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  1. #1
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    using sunbeds before a holiday

    i am going on holiday at the beginning of may.

    i'm only going for a week but would really like to catch a bit of a tan.

    before i go, i basically just wanna prepare my skin by using the sunbeds. just to get me started basically

    how long should i use them for? by that i mean, how many times should i go before going away? should i just go for a week/fortnight before i go? how often would i go and how many minutes would i go on for? i've never really used a sunbed (i used them once or twice when i was 16 but that was it!) so i'm clueless.

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    Last edited by blah blah blah; 17-03-2010 at 11:13 AM.

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    Don't do it, the sun is harmful enough...just get a spray tan before you go and use sunblock while you're there.

    http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/type/me...causes#sunbeds

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    mehhhh, my fella keeps going off on one about me wanting to use them.

    if i get a spray tan though, will i still tan properly?

    spray tans make most people look orange. i wouldn't want that!

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    Quite rightly, tbh, they're so dangerous.

    Spray tans can look natural if you don't go crazy. OR if you're going in May, try Holiday Skin - it builds the colour up gradually and it looks natural.
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    mmmm the thing is with those build up things, they end up looking really patchy on me. i exfoliate loads before using them but it just comes off in bits everywhere and looks horrible. wouldn't the same thing happen with a spray tan?

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    Possibly, but at least you won't get cancer.

    My stepdad's mum just had a lump the size of an orange taken out of her leg from skin cancer. That's even less attractive than slightly-patchy tan.
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    Why would you even want to be a different skin colour, i live in tanning heaven and i'm surrounded by girls with sunkissed golden tans (most of which are spray on) but i am soooo happy to be the pale white ghost (in comparison to them)...at least i'm an individual and proud of what God gave me!

    Contrastingly my sister who is 26, tans to a perfect golden brown but her skin looks like leather....no thank you very much!

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    Also research tanning places, find somewhere famous or that is part of a chain and you've seen how their tans look and then go there AND FOLLOW THEIR INSTRUCTIONS TO A T!!!! Because that's probably where you are having problems

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    It's funny how this site is all about telling people how to manage risk and avoid danger when taking drugs, having sex etc...but mention that you want a tan, and the line suddenly becomes one of abstinence rahter than risk aversion!

    I think it's a good idea to have a little bit of a tan before you go away, as it makes your skin more inclined to tan and less inclined to burn when you're in the sun.

    You should start going to the tanning place a few weeks before your holiday, and start off with sessions of about 3 or 4 minutes to begin with, about 3 times a week, gradually going on for longer as you build up your tan.

    However, the staff in the tanning salon should be able to advise properly about duration, frequency etc, so I would go and talk to them.

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    The reason i'm so against it is because it is an unnecessary risk to take. One can still tan without lying on a glass bed and taking in unfiltered UV rays! Seriously, what's the point? With drugs people get some pleasure out of it, but what pleasure do you get out of tanning that you cant get with a spray tan WITHOUT THE RISKS?

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    i see your concern but it is blah's decision and seems like it will be a one off for a holiday. blah i'd ask at the salon and just make sure you go to a reputable one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amira View Post
    The reason i'm so against it is because it is an unnecessary risk to take. One can still tan without lying on a glass bed and taking in unfiltered UV rays! Seriously, what's the point? With drugs people get some pleasure out of it, but what pleasure do you get out of tanning that you cant get with a spray tan WITHOUT THE RISKS?
    Not pleasure, but a better looking tan. Not at all streaky, doesn't look dirty when it's fading or dirty in creases of skin around your ankles etc. Plus it accustoms your skin to tanning so that you don't instantly burn when you lie in the sun.

    Obviously you're right about the risks, but drinking a beer, eating fatty food, crossing the road all have risks. Obviously it's not a good idea to become a sunbed addict, but that's because all risky activity should be done in moderation.

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    Burning is more harmful than tanning, so using sunbeds sensibly can be a good precaution.

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    They do say tan is actually skin damage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Gay View Post
    Burning is more harmful than tanning, so using sunbeds sensibly can be a good precaution.
    Any UV exposure is damaging to the skin and increases the risk of cancer. It's not definite that sunburn is more harmful than UV exposure without sunburn, and people shouldn't assume they're safe if they don't burn (even with suncream).
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