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I love how pale my skin is. I have tanned in the past (both natural and self-tan), but it never looked right on me. My mother and grandmother both have terrible sun spots (actinic keratosis) from baking out in the sun. I will never understand why putting yourself at risk for cancer and skin damage is considered to be attractive.

ThistleWeed ThistleWeed 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 21, 2009

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I read once that it was Coco Chanel who made the suntan fashionable in the 1920s, when she got sunburnt while on holiday in the French Riviera. People thought it made her look healthy :O

I agree, I don't think skin cancer is worth the risk of getting a tan. I totally don't get fake tan either, it always seems to look orange. I think everyones natural skin tone suits them best, it is not worth harming yourself to change it, especially on sunbeds, which are highly dangerous.

One night, my son woke up complaining of severe abdominal pain. After a few minutes of writhing and moaning, I asked if he felt so bad that he needed to go to the hospital. He moaned "yes". I asked if he could get out of bed and downstairs. He moaned "no". So, I called the ambulance. A few minutes later they arrived. Much to the dismay of my wallet, he walked downstairs (I don't mind paying for the hospital, it's just the extra couple of hundred dollars to take the fancy ride there that bothered me). At any rate, when he got halfway down the steps, one of the EMT's asked "is he always that color"? We just laughed and said "yep". Actually, he's the darker one. Our daughter is even paler. Apparently they got none of my mostly-Italian heritage, and their skin pigmentation definitely leans towards their pale mother. It's become one of our family "catch phrases" - "are you always that color?"<br />
Oh, and after a series of tests, it turns out that it was just severe gas. *sigh*.

I don't understand why people think tan=sexy? I am pale as can be.. it least I don't feel so out of place in the winter time! haha Kudos to you for loving your own skin! I struggled with it for awhile.. but I would just burn whenever I "tried" to tan.. Once got third degree burns.. Skin cancer runs in my family.. It's just not worth it.. Now I embrace it too.. I like my gothic, vampish skin tone.. I think the tone which we were created with suites us best anyways..