Should I tan before going on vacation?

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Should I tan before going on vacation?

Remigirl Remigirl
So I've never gone any place tropical and for my birthday/valentines/ho neymoon, my husband wants to take me on a Caribbean cruise. I have tanned in the past but have since stopped due to the obvious health risks. I love looking tan but hate the idea of killing my skin. Anyway, my question is: Should I tan before I go on vacation? I really don't want to burn while I'm down there but I also don't really want to go tanning. I live in Maine and of course its the dead of winter so I'm pale as can be.
Thanks!
02/14/2011
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Emily! Emily!
Working up a light base tan before going on vacation will help to prevent a burn, but if you don't cover up and apply sunblock, a burn is inevitable... So, if it was me, I would for sure, but it all depends on what you feel comfortable with. What kind of complexion do you have?
02/14/2011
TheSinDoll TheSinDoll
I say pretty much the same as Emily. Just get a base tan so that you won't burn. You will still need to be responsible with the sunblock, but you won't have to hide in the shade.
02/14/2011
Mistress M. Mistress M.
Base tams are great.I'd have to agree with Emily and TheSinDoll.
02/14/2011
LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
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Originally posted by Remigirl
So I've never gone any place tropical and for my birthday/valentines/ho neymoon, my husband wants to take me on a Caribbean cruise. I have tanned in the past but have since stopped due to the obvious health risks. I love looking tan but hate ...
I wouldn't worry so much about getting a "base tan" as getting a really good quality sunblock. The reality is... any tan=sun damage and increases your risk of skin cancer. A base tan doesn't protect you from anything, barely equaling the protection of an SPF 4 sunscreen.

The best way to protect yourself from a burn AND permanent skin damage is using a good sunblock and reapplying often if you stay outside for an extended time. Consider an umbrella while you are out by the pool or on the beach if you are especially pale.
02/14/2011
Remigirl Remigirl
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Originally posted by Emily!
Working up a light base tan before going on vacation will help to prevent a burn, but if you don't cover up and apply sunblock, a burn is inevitable... So, if it was me, I would for sure, but it all depends on what you feel comfortable with. ...
I have fair skin but I tan very well.
02/14/2011
potstickers potstickers
Get a tan (slowly!) if you really feel like you need to, but definitely use LOTS of sunblock either way.
02/15/2011
indiglo indiglo
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Originally posted by LicentiouslyYours
I wouldn't worry so much about getting a "base tan" as getting a really good quality sunblock. The reality is... any tan=sun damage and increases your risk of skin cancer. A base tan doesn't protect you from anything, barely ...
This. Ditto. Any tan means you're damaging your skin. Get a good sunblock and reapply frequently. Maybe get yourself a cute hat with a brim too!
02/15/2011
liilii080 liilii080
I'd say no. Any tan is actually skin damage. Go with SPF, big sun hats, and try to stay out of the sun during peak hours.
02/15/2011
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
I just came back from a Caribbean cruise, and I have porcelain skin that turns red if I think about the sun.


This is my wisdom, take it or leave it:

Buy sunscreen before you get on the boat--and not vanity sunscreen, something around 35-45. Apply it BEFORE you get out in the sun so you don't have to think about it once you're on the islands (put it on with your bathing suit--or better, have your husband apply it for you.) Apply it every 4-6 hours, more frequently if you're swimming or doing sports that involve sweat. Don't forget those weird places you'd never think you'd burn--like your ears or your calves. Your ears really hurt when they peel, okay? Don't forget them. And don't forget your back--especially if you're going to be snorkeling on those lovely islas. If your hubby won't lube you up, get one of those spray on sunscreens.

Wear sunglasses, because if you can't see anything there's no point in being on the islands

Wear some kind of lip protectant (a lot of chapsticks have sunscreen, so do a lot of lipsticks) because, YES your lips can burn and that hurts, too.

Bring aloe and skin moisturizer, because even if you don't burn, the sun will dry out your skin, and that makes it even more vulnerable. Moisturize frequently and generously. The aloe is for when you forget your sunscreen

You will get a base tan from gentle frequent short term exposure to the sun; if you're outside in the sun from 4-6 every day, you're doing a much better tanning job than if you bake yourself from 12-1.


You can always go back to the boat if you get too burnt to get a coverup shirt/hat/more sunscreen.

And, just think: if you get really burnt on the islands, you're going to be in way too much pain to enjoy the rest of your trip and that would totally totally suck.
02/15/2011
Remigirl Remigirl
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Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
I just came back from a Caribbean cruise, and I have porcelain skin that turns red if I think about the sun.


This is my wisdom, take it or leave it:

Buy sunscreen before you get on the boat--and not vanity sunscreen, something ...
Thanks for the info! I would much rather just use sunblock so I'm glad I asked first. I hope you don't mind me asking but how did you like the cruise? I've heard very mixed reviews on some of the different lines.

