Tanning...sun, tanning bed, instant tan....what works best?

United States
March 7, 2007 9:29pm CST
I recently started a discussion on moisturizers for the face/skin. It started me thinking about all the years I have been suntanning. I used to go to the tanning beds and layout in the sun. I loved the feel of the sun, and I had a great tan, though it made me look healthy, I have been worrying lately about skin cancer and aging my skin. I have always been complimented on how young looking my skin was , and I want to keep it that way. It is very dry now and since summer is coming, I am looking for advice on alternate tanning methods. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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6 responses
@rosie_123 (6118)
8 May 07
I think my advce would simply be - DON'T! Lying in the sun and tanning is bad for you - it causes skin cancer, and, as people get older, their skin becomes old and "leathery" looking from too much sun, unless they have a naturally dark complexion to start off with. I burn if I even look at the sun as I have a very pale complexion, so I have always covered up well and tried to avoid it - I think it is much wiser!
• United States
8 May 07
I used to love to be out in the sun, it felt so good b/c I was so cold natured after my surgeries. But now I am out in the sun a lot b/c I have to mow 2 acres every week. So I wear a hat and sunscreen,usually, but can't avoid getting some sun. I did get my legs sunburned a couple of days ago, I sprayed everything but my legs, just didn't think about it, but I will remember next time. Thanks for sharing Rosie.
@minerc (1373)
• United States
27 Mar 07
My sister gets her tan sprayed on her. I myself don't worry about it. I live in the Sunny Fl, and use to layout and try to stay tanned but now that I am older those sun spot's really show up. I have damaged my skin from the sun and decided it just wasnt worth it anymore. Try the spray tanning, she looks good and she says it's easy to maintain. Good Luck.
• United States
8 May 07
More people are going for the sprayed on tans now. I was talking with my beautician recently about it, she also has tanning beds in her salon, she said she does more spray on tans now, they work great for proms, weddings, people going on cruises, etc. Thanks for sharing with me minerc.
@yvonne1968 (1065)
• United States
11 Mar 07
My cousin is like that.I don't understand why people want to go to a tanning bed. Its just more nice and natural to get a normal sun tan outside. That aside. I think skin cancer is also plays on how much tanning and sun you have gotten over the years. People like my cousin,who doesnt know when to stop tanning and they are the ones who will ruin their skin, or get skin cancer i think if you dont over do it you should be ok.
• United States
12 Mar 07
I agree. Some people don't know when to quit. It's not very attractive when you are deeply tanned. Some people just look like they have baked and are too tan. I like a nice healthy glow in a tan. For me it's just a turn off to see someone who has literally baked all day or all summer. Plus I think it ages the skin.
• United States
8 Mar 07
I have always been a sun worshipper and during the years I lived in North Africa I spent every spare minute at the beach. I have pretty fair skin but always managed to get a nice deep tan and I had never heard of the sun causing skin cancer until I came to the States. All I can say is I've toasted myself in the sun all my life and I dont have skin cancer or even as many wrinkles as my sun avoiding friends.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
How amazing, perhaps the suns rays are different on that coast than ours. When I was recouperating from my many surgeries, especially the first two, I had huge incisions, and it felt so good to lay in the tanning bed and then when weather permitted, I'd lay outside in the sun everyday that I could. It felt just wonderful. I used good tanning products though as not to burn. I miss that, I've heard so much negative about the tanning beds that I don't want to try that again yet, but I love outside on my own lounger in my own yard, so peaceful.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
8 Mar 07
I was just like you I was always out in the sun, I loved the nice tan that I always got. We had a swimming pool and I was always out in the pool. I also went to tanning beds a lot. Now that I am older I see a lot of sun damage that the sun did to me and the tanning beds. I hear it all the time tanning beds are not good for you stay away from them. I now try to stay out of the sun,but if I do go out I use sunscreen put on sun glasses and wear a hat. I also had skin cancer on the side of my face, my doctor said it came from the sun.Its was removed and I was checked out ok now. I still go in every 6 mounths to get checked now for skin cancer.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
Was the skin cancer the main reason you decided to protect your skin better? Do you still get to enjoy your pool? I love being outdoors and can put up with the hat, but long sleeves and oil all over me doesn't sound too enjoyable on a hot summer's day. I was wondering if you only use the sunscreen lotion for laying out or swimming.
• Philippines
8 Mar 07
What advice I wanted to give is the advice not to go tanning again. I think its because our sunshine now is different from way way before. We have global warming and its not as safe as before. Besides, many people love white complexion.
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• United States
8 Mar 07
I am seeing more and more of the t.v. and hollywood stars are going without tans these days. My husband is all the time telling me to wear sunglasses to while I am outside, he says the rays can cause cancer of the eyes. Thank you for your response.