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Tanning beds--A waste of money?


I bring this topic up because one of my coworkers went to the salon for
the first time--most likely because another co-worker recently came
back from the Caribbean and was all nice and brown, so she wanted the
same appearance--which I find a waste of money since she has kids to
think about (in her case). So they told her since it's your first time you're
supposed to be in the bed for 3 minutes only, however she was mistakenly in
for a whole 7min!

She got completely burned! She looked like a tomato--it was hilarious! I just shook my head.

I've read tanning beds cause skin cancer because of the UV rays and is the most common cancer diagnosed in Canada. So would
you risk getting skin cancer-all for the sake of beauty?
Feb 06, 2010 @ 07:46 pm

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What's wrong with pale?

I don't think it's worth it. What's wrong with embracing your paleness? If anything... you can always fake it with a good bronzer or self-tanner!

Great bronzer recs: NARS Laguna ( my fav - which I should probably rate btw), Rimmel London Natural Bronzer (cheap and effective!). Also heard great things about Cargo bronzers and Benefit's Hoodia.

I don't know that much about self tanners though. The only one I've tried is a lotion/tanner duo - Jergen's Natural Glow and I didn't like it much. I'm sure other members could recommend some brands.

I think people go to tanning salons knowing the risks but choose not to think about it. I know people who go to tanning salons say it can get addictive and they cannot stop going after a few preliminary sessions. I think there's too much risk with increased freckling,
sun burn and skin cancer so I would rather stay away from them.
Feb 06, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

Saying no

When I was in high school tanning salons were all the rage. There was one down the street from my school, and after school you would find tons of girls there lining up to get in the beds, especially around prom time.

I'll admit it, I was one of those girls. However, it's been numerous years since I've set foot in a tanning bed, and I don't planning on reacquainting myself with one anytime soon.

Number one reason: it's bad for your health. I mean, it causes cancer! Why would you subject yourself to a very well-known cause of the disease when it is in your hands not to? And when you think of the payoff of doing it, it's just tanning. It doesn't make that big of a difference in the way you look. Plus, there's something you may have heard of called natural sunlight that will help you darker. Though no one should spend time in the sun in excess, it's much less harmful than tanning beds, and provides Vitamin D.

Another reason not to do it: aging. A beauty editor once told me that along with smoking, tanning is the number one preventable aging accelerator.

You may like the look of your golden skin now, but 10 years down the road you may be cursing yourself for it.
Feb 08, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

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