I Love My Pale Skin
A few weeks ago I was asked by two fakely tanned women whether I was going to start tanning for the summer season. I got straight to the point when answering their question by responding that I wasn't planning on tanning and I that I love my white porcelain skin. They didn't seem to approve my personal choice and told me that I should think about it before the summer starts.
They made it seem like it was a crime to be pale!
Disclaimer: Before ya'll judge me, I just want you to know that I'm not against being out in the sun and living up life. To prove this I've posted a photo of me in the ocean with the sun BEATING DOWN down at me. I know it's fun to be in the sun, but it's only ok if you protect your skin properly.
Overall though, I genuinely don't get the hype of tanning. I just don't get it. I live in Southern California and the sun shines in this part of the world nearly everyday. If I wanted to be tan I could do it very easily, but there are plenty of reasons why I don't tan or plan to tan ever. Here is a list of reasons why I think tanning should be banned as well as my personal reasons as to why I don't tan:
Reason #1: Sun Tanning Causes Cancer
I'm pretty pale. Not because of the fact that I stay indoors a lot or stay out of the sun, but because of my genetics. I mean my friggin' nickname is Milk Bottle. I'm not sure if all of you are aware that naturally pale people are more prone to skin cancer as compared to darker skinned people. If you're white like me I would consider never leaving the house without sunscreen. I don't. I also know that just because I wear sunscreen doesn't mean I'm fully protected from the UVA and UVB damage from the sun. I want to protect my skin and prevent any problems for myself in the future, so I make my best effort to protect my skin. I think that's enough of a reason why no one should ever sun tan, but cancer clearly isn't a problem for a majority of the people who sit in the sun or tanning beds during the summer season. As I say, "Your body, your cancer!".
If you're interested in reading a quick piece on sun screen and skin cancer you can click HERE.
Reason #2: Chemicals Make My Skin Peel
Besides the fact that I'm pale and more prone to developing skin cancer, I'm also very sensitive to any skin product such as lotions, makeup, and tanning products. There is no way you are going to get me to put a horrible smelling product on my skin so it can soak up into my body, give me a rash or another allergic reaction, and eventually enter my blood stream. I have't tried many tanning products to be completely honest, but at the moment, I'm not very sold to the tanning hype and you won't catch me spending loads of money on any tanning products.
Reason #3: Sun Damage Makes You Age Quicker
Women always ask me what I do to keep my skin so clear and youthful looking. I know I'm young but I do have really good skin and I owe it mainly to staying out of the sun and washing my face properly at night. If I know I'm going to be out in the sun during the day I make an effort to constantly top up my sunscreen and cover myself up so that I don't burn and damage my skin. I'm not a vampire or anything, but I'm always aware of protecting my skin. I don't fall into the category of women who wear CC creams with SPF products in them because a majority of them won't really protect my skin.
Reason #4: I Think Tanning Makes People Look Like They Are Trying Too Hard. Sorry.
Why does summer instantly mean tanning season? Who made that a rule? Who said being pale during the summer is a sin? Who? Nobody! So why having tanned skin a hyped up thing? Who cares what other people's skin color is during the summer season or any season at all!? This tanning hype is such a westernized scam and people need to start opening up their eyes to the fact that it's not necessary/expected to have tanned skin during the summer. If you're a tanner, then stop expecting other people to do it. I don't judge you for tanning, so I would appreciate it if you didn't judge me for leaving my poor skin alone. Thanks.
Reason #5: I Actually Like My Skin the Way That It Is
I love my white skin. I think it goes well with my dark features. It makes me stand out and I'm confident enough to say I wouldn't change it for the world.
This post was quite the rant wasn't it? Oh boy!
I would love to hear what your take is on tanning, so if you have any strong opinions leave them down below in the comments.
As always thanks for much for stopping by.