Getting a tan

@LeavaoDe (350)
United States
June 27, 2009 9:01pm CST
Hi...I am asking this for my sister who will be in her brother-in-law's wedding this fall. The dress is a strapless dress. Her goal this summer is to even out her tan lines from previous summers...naturally, no spray tans. We've been told that if we get really sunburnt that we won't tan. This is a two part question... :) 1. Do you think this is true? I don't no if I think this is true. I got burnt from one day in the sun and am tanner already. 2. Do you think that the sun tanning oils actually help you tan but not burn? Thanks for your input as this will help not only her but myself as well. :)
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@threnos (216)
• Canada
29 Jun 09
This is a tricky question, and oddly enough, one that both my sister and I were wondering about. All of my family seems to sunburn easily. We have very fair complexions so sitting out under the sun isn't a very good idea. We have applied some sunscreen and sunblock but this sometimes doesn't help any bit at all! We still end up getting burned. My grandfather also had skin cancer so we try to avoid direct sunlight at all costs. I have never tried a sunblock, personally, because I like the pale look.
@LeavaoDe (350)
• United States
29 Jun 09
Hi thanks for commenting. That's a good reason to avoid direct sunlight. My sister and brother have a darker complexion then I do so I look pale next to them. :) I was out in the sun the other day and got red as a lobster and hurt afterwards. :( Now that the soreness is gone and the red has turned into a tan I am happy but just getting the tan is painful. :) What to do right?! Thanks again and happy mylotting!!!
• United States
29 Jun 09
Well whenever I burn I always tan after so you probably will too. With my experience with tanning lotions and oils I wouldn't use them. You should probably just try to tan or be out in the sun each day. If that doesn't work then try jergens tan lotion it looks real and works.
@LeavaoDe (350)
• United States
29 Jun 09
Thank you for commenting. I have noticed that (even though I am still red) my burnt skin is turning in a tan. So I am very happy. I will try that. Thanks again. Happy myLotting!!
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
28 Jun 09
i don't know anything about tan because i never do it before and i never try to get a tan... i am already very happy with my skin colour and i don't need to change it to make it darker... also, i am afraid of getting a melomia (skin cancer) as what i had heard from people who had done tanning before... my life is much more precious for that and i don't want to risk it just for the sake of getting a tan... take care and have a nice day...
@LeavaoDe (350)
• United States
28 Jun 09
Hi. Thanks for commenting. I don't tan to get a tan but being that I plan on spending a lot of time at the beach or in the pool there is no way around getting a tan. Sun in the fun, I guess. :) I have polynesian blood in me so I am naturally tan but do tan easily. Skin cancer is no joke and I knew someone with it. :( Happy myLotting!!!
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
28 Jun 09
You will likely find that you have great difficulty evening out a tan the natural way. I know you don't really want to use a tanner but it's better for what you are trying to achieve if you are already tanner in some areas and not in others. Tanning by it's nature is damaging to your skin so think about that too.
@LeavaoDe (350)
• United States
28 Jun 09
Thank you for commenting. The way we tan it's not going to be a problem evening out the tans we already had. lol I think about that all the time now and am trying to find the right lotion, etc that will help me achieve what I want but protect at the same time. Happy myLotting!!
@schulzie (4068)
• United States
28 Jun 09
I personally turn tan after burning. I have very light skin naturally but I tan nice and dark. As far as tanning oils go I believe the SPF level allows you to stay in the sun for a longer amount of time and not get burnt. I usually don't put any lotion on and I go to the pool about 3 times a week for about 2 hours at a time. I get tanned through the water really. I will lay down on the lounge chair for about 20 mintues once I am done in the pool. I have a nice tan now from about 3 weeks of doing this. Good luck in getting your tans! Have a great day and happy myLotting!!!
@LeavaoDe (350)
• United States
28 Jun 09
Thank you so much for commenting. I will have to keep the SPF level in tanning oils in mind. Laying out on a lounge chair kind of scares me because I'm afraid that I will fall alseep and be burnt on one side only. :) Thanks again for commenting and happy myLotting!!!
@royal52gens (5380)
• United States
28 Jun 09
My personal opinion is natural tanning is better than fake tanning any day. I don't use a lot of lotions or oils. I spend 20 to 40 minutes tanning. Then I take a cool but not cold shower to cool the skin down. Then I moisturize the skin. If I have burnt, it will turn to a tan in a day or two as long as I keep the skin moisturized. It will not peel unless I allow the skin to dry out. I hope you and your sister get nicely tanned.
@LeavaoDe (350)
• United States
28 Jun 09
Thanks you so much for commenting. I think these are great ideas that both my sister and I should try. Thanks again. Happy myLotting!!!