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I am naturally blonde with skin to match. It burns easily to being with, but once it get going goes a nice golden colour.
Now I don't sunbathe (can't stand the boredom) but I do like to be outdoors and I do like it when I have a bit of colour. I am always very careful not to burn, but I know this tan is still damage. Doesn't stop me doing it though and looking at the colour of the other mums at school today, I'm not alone. Why do we still love it so much?
I can't tan to save my life, if I don't have factor 30 on I burn to a crisp and even being out in the sun all day (with the factor 30 on obviously) doesn't tan me, I just go a healthy shade of white. And fake tan just looks on me, so I am permanently lily white. You learn to live with it. <<sigh>>
DD1 came in recently to tell me how her friend who is 8 was just back from holiday and her friend was saying "Oh look at my tan". DD1 was moaning how white she was (celtic colouring) I said it is much better to be pale and interesting.
Have you noticed though how many of the 'young folk' flaunt their white limbs in a pale state though, it's becoming a bit of a fashion amongst teens nowadays. Maybe I am 'in' for the first time in my life. Seb, I like the pale and interesting <<floats round being pale and interesting>>
My sis in law has put me off of tans though, she never uses sun cream and always have a very deep dark tan but, her skin is now starting to get those dark sun spot patches and she's starting to look a bit leathery. Maybe it's my age that makes me think that though.
I can't take any sun at all on my white freckly skin. But am far too pale to have my legs out without some fake tan on. So I just put a light fake tan on my legs if I am planning to wear a skirt. Pale and interesting wasn't in when I was in my teens, and I don't think pale and saggy will be in now
I love a light tan but hate sunbathing and always have. Got a bit of colour on holiday earlier this year and like having brown legs for once so I have started using the Garnier tinted moisturiser which is the best I've tried so far. It rubs in well and doesn't look patchy and most importantly is not orange! It's a hint of tan more than a radioactive glow!
I am pleased that altho I'm 40 people on make up counters tell me I don't need anti-aging stuff but I have pigmentation problems on my forehead - it goes blotchy in the summer - and I'm sure it's down to my forehead catching the sun too much when I was younger and used to spend lots of time in the pool/sea in sunny weather.
its a home diy spray jobbie. um...loreal? not sure, but its a fine mist and you can get a face one and a body one. as long as i go easy and build it up in layers over days, it seems to go on pretty evenly. i used to be expert at the full body cream rub in sort of stuff, but i really couldnt be arsed these days. would prob cock it up too.
and yes, mintchoc, I'm the same with ds, factor 50, t-shirt on him after a short while, sorting his sunshade out whilst he's reading on the sunbed.....meanwhile, I'm lying on a lilo in the middle of the pool so that the rays reflect off the water and hopefully tan me even quicker. And then staying on my sunbed in the sun even though I'm actually a bit too hot "cos I'm on my hols, it'll be raining back home!!"