What do you think about tanning?

United States
January 5, 2007 7:41pm CST
So do you think tanning is a horrible thing or do you love the feeling of laying in the tanning bed relaxing and getting warm? In my opinion i love tanning. i just started tannning again 3 days ago and it feels so good. i know it can cause cancer and stuff but it's like an addiction and it really isnt that expensive either. So give me your thoughts on this.
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@gsen2006 (870)
• India
9 Jan 07
i never did it.
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• United States
9 Jan 07
it's the most amazing feeling in the world. thanks for responding.
• India
3 Feb 07
well i being a guy having a dusky complexion doesn't really require tanning!! but still i have some of my friends who love tanning to the core.. they love to lie down on the beach under the sun and feel the warmth!!
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• United States
3 Feb 07
yea i seen you had dark skin in your picture. you're one of the lucky ones. i'd love to have natural dark skin. i love the warmth of the bed/sun it's just so relaxing. thanks for responding.
@bronie123 (4589)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I really don't like laying in a tanning bed beacuse i always have a headache when i get out but i do use them if i need a tan during the winter I perfer to lay out in the sun it is fun and refreshing to me
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• United States
9 Jan 07
i've never heard of anyone getting a headache from a tanning bed but i guess anything can happen to anyone. i tan every day no matter what. i dont like laying in the sun because i cant get an all over tan. thanks for responding.
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@bronie123 (4589)
• United States
15 Jan 07
yeah i always have weird things happen to me but i have headache problems anyway differnt things bother me
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@aprilten (1977)
• Philippines
3 Feb 07
you're right, nowadays tanning seems to be a bad idea because of the hole in the ozone layer. it's a good thing i don't need tanning because i have brown skin.
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• United States
3 Feb 07
you're one of the lucky ones. i would love to have natural brown skin. but since i dont i'll tan and use a spray tan. thanks for responding.
@Pekachu (1114)
• United States
3 Feb 07
i have never gone to a tanning salon but i do love to sun bath i feel so much better tanned cant wait till summer
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• United States
3 Feb 07
i haven't been sun bathing for a while because it isn't an all over tan and i burn outside. i can't wait til summer either cause it'll finally be warm. lol. thanks for responding.
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@deepshan (104)
• India
3 Feb 07
it's training or tunring? i didnt understand u.. can u explain it?
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• United States
3 Feb 07
it's tanning. it's where you lay in a bed that has a top that closes they have lights in them and these lights have sun rays that make your skin darker. we call this tanning. you can also do this outside in the sun. hope this helps you.
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@Lady_Vincy (1542)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I don't think that tanning is a very good I dea. By tanning you expose yourself to hamful UV rays. In my opinnion going to the tanning salon is much worse than laying in the sun (even though they are both harmful).
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• United States
9 Jan 07
yea the UV rays can be harmful. however using the right tanning bed they reduce the affects. like use a bed with less of the harmful UV rays. i forgot which one is which. there are UVB and UVA and i think the UVB is the one that is the most harmful and also using a good lotion with antioxidants and vitamins in them then it is much better than using the wrong lotions and the wrong beds. thanks for responding.
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@bryelee (452)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I have never goottona tan form a tanning company. I would like to but we all know the rays are not good for your skin. My mother-in-law used to tan all the time and now her skin is ugly and wrinkly from it. To much tanning is really gross.
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• United States
9 Jan 07
that can happen to you. but i know a woman about 40 years old and she has been tanning for about 25 years and she is beautiful not wrinkled. her secret is a natural bronzing tanning lotion with lots of antioxidants and vitamins in it and i used it yesterday and i felt so nice afterwards. if you dont use the right things tanning can be gross.
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I wont do it. I burn pretty easily so everyone tells me I need to get a good base before summer. Nope, I use tons of sunscreen. Even though your skin may look better, I have no clue what it's doing to my individual cells. I have moles on my body and do not need them to turn cancerous because I've baked them in a tanning bed. I'll stick with nature as much as possible.
• United States
9 Jan 07
lighter skin people do tend to burn easier. i used to but then i started tanning gradually like about 10 minutes the first time and then 12 minutes and now i'm at 15 minutes i've been going for about a week now. so next time i'll step it up to 18 minutes. i also have a few moles they're not big or anything and nothing has come of it yet and i've been tanning for about 2 years now. thanks for your response.
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@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
9 Jan 07
I don't think it is terrible at all but personally no it scares me I did a bit of it last Year but it does still scare me and I would not make a habit of it My Daughter goes under the Sunbed to and she loves it
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• United States
9 Jan 07
yeah a lot of people i know are scared too because they feel like they're in a coffin and stuff. at first i was worried about getting locked in and someone walking in on you but now i know better. the place i go is smaller and it's so much better. they help you pick lotion and tell you what's good for your body and they are really nice. i feel like i'm visitng friends when i go there. thanks for responding.
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@Ashida (1370)
• United States
8 Jan 07
Actually you're right. It can be an addiction. A friend of mine just concluded a research study about it, and the results were pretty conclusive. Also, if you ever want to know about tanning beds, talk to a dermatologist. or just look at those leathery people at the beach.