Oh and ear burns sound terrible
02/15/2011
DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
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Originally posted by Remigirl
Thanks for the info! I would much rather just use sunblock so I'm glad I asked first. I hope you don't mind me asking but how did you like the cruise? I've heard very mixed reviews on some of the different lines.

Oh and ear ...
I absolutely loved it. Some parts I didn't like (I had a crappy time in Puerto Rico, because we landed mega late due to a big jerk blowing customs, and by the time we were done with out shore excursion, literally everything in the city except the bars was closed. We also didn't get to go to our final port because the weather was awful--it sounds like I had a bad time but honestly, I loved every minute of it. St. Thomas/St. John's was the most wonderful place I've ever been in my whole life.

But you asked about the cruise itself

The cruise experience will vary depending on your age, lifestyle and what cruise line you pick. Holland America, for example, is a very very different atmosphere than Royal Caribbean.

I had a great time, on and off the boat--but not everyone would, so I get that some people have awful experiences.


If you give me more of an idea of what cruise you're going on (which part of the Caribbean? what cruise line?) i can give you more info on what to expect/my thoughts and stuff. If you'd rather not post that, feel free to shoot me a message or post on my wall. I just came back from the Caribbean, and I have relatives that did a similar cruise on a different line two weeks before I did.
02/16/2011
Taylor Taylor
I would say to get a spray tan before you go if you are worried about looking pale. Going tanning will just damage your skin. Definitely wear sunscreen too.
02/16/2011
Victoria Victoria
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
I just came back from a Caribbean cruise, and I have porcelain skin that turns red if I think about the sun.


This is my wisdom, take it or leave it:

Buy sunscreen before you get on the boat--and not vanity sunscreen, something ...
Great, thorough advice! Yeah.. I am not into the tanning thing, it's just not good for your skin.
02/16/2011
Pleasure Piratess Pleasure Piratess
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Originally posted by Emily!
Working up a light base tan before going on vacation will help to prevent a burn, but if you don't cover up and apply sunblock, a burn is inevitable... So, if it was me, I would for sure, but it all depends on what you feel comfortable with. ...
I agree, a nice base-tan will not only make you feel more comfortable, but also help keep you from getting burned.
02/16/2011
Persephone's Addiction Persephone's Addiction
I'm so fair skinned that I can get a sun burn from being out in the sun for 20 minutes. I was concerned about getting a horrendous burn when I was going to be in Rome for 2 weeks (in July, during a heatwave, it was awful!)
Anyway, my roomie and I packed a bunch of spf 50 and we slathered ourselves with it a few times a day - and I did NOT burn. I gradually got a bit of a tan, but no redness, no peeling. I think the trick to not burning is just taking measures to prevent it once you're there. I don't think that doing preemptive damage is necessarily the right route.
02/16/2011
Emily! Emily!
Remigirl... It sounds like you're a skin type 2, wich means you have fair skin, but are able to tan with a carefully watched regiment. And no not every tan is skin damage, It's a burn that causes skin damage. So you actually are better off doing a few sessions at your local tanning salon before going on vacation. UVA is a natural light that affects the melanin in the the under layer of the skin to show more color. It's natural... that's what the melanin is there for.

I would suggest starting out in a regular bed (salons have different names for it like Turbo, Super or regular). Start off with 5 mins and work up slowly to 10, never boosting more than 2 minutes at a time. Use caution and let your skin be your guide.

NEVER USE SUNBLOCK IN A TANNING BED! This is super bad for both you and the bed. It can actually cause a burn because the UV light in a bed is controlled. It can also fuck with the acrylic and make it cloudy.

You are going to want to use some sort of indoor tanning lotion because skin tans much better when it's hydrated. Dry skin actually prevents the light from penetrating the top layer of skin.

So talk to someone at your local tanning salon as most of them will be smart tan certified. I hope this helped and if you have anymore questions, please do not hestitate to ask. Yes I do work at a salon and yes I am smart tan certified
02/16/2011
liilii080 liilii080
From the FDA:

"There is no such thing as a safe tan. The increase in skin pigment, called melanin, which causes the tan color change in your skin is a sign of damage... And, contrary to popular belief, getting a tan will not protect your skin from sunburn or other skin damage."

FDA Tanning Info

My grandmother died of malignant melanoma, my father has had skin cancers removed, as have I. If people want to tan, I don't preach, but, I know my tanning info and a tan is skin damage.
02/16/2011
Emily! Emily!
Yes tanning can be dangerous, that's why it's sooooo important to tan SMART!

It is a personal option... If skin cancer runs in your family, it's not a good idea to be tanning. Use fucking common sense...
02/16/2011
Emily! Emily!
Tanning is one of those things that you have to decide to do, even if there is a risk. Just like drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes... It's a CHOICE and I hate it when people preach not to.

liilii: I'm so sorry to hear about your grandmother and the all the skin cancer issues in your family.
02/16/2011
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