It's clearer than ever that tanning beds are dangerous and carcinogenic, but that apparently isn't stopping the people who are most vulnerable to skin cancer from using them — at least in the UK. The British Association of Dermatologists conducted a study and found that redheads and other pale, freckled people were the most likely to use tanning beds, even though they're at much, much higher risk of developing skin cancer already and almost never actually get a tan. So in lieu of prematurely aging yourself and damaging your skin, slather on wide-spectrum sunscreen and stick with the self-tanner instead.
Or, better yet, start trying to love the skin you were born with. This Bella grew up extra pale in a place where everyone else was golden brown, so I know how it feels. But for your health and psychological well-being, eventually you have to accept yourself and realize that other people's ignorance is their problem and that every skin tone is equally beautiful. That's just my two cents, but what do you think?
Luxury self-tanner brand St. Tropez lost the seal of approval from Prince's Trust, one of the UK's biggest children's charities, after releasing an ad with Kelly Osbourne. In the ad, she states that using fake tanner makes you look not only "10 lbs. skinnier" but also "healthy." She also stated that, before the self-tanner, she "looked like Miss Piggy," which is a pretty disheartening statement.
St. Tropez had been donating 10 pounds (no pun intended) from every purchase to the Trust, but after angry letters from parents about the ad's possible effect on kids, the charity pulled its official support. Kelly's natural skin tone is lovely, and she would look pretty at any weight, but self-tanning is a perfectly legitimate choice if it makes you happy. Do you think a statement like Kelly's would really drive young girls to have a poor body image, or are people overreacting?
Guy-targeted items like Kiehl's Facial Fuel Healthy Bronze ($22), Shiseido Men Moisturizing Self Tanner ($27), and Lancome Men Energizer Self Tanner ($41) now offer guys formulations in angular, streamlined blue or black bottles. In contrast, "female" self-tanners often come in rounded gold or pink bottles and have names like Bronze Goddess, Natural Glow, and Mocha Madness.
Even though the marketing is different, the product is the same. We wondered if a dude who'd never used self-tanner would be swayed by masculine branding. So we asked an actual guy. He made some good points, so to see what he had to say, just keep reading.
Remember a few years back, when we were all a-swim in self-tanner so powerful that many naturally fair-skinned girls walked around in a perpetual state of tiger-striped fake bake fade? I was watching all the fake tan on Jersey Shore the other night and realized that, although it's still all over the place on the show, I'm seeing a lot less of it in real life these days. Maybe it's just that it's Winter, but there's a lot less faux tan on the shelves at the drugstore, too. I'm glad for people to fake tan if it means not being exposed to harmful UV rays, but I can't say that I'd be sad to see us become more accepting of the beauty of natural skin tones across the board. What do you think? Is the self-tanner craze over, or are we just in a lull?
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Vain mamas-to-be maintain their appearances during their nine months by keeping up their hair color, exercise routines, manicures and pedicures. When it comes to their complexions, some expectant ladies shield themselves from the sun as the skin becomes more sensitive and prone to burn. Self-tanning cream can accelerate the motherly glow for those women. While some may question the dangers of applying such lotions or sprays while carrying a child, others deem them safe. What's your take on self-tanning lotions during pregnancy?