Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Why risk it?

I decided on this trip that I wouldn’t lay out for the purpose to get tan. I signed the pledge w/{av} to not do so, since skin cancer really is a big part of my family history and there’s no reason to continue to push it the way I’ve done over the years.

So when my friend and I got together and we went to the beach to ‘lay out’ I lathered myself up w/50spf sunscreen. Of course you all saw from Thursday, what happens when I miss certain spots but I’ve been staring at my feet and chest and hips and am kinda freaked that if I didn’t put the sunscreen over everywhere else, my whole body would be in this fire filled pain.

If you saw the rest of me right now, you wouldn’t even be able to tell I was in the sun because I got zero color due to the sunscreen.

I’m like a lot of people, I like to be tan. I feel better, mentally and emotionally (is that weird?) when I’m tan but I’ve finally figured out doing it by the sun isn’t the right way to go about it. But I’ll admit, its hard to accept. I’m sitting out by the pool right now, but under the cabana. I want to be that woman I see, lounging out, getting the rays because I want to be tan!
yes, I’m sitting next to an empty pool. That’s how I roll. ; )
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I still think it’s important to get your Vitamin D from the sun and the times I’m indoors bound, after awhile you’ll think I’ve become a ghost with how pale my face is but its so much safer to find a spray tan that works and stay out all together.

I use Arbonne spray tan. For me, it’s the best I’ve found. It actually looks like a real tan. I put some on before I came out to HI, just to take some of the ‘glow’ off.

What spray tans out there have you found that work for you?

Do you throw caution to the wind and fake bake or lay out in the sun? Or do you prefer the ‘milky white’ look?

See, I don’t prefer the ‘milky white’ look on me. I don’t like seeing veins, I don’t like seeing any ‘flapping’ or ‘jiggling’ (there’s a reason body builders are tan in competitions) and I don’t feel ‘good’ when I’m pale.

The only thing that’s keeping me going is, I have to tell myself that my skin will thank me when I’m in my 40’s, 50’s and older! I’ll have smooth, not so wrinkly skin from the sun. I won’t have that ‘weathered’ look like some may have.

What keeps you out of the sun?

Here’s a link that will help you see signs of skin cancer and ways to keep an eye on your skin.

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7 comments:

The Blogivers said...

I certainly don't PREFER the "milky white" look, but I've found that even when I do lay out, my tan only lingers for a day or 2 and then I revert to looking like Casper... so I don't lay out much anymore. Not worth it!

Christina said...

I got over having the "tan" look years ago. I think I realized somewhere down the line that it wasn't good for you and it will eventually age you a lot faster than had you avoided lots of direct sun. So, I embrace my white-semi-reflector-looking skin and only spray tan for special occasions like being in a wedding where someone else cares more than me.

Laura Elizabeth said...

I try and tell myself that some of the most beautiful women in the world- Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman have very pale skin. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't! Most of my friends are pale too so that's ok.

I've been sunburned one too many times as a child, so I now take sun care very seriously. And like you, I've got a family history with skin cancer.

carissa said...

okay, with my kiddos we are in the sun all the time. i lather them up with 50 and they still get color. but, you are so right about all this... our tanning bed generation is going to have a terrible time in their 60's.

Megan said...

We are going on vacation in about a month and I'm going to be pasty white!!

Tatiana said...

I love me some good ol' sun! I've been trying to be better about it, bc I'm not a huge fan of cancer or looking like I'm 70yo when I'm in my 30s. BUT I LOVE THE SUN!!!! So it's a constant fight.

Tabitha Lynn said...

You're so right about our generation being saggy and gross when we're 60. But being tan is so much more fun.

I use to sell Arbonne, love their line.

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