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Sunburn For A Sun Tan?

As a teenager, I refused to put on sunscreen because I wanted to work on my tan. I'd always get a really bad burn when I went out in the sun for the first time, and then after that, my skin would turn golden.

So I want to know if you think the following statement is true or false.


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Sally14759244 Sally14759244 3 years
Nothing gave off the glow of good all American health than a deep dark tan and mid century teens competed for the fastest tan in the west. The 1960s were sizzling as backyard grilling was going up and down suburban block as teens were char broiling themselves in their yards in an effort to achieve a golden tan. The culture promoted it and ads encouraged it. For a look at sizzling in 1960s suburban sun
Aminah-Akalea Aminah-Akalea 10 years
That pic looks painful and awful..i have no need to tan :D, but as two others said before there is nothing wrong with having pale skin or any other skin tone..that's what you're kinda more or less born with so dont mind magazines and others that influence you to change you skin tone as if what you are is a problem, born with it live with it, it's no biggie no matter how pale you are...and they are alot of skin darkeners out there, no need to be get baked and suffer the consequences.
a-gentle-rain a-gentle-rain 10 years
You guys, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but any color you receive AT ALL is sun damage. Sunburn is just when your skin literally starts to burn. It's really disgustng. I'll do a blog on it later. I know a lot of stuff on this topic for some reason.
mrflibble mrflibble 10 years
Ouch... That picture hurts!!
smart-blonde smart-blonde 10 years
I have two colors in the sun: near-albino and tomato. I'm one of those people that doesn't tan, ever. Who needs it, anyway? I think sun damage makes people look a lot more "sickly" than healthy, pale skin.
designergirl designergirl 10 years
I can't tan. Luckily, I've gotten over this bothering me. Pale skin is fine, people need to accept that. Always wear sunscreen!
mollipop mollipop 10 years
Like some others, my fear of developing leathery skin has always motivated to me to wear sunscreen religiously. I've never been sunburned but even though I do wear SPF 30 or higher, and reapply often, I will have a slight tan if I spend a lot of the day out in the sun.
sls1825 sls1825 10 years
What a horrible picture. Gross.
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 10 years
I always used to think, "oh no big deal, it'll turn to tan" in regards to sunburns. However, this summer is the first summer I've been using spf 50 on my whole body (as opposed to the 15 I used to use) and no burn yet! I AM tanning a bit more slowly though... but I'd rather be cancer and wrinkle free.
TheKiwi TheKiwi 10 years
Ew... that photo is gross. I've never been burned before.
thedeannamarie thedeannamarie 10 years
I absolutely cannot tan without getting crispy. If I use sunscreen properly, I don't darken at all.
Calimie Calimie 10 years
I tan easily but I learned ever since I was a kid that you had to wear sunscreen so I've never burned myself. Still, now I'm avoiding sun as much as I can and I'll use a tinted moisturizer this summer. Anything to avoid skin cancer and leathery skin.
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 10 years
poor girl----I tan, but sometimes I imagine how discusting it would be if someone layed in the beating sun in the sand on a beach for a year straight on the equator w/ no
julieulie julieulie 10 years
You definitely don't need to burn -- I've never been burnt in my life, but if I'm out in the sun, I can tan. That said, I ALWAYS wear sunscreen and with the exception of a few days a year in the Caribbean, I never spend time outside in the sun, because I have no desire to develop melanoma or be wrinkly by the time I am 30!
bhilb bhilb 10 years
I don't try to burn, but I always do the first time I'm out in the summer sun...even with sunscreen on. I have fair, sensitive skin so I have always had to be careful about too much time in the sun.
EcannDallas EcannDallas 10 years
ok there are some pretty amazing fake tanning products out there now. i dont understand why people just bake in the sun. a friend of mine has been going to the tanning beds almost daily for five years and shes already looking like a leather bag and shes only 21!!!
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
Haha, my husband looked like the girl in the pic about a week ago. He wouldn't put on sunscreen at first and then when h e did he insisted that he could get his back himself....he had a HUGE white hand print across it for the rest of the trip!
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 10 years
I'm naturally golden skinned, thanks to my Dad, but I haven't tanned in 7 or 8 years. I'm scared of skin cancer and also looking like a leather handbag when I'm 30. My fiance's mom lays out all summer long with baby oil smeared all over her and she has alot of sun spots - ick!
daisyeater21 daisyeater21 10 years
i dont like getting a tan
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