What do you think of tanning?

  1. Just curious what everyone thinks of tanning via tanning bed or other forms. Submit your answer via the poll and post any comments. Thank you!
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  2. Poll: Do you (or would you) use a tanning bed?

    • Yes, all the time! I can't stand being snow white.

      14.29% 11
    • Sometimes, for special occasions such as weddings or vacation, etc.

      24.68% 19
    • NO, NEVER! It's unhealthy and I don't want any of the harmful effects.

      33.77% 26
    • I use sunless tanning or mist on tans at the tanning salon.

      6.49% 5
    • I don't mind my pale white skin year round.

      20.78% 16
    77 Votes
  3. 52 Comments

  4. by   2ndCareerRN
    If I get sun, it doesn't bother me. I don't purposefully tan. If I don't get sun, it doesn't bother me. So, I guess I just don't care. I am sure there are many plastic surgeons and dematologists that feel quite differently though. They may say "avoid the sun", but I bet they love those who don't heed that advice.

    bob
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I wear sunscreen religiously. I use bronzing powder. I do not go out in the sun intentionally to tan.
  6. by   PennyLane
    Quote from LPN2Be2004
    I wear sunscreen religiously. I use bronzing powder. I do not go out in the sun intentionally to tan.
    Ditto. I also use self-tanner before going to the beach or occasionally in the summer when going to a wedding or something. I wear spf 30 every day on my face, even in the winter!
  7. by   LauraF, RN
    I think tanning beds make you old before your time. I think tanning period does that. I have a friend who is younger then me, maybe 32, and she has been tanning. She now looks older then me. She has facial wrinkles and her skin is weathered. I don't think there is anything wrong with those tans in a bottle though.
  8. by   Nurse Ratched
    There is a tanning salon right next to the dance studio we attend - I am absolutely horrified at the numbers of young people lining up to get tanned. Extremely opposed to it for myself.

    Also saw a 20-something melanoma pt this week.
  9. by   trent
    I would never recommend tanning for pleasure, but I did recommend it to my sister when her depression started to get worse with the short winter days. I did make her get all sunscreened up before she went, though.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    And some of these tanning bed worshippers walk around looking like a piece of charred bacon and think it looks great.
  11. by   happystudent
    Well, if you must know, I havent been tanning lately...I think i'm all set....LOL
  12. by   nurseunderwater
    I grew up in FL.....surfed all the time, fished, spent way tooo much time in the sun. looking toward a future of suspicious skin removal ::shudder::

    AND, i still like a little sun. hate being greenish/white.....italian genes.

    I know I should use alt methods like tanning creams etc. it just feels so good/
  13. by   MelRN13
    I used to tan, about three times a week for a month, just before summer to get a nice glow. Now that I'm pregnant, I obviously don't go, but I do get the airbrush spray on tan. It gives me a nice glow that lasts for about 2 weeks.
  14. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Sally Hensen (sp) came out with a spray-on tan for legs. Still trying to master this so i don't have to wear hose to church, but so far i'm succeeding in making a nice mess on the floor, and leaving me skin looking like i just stepped out of a mud puddle.
  15. by   missmercy
    Tanning....hmmm Isn't that when you actually get to lie still somewhere -- undisturbed for a period of time?! Ah yes, I think I did that once -- long ago when I was allowed outside durring daylight hours.....when I was young and carefree! It seems like every time I have been outside in the past few weeks it has been either snowing, raining, or DARK. HMMMM!


    Seriously, I don't try to tan anymore.... wear sunscreen when I am outside (if it's daytime ). Can't "sun myself" as mom used to call it -- don't want to sit still that long anyway -- usually garden or play w the kids.

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