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To totally BOYCOTT self tan??? I am sick of people 'comparing' their tans.

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WhateverGurrl Fri 24-Aug-12 22:17:30

I am fair skinned with a slight olive tone to it. My family are obsessed with having a tan, albeit a real one. They always go on and on about their stupid tans in the summer which annoys me greatly...what annoys me more is that for the last few years I have been using self tan regularly to get that 'perfect glow' the media and stupid others go on about all the I can look acceptable and 'healthy'.
Well as of yesterday I am boycotting tanning. I am embracing my fair skin and aside from obviously getting the much important vitamin D into my system, that's where it stops. I feel like a bit of an idiot when women all around the world in India, Pakistan, China etc are desperate for white skin and are trying all means of ways to get it. I want to fully embrace it and be happy with it. Who's with me?


OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Fri 24-Aug-12 22:33:57

Comparing tans seems to be taking it a bit over the top, YANBU to be irritated by that.

I love having a proper, not faked tan, but I am far from being an English rose. Couldn't care less whether other people are tanned or not though, so if you want to ditch the fake tan, then go for it.

WhateverGurrl Fri 24-Aug-12 22:36:04

I am also outraged at the price of freddos. They used to be 5p on the way home from school. They are now 20 sodding p.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Fri 24-Aug-12 22:36:59

I know!! Hence my outrage! grin

NurseBernard Fri 24-Aug-12 22:38:56

This is a very UK thing.

In countries which do tend to get a bit of sun during the summer, tans are not looked on in the same way at all. And getting one out of a bottle is more than a little déclassé...

Yes, definitely start the boycott - change has to start somewhere!! grin

JollyHockeyStick Fri 24-Aug-12 22:40:42

I don't use fake tan. I never have. Someone commented on my lovely tan the other day and asked if we'd been away. I said I was actually weatherbeaten because spending any all your time inside with a toddler is no fun.

Panzee Fri 24-Aug-12 22:42:10

All fake tans look orange. And don't come on here telling me yours doesn't, it does. It might be a lighter orange, but orange it is. And I will sing the Ooompa Loompa song at you. :O

HmmThinkingAboutIt Fri 24-Aug-12 22:47:43

Flying back long haul from somewhere we had a change at Charles De Gaul. You could tell our flight back to Manchester by the orange fake tans at the gate. No need to check the number.


I'm happy with my skin tone and really see no need to cremate it, or dye it.

WhateverGurrl Fri 24-Aug-12 22:52:50

Fake tan smells like biscuits and shit.

I am sick of the fcuking media and TOWIE people dictating to the world how to get bronzed. I really am starting to see that dewy beauty in fair skin now, whereas before I always wanted browner skin. Scarlett Johannssen rocks hers for one smile

squoosh Fri 24-Aug-12 22:53:15

I am a very fair skinned girl and always longed for a sun kissed tan. For approximately a decade I happily exfoliated, moisturised and fake tanned. God knows how many hours I spent doing this.

One day about a year ago I thought 'no more!'. It's time consuming, never looks like a real tan, is never completely even, and what the hell is wrong with my fair skin anyway??

I now love my look. I've noticed that fashion and celebs are much less fake tan extremo these days, pale has become quite cool.

I hope never to fake tan again!

WhateverGurrl Fri 24-Aug-12 22:54:27

squoosh - I agree completely :D

Anyone got any tips on caring for fair skin in particular?

bobbledunk Fri 24-Aug-12 22:55:04

Nobody looks good orange.

Noqontrol Fri 24-Aug-12 22:56:24

I couldn't be bothered to spend the time putting fake tan on anyway. Fake tan is nasty.

LucieMay Fri 24-Aug-12 22:56:42

I love my natural tan I get in the summer but am equally happy to fade back to pale in the winter. I'm a big fan of natural skin tones, whether it's olive skinned or pale. Unnatural skin tones do not tend to suit anyone.

LindyHemming Fri 24-Aug-12 22:59:29

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WildWorld2004 Fri 24-Aug-12 23:13:38

I for one am proud of my blue looking skin. I go white in the sungrin

I do not know how anyone can think fake tan is a good look. Why would you want to look orange?

squoosh Fri 24-Aug-12 23:16:03

Being newly pale has shown me though how few makeup companies make shades that suit really pale people. None of the high street brands have a shade pale enough for me now.

Bobbi Brown has a really good range, although I accidentally went a shade too pale once and ended up looking like an extra from Twilight.

I think 60's style flicky eyeliner looks really good against pale skin.

WhateverGurrl Fri 24-Aug-12 23:17:15

all skin colours are beautiful without doubt.

WhateverGurrl Fri 24-Aug-12 23:20:02

my skin is fair, I wouldn't say exactly pale as such, but has yellow undertones. I've got a partly Jewish background of unknown ethnicity so it has this slight olive look to it..and makes finding foundation a nightmare. I find that strangely enough, my face absolutely refuses to tan and has tiny freckles over it in the summer. I just want to be able to embrace it and to own it!

OddBoots Fri 24-Aug-12 23:20:41

YANBU to not fake tan, there is nothing wrong with anyone's natural skin colour and anyone suggesting otherwise needs to think very carefully about what they are saying.

squoosh Fri 24-Aug-12 23:24:37

I have been told that in China/India it's really difficult to buy a moisturiser that doesn't have a whitening agent in it. So depressing.

One side of the world fries their skin under the sun or worse, sunbeds and the other half are bleaching their skin with God knows what.

hermionestranger Fri 24-Aug-12 23:25:23

YANBU! Fair is fabulous! Fake is foul! I am very fair skinned and can't be arsed with fake, too much hassle.

bubalou Fri 24-Aug-12 23:25:42

I'm a a typical English rose. Very pale skin that doesn't tan - at all - ever.

The only way for me to get a glow is to fake it. Which I rarely do.

Makes me kind of wish for people to still find curvaceous pale women attractive - I would be hot back in them days!!!


WhateverGurrl Fri 24-Aug-12 23:38:23

bubalou - lol to be appreciated for being curvy and pale, head to countries outside the uk! The whiter the better and curvier is extremely desirable in most cultures smile

sashh Sat 25-Aug-12 04:05:20

Another pale and not so interesting here. I have never had a tan, real or fake, although I have burned a lot (not deliberate, don't flame me, I was wearing factor 50 and a T shirt).

In Bali I paid for a 10 min massage on the beach. After 10 mins the woman wouldn't stop, I told her I wasn't paying her any more but she said that she didn't want money she just wanted to massage 'lovely white skin'.

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