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Not Feeling Guilty About Sun Tanning

Sunday Confessional: I'm Going to Tan This Summer

This week's confession comes from our anonymous Confession Booth group in the TrèsSugar Community. Weigh in with your advice below.

I'm going to slather on the SPF 15 before I lay in the sun, but I want to get a genuine sun-tan this summer. There's a lot of cancer in my family and for years I've gone with the fair-skin look, but I recently dyed my hair blonde and I just really want a tan to go with it.

I plan on letting it fade once fall hits, and next summer, it's back to the high-SPFs again.

But this summer? Blonde beach-babe look, for sure.

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ali321 ali321 7 years
I agree with mix tape. You know not all sun is bad. Just don't go crazy.
mix-tape mix-tape 7 years
Whatever, it's summer and sometimes just sitting in the sun feels fantastic. Don't over do it. You can wear sunscreen and actually tan better. If you just use oil it will burn you and the tan goes away faster. Gradual tanning is the best!
sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
You know this is not a good idea. You're naturally fair skinned and cancer runs in your family, that puts you at a much, much higher risk than most people. Think about it before doing anything stupid. Also, on a superficial note: why do you think blonde hair goes with tan skin? Don't you think it's a little too...Paris Hilton?
Janine22 Janine22 7 years
I enjoy tanning, I am 33 and many people tell me that I look young for my age (mind you I am part Italian so it takes longer for me to burn). You just have to do it in a smart way, for example wear sunscreen on your face everyday and wear SPF on your body if you are sitting out. Everything in moderation I think. I also use Jergens or Aveeno gradual self tanner in the winter or over my tan to enhance it, it looks very natural.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Spray tan or not, you'll look orange. Embrace your skin color.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
^ It's less of a confession than it is a skincare debate haha
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Be proud of your skin color! I'm very fair, naturally blonde, and I get comments all the time about how white I am and need a tan. It's ridiculous that society tries to push "color" onto others, that's just the way God made us. Even if I wanted to tan in the sun, I couldn't, I just burn. I've had my fair share of sunburns growing up, I would never put myself in that situation on purpose. I avoid the sun like the plague :P
Shadowcat14 Shadowcat14 7 years
why is this a confession??? Everyone needs vitamin D and it is not like she bought a pack for California Sun Tan Booth.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I find all the comments about "safe" tanning pretty funny. Yyyyeeeah, and more doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette! Full-on tanning is not necessarily required for your weekly dose of vitamin D. A fair-skinned person requires about 45 minutes of sunlight per week to get a healthy level of the vitamin, which is about 6 minutes daily. And yes, the darker the skin tone, the longer the exposure needed (a dark-skinned person may require up to three hours per week of sun exposure, which is about 25 minutes a day), but the OP said she was fair-skinned. She doesn't need to lay out "tanning" to achieve her weekly dose of vitamin D, so that's not a good reason to justify such an unhealthy habit.
jessy777 jessy777 7 years
To each their own but I do not understand the desire to lay out in the sun and char the skin. I was born with very fair skin and red hair, a dangerous combo for skin cancer. I have had more than 2 "bad" sunburns before I turned 18. I mean peeling skin, the inability to wear clothes for at least a week and even have a couple of scars from blisters. These were not because of the desire to tan but stupidity of not wearing sunscreen when I was out in the sun all day. I have never done this again, carefully check my skin monthly and wear SPF everyday. Skin cancer is not joke and it isn't worth the 2 months of golden brown skin. Embrace your pale skin and wear it proud. I do!
bryseana bryseana 7 years
A higher SPF might be better. 15 may get you burned. An spf of 30 is probably safer. I've read that it's good to get at least 15 minutes of sun exposure for vitamin D. But hanging out in the sun for hours with little protection can be risky, especially if you do it all summer long. Be safe.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
My concern is that if she's naturally quite fair, she's not going to achieve the colour she's looking for without frying.
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
I agree with #15. The tanned beach blonde look is not very attractive. I hate when blondes get too dark of a tan. It just doesn't look right in my opinion. As a natural blonde, I prefer sticking with my natural fair skin tone.
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
I have blonde hair and I think I look great with a tan. The only time I've seen someone turn orange is from spray tans or lotions.
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
Do yourself a favor, spray tan, bronzer, etc. Stay away from those UV rays as much as possible!
Paris-de-loin Paris-de-loin 7 years
