.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I'm cool w/ my ghostly skin; it doesn't bother me.
sweet_potato sweet_potato 9 years
I am currently going thru this now. I have very fair skin (european/irish descent)...and I also have a sunscreen obsession. I dont go outside without it...even if just for a moment. I want to grow old and have great skin for my age. So I have been rocking the pale skin. At the beginning of the summer, I wore gradual self tanner with SPF 20 (Neutrogena)...and it did give me some nice colour, BUT...I hate what happens when self tanners fade! They never face always comes off in is hideous and looks really bad. Ive tried tons of self tanners and they all did this. This is why i have basically stopped using them and just have tried to accept my pale skin. I do think I look better bronzed, but I am starting to think it just isnt worth it. Why not spend that time accepting myself instead of trying to change? I hate society's narrow definition of beauty (TANNED skin). I love CZJ, Nicole Kidman...etc...b/c they arent afraid to rock pale skin.
Historygal3 Historygal3 9 years
While I do indulge in self tanners occasioanlly (I was blessed with pale skin and an olive skin tone. Without a tan I look like I have jaundice). I think pale looks great. I wish I had a rosy compaxion so I could pull it off better. However, I have a hard time resepcting people who would kill their skin for the sake of beauty.
vienvien vienvien 9 years
I dont have a problem with this. My natural skincolor is bronzed. :-)
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
i'm with's offensive with people assume there's something wrong if your legs are pale...some of us would rather spend time doing other things than applying fake tanner, or laying out and getting burned.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I am super fair and pale and figure who cares. I'll feel bad for all those bronze happy babes when they discover clothes, sheets and other such items ruined and smelling oh so funky from self tanner. And of course when it starts to dull and you just look like you haven't showerd in a week. No thanks!
katie225 katie225 9 years
i love being extremely fair skinned, honestly, because i feel like i'm expressing my individuality, my heritage, and my health (i.e., i don't have skin cancer or leathery skin, thankyouverymuch). however, i just recently had someone that i work with say in a very disgusted, indignant tone, "you're WHITE. like, ghostly. what's your problem?" and it really made me mad. like i'm somehow broken or disgusting because i don't want to get wrinkly and gross-looking? i'm a sunscreen queen: i love swimming and going out in the sun, but never without less than spf 30 on my body, as per my doctor's orders! and this chick would not leave me alone about it! she kept going on and on about how i'm defective or insane or something and it really upset me! so, just a note to all the sun-lovers out there, i'm not going to sit there and lecture you about your tanning habits so don't lecture me about my lack of uv exposure!
risqueredhead risqueredhead 9 years
I'm just fine with my pale legs.
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