Glow safely

Tuesday, April 8, 2008
After much thought and reading scary, but true, stories about skin cancer, I have given up tanning beds. I believe the last time I was tanning was last March after I read an article in Allure that scared the living shit out of me. I can't find it online to save my life, but it worked that well so you know it was a well written article. Anyway, after reading this from Alexa at Cleveland's a Plum, I realize that I made the right decision to stop tanning. However, I decided that I don't want to be pasty white anymore, and I need to gain some color somehow in a safe way. Ta-dah! Sunless tanner! As far as my heritage goes from, I'm a cross between a good looking Croatian-Hungarian and Polish chick, which means I didn't end up with Hungarian skin -- I'm stuck with Polish skin. Now don't get me wrong, I definitely tan but not as easily as my mom and brother can. Damn them.

The B.F. constantly reminds me how pasty I am. He sometimes shields his eyes as if I'm blinding him when I get out of the shower or am changing outfits. He once told me he broke up with a girl because she was too pale. (I doubt it.) Seriously...I'm not that damn white. I fake a good golden brown with NARS Bronzer on my face and neck. Truly, isn't that all that matters until I put on a bathing suit?

If you are looking for a new sunless tanning lotion, try this one here. I got the recommendation from Kristin, Beauty Addict, after reading through her many trials from this past summer. Kristin -- you better be right with this one!

9 comments:

Mel said...

I also gave up tanning after my first sunspot appeared on my face, of all places.

My favorite sunless is bare escentuals faux tan -- use gloves LOL. But when I'm strapped for time (and funds), I use banana boat's airbrush tanning spray. The color is great!

rachel elizabeth said...

i'm not even reading whatever is located at that link you posted. is it still bad if i go tanning here and there and then use self tanner to get the desired effect? i really do love the 20 minutes or so of warm, uninterrupted alone time... xo

Alexa said...

allison thank you so much for posting this!

i really appreciate it : )

Deutlich said...

aww - my mom's really pasty too and hates it.

i always giggle.. i'll never have that problem, haha. that .. was kinda mean but it IS my mom. so yeah.

Jackie said...

Ok. That article scared the hell out of me too. Let me know if that sunless tanner works, I am way too pasty and have 4 weddings I am in this summer.

Allison M. said...

I'm a fan of it. I do recommend putting on a thin layer lotion first, then lather on the tanning lotion. Or, maybe mix in your regular lotion to "thin" it out at first. I have very few streaks.

surviving myself said...

if you're tan when you shouldn't be - like the winter - it's gross.

tanning beds ridiculous.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

A guy I was sorta dating in the past came to NYC and we met up and the FIRST thing he said was, "damn New York made you pale."

So thanks for this, I'm gonna buy it. So I dont look like a fucking ghost.

michelle v said...

Remind me to give you a few bottles of sunless tanner... they never work for me.