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• United States
8 Jan 07
wow. it would be great to do a research study on tanning beds. i know they're not healthy for you however if you use the best lotion out there it helps protect your skin. i know a woman and she is about 40 years old and she has been tanning for 25 years and she looks great. she uses some really good lotion and it has loads of vitamins and things that you need for your body. such as they recommend you go in the sun unprotected for 15 minutes so you can get your vitamin d. over 50% of your vitamin d comes from the sun itself. so it doesnt always make you look old or leathery if you use a really good lotion then you will look great. most of the people at the beach dont do that because they use the cheap stuff from walmart. not the stuff from the salon and they dont tan inside much.
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• United States
6 Jan 07
I personally have never went into the tanning bed I think it would make me claustrophobic but I have quite a few friends that do it and love it and my father used to go before he would head south so he wouldn't burn....I am just not into heat or closed spaces but maybe I'll try never say never right??
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• United States
6 Jan 07
at first i was scared i would be claustrophobic too and then i got in and loved it. thanks for responding.
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@smacksman (6074)
29 Jan 07
I love getting a tan but I have never tried a sun bed or a spray booth. I just love being stretched out on a beach somewhere hot.
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• United States
30 Jan 07
getting sprayed is also nice. it's kind of cold but it gets you dark color fast. i love being in a warm bed because on the beach you cant get an all over tan unless you know a secret spot. thanks for responding.
• United States
31 Jan 07
wow. that's pretty cool. i dont know if USA has many of these beaches if they do i dont know where they're at. i dont live near a beach either. i live in the middle of the country. too bad i dont live near the beach i would be there everyday. i love water. i'm a pisces. thanks for sharing again.
@kgs_mommy (260)
• United States
9 Feb 07
I really enjoy tanning. I'm sooooooo pale, so it makes me feel really good about myself when I have a good tan. It also makes me look and feel more healthy! Yes, it's dangerous, but so is driving to work every morning. And if someone is worried about the cancer thing, there's always the spray tan stuff! What do yall think about the spray tans? Do they look really fake? Is it worth the money?
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• United States
9 Feb 07
i'm pretty pale myself. makes me feel good about myself too. you have a point about driving every morining. it's dangerous too. i love spray tan as well. i got it done and it doesnt look fake at all. it's not orange like some people said. i think it is worth the money. it gives you a quick tan.. thanks for responding
@emquinsat (1059)
• Philippines
8 Feb 07
Well I think tanning is nice. I mean for women who have fairer skin it's a nice way to achieve a skin color that they're not used to. Just like tanned or dark skinned girls want to lighten their skin. Tanning would never work out for me though since I'm already a natural tan.
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• United States
9 Feb 07
i envy you. you're naturally tan. thanks for responding
8 Feb 07
I'd be worried about how much skin cancer has increased and when tanning beds came around. (i think the figures will pretty much match) This is why i won't ever use one but another reason is because i already have tanned skin which hardly fades. (i have orange hands at times) lol I can see why people like 'em and it's cool but you know that i see cancer as a bad thing and i would do anything myself to avoid getting it. (i don't smoke) Kudos. ~Joey
@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I know it is not good for you, but I just love it. It feels so good, and gives you a pretty glow. It makes your clothes and everything look better, which makes you feel happier. It is a good boost!
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• United States
6 Feb 07
if you use the right lotion then it's not as bad as some may think. i love it so much and as you said it makes your clothes look better. i am much happier tan than i am white. thanks for responding.
@cuddleme01 (2728)
• Philippines
3 Feb 07
I am not against tanning. But there is no need for me to be tan because I am already tan. In fact I would love to get a whiter skin complexion so I try to stay away from the sun and use lightening products. Things are reverse, the white people would like to be tan. The tan people would like to be white. Hehehe
• United States
3 Feb 07
isn't it amazing how darker skin people want lighter skin and light skin people want darker skin. it's like straight hair girls want curly hair and curly hair girls want straight hair. thanks for responding.
@weemam (13377)
3 Feb 07
I think it looks gread and it had the feel good factor , but I think with all the horror stories I have heard that it's better to stick to a spray tan and be healthier xx
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• United States
3 Feb 07
spray tan is much healthier and it looks great too. i've gotten a spray tan and i loved it. it made me so dark. it is much safer. thanks for responding.
@lyndaj70 (293)
• United States
3 Feb 07
I used to think tanning was okay but my auntie who is a dedicated tanner has had over 50 spots of skin cancer removed from her body -- a direct result of the tanning bed she has been told. She has had all of these treatments and pain and expenses, all because she couldn't live without a tan, she just loved the look and stuff. She thinks she is cancer free at present but has to keep being checked just in case. I care for my life too much to endanger myself for the vanity of a tan, I hope others feel the same. Just a warning to all the tanners out there -- there is a risk of cancer involved.
• United States
3 Feb 07
sorry to hear about you auntie. there are safe ways to tan now. they have a laser spray tan that you can get. it's an all over spray. it looks just as great as a tan from the beds. you don't have to worry about the sun rays or skin cancer. too bad they didnt have these when your auntie was tanning. thanks for responding.
@cheryl07 (54)
• United States
3 Feb 07
It is great, the warm feeling, especially when it is cold out. I love it. The one thing I don't like is when you first get in, and no one was in prior to you getting in, and it is cold. It just goes through you when your back hits that ice cold glass bed! haha
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• United States
3 Feb 07
it's great to even talk about it because you can feel the warmth. it's so cold here today that i dont think i'm going anywhere. i let mine warm up a little before i get in. it's way too cold to just jump in. thanks for responding.