I'm relatively fair skinned -- but I don't usually burn. I wear spf 45 on my face and 15 on the rest of my body. In the summer I like to sunbathe. I've spoken to my dermatoligist about this. He likes to sun tan too. There are ways to be smart about being in the sun. And there are actually some health benefits to it. My doctor recommended spending no more than 30 minutes in the sun. I sometimes spend a bit more than 30 minutes, but I don't do it everyday. And I cover my face and neck which is exposed to the sun year-round, every time I step outside. Of course, everyone is different, so you should speak to your own doctor about your sun habits! I sometimes feel guilty about it, but it is something I love to do. More than just the effect of tanning, I love sitting by the pool in the sun, reading books, etc. It's an indulgence. Just like alcohol or fatty foods. If you do it in moderation (and not Jersey Shore style), you shouldn't beat yourself up over it!
Gawjuslayd Gawjuslayd 7 years
@Samantha. Thanks for supporting the decision to tan. I recently read an article that said to calculate the SPF you need find out how long it takes you to burn. Then multiple that number by the SPF number and that is how long you can stay out before reapplying. Though beware of swimming and sweating, which will mean you would need to reapply more often. ie: 10 minutes then you burn, you buy SPF 30 10x30=300. So roughly 3.5 hours. Tanning in moderation is good for you because it boosts your Vitamin D absorption.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I'm going to tell a story. I am not dramatizing this story. I know this is just the internet and you never know anyone on the internet, but I am a girl who rarely complains and has a very high pain tolerance, so I'm not taking a little sunburn and exaggerating it into a big sad story. I am pale. I always have been. I also have a ton of freckles. I have been made fun of in one way or another my entire life for both of these things. When I was a sophomore in high school, I went to the lake for Memorial Day weekend like everyone else does. I was frolicking around the beach slathered in SPF like usual, when I happened to look down at my legs. They were so pale they nearly looked glow-in-the-dark, I kid you not. For the first time in my life, my paleness mortified me. One application of "tan accelerator" and seven minutes later, I have a sunburn. Whatever, who hasn't gotten one of those? By the time I got home, my legs were a deep burgundy color. They're starting to hurt pretty bad. I don't think much of it. The next day I take my drivers test and get my drivers license. The day after that, I excitedly get up in the morning to drive to school by myself for the very first time. When I plop down in the seat of my car, I jump up and yelp at the immense pain I had just felt and I start crying. I go inside and tell my mom there's no way I can go to school. I take off my pants and look at my legs. They look like raw steak. I spend the next three days on the couch, unable to go to school. I drift in and out of crying bouts, as it seemed with every passing hour the burn was getting worse and the pain was increasing. Finally one late evening, my dad decides to take me to the emergency room because I cannot stop crying. The doctors look at my legs and gasp. I have blisters on the back of both thighs that are the size of baseballs. Aside from the baseball-sized blisters, my legs look like a combination of crust and raw meat. After the doctors spend some time contemplating whether I should stay at the hospital on an IV full of antibiotic and access to burn treatments, they decide I can probably be safe to go home. I go home in a wheelchair with antibiotics, strong painkillers, and silver sulfide cream. I spend the next few days laying on the couch in a painkiller-haze, letting my blisters leak all over my floor in huge yellow puddles. I make accomodations to take my finals in a wheelchair in the principal's office. As the blisters leave, my skin starts healing into what looks like Kraft parmesan cheese, yellow crust, and ashes. Eventually my legs healed. Eventually I wasn't in pain anymore and my Snow White gams were back to their Snow White selves. But will I ever forget that experience? No way. It was the single most disgusting, painful experience of my life. I now go to the dermatologist annually to make sure nothing suspicious is going on since my seven minutes in the sun with tan accelerator caused a blistering sunburn before the age of eighteen, increasing my chances for cancer. Not only that, but I am already at an increased risk because of my natural skintone (freckled & fair). It isn't worth it. If I ever want a sunkissed look, I have had great luck with L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Gel. It fades a little funky, but it's better than what I went through when I was sixteen and it's inexpensive. And, hey, listen... the Twilight/vampire craze has made being pale so much more in vogue than it used to be.
dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
Why do you have to use spf 15to get a tan? I use 35 and still turn brown after a three careful weeks. I'm not sure where you are but I'm in Florida and you have to be careful here. I'm older now and used to tan a lot when I was younger. I have battled a lot of damage by being careful and wearing hat, good spf, and then also I go to a dermatologist. They will tell you to live inside like a vampire for the rest of your life. You can get tan but be smart about it and use some common sense but there's nothing wrong with getting one. Just be careful I know the sun here. (I avoid all hours of noon in mid summer).
lamarun lamarun 7 years
SPF 15 will no almost nothing for you, so at least cover up with SPF 30. At least!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
Do that if you need to. Personally, a long time ago, I tried tanning (and played with different hair colors, both natural AND unnatural human hair colors :)). Let's say they were good learning experiences. :)
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