5.14.2007

FAIR SKIN

I have never been able to tan very easily without sunburning first. So, today I decided to go for a long walk during the middle of the day without sunscreen hoping that I would get a little sun (especially on my legs) so that I wouldn't be so pale this summer.

Then this evening I was talking to my sister, Caitlin, who is going to school to be an Esthetician. She told me that after everything she has learned about skin, she will never leave the house again without wearing sunscreen. In addition to causing skin cancer, tanning speeds up skin aging. Have you ever been to the beach and seen those older women who look like leather... the "Crypt Keeper" ladies? That is a result of too much tanning! Duh.

The Crypt Keeper (aka Leather)

So, as dorky as it may sound, I am committing here to wearing sunscreen, hats, etc. and being unfashionably fair skinned this summer (unless of course I decide to go get one of those spray on tans, but I'd rather save my money). I don't want to be the leather Crypt Keeper lady that scares all the children at the beach.

I invite you to join me. Let's be pale together! For motivation, here are some fair skinned beauties:





12 comments:

  1. That is the exact picture I was telling you about! I am so proud of you! Finally someone gets it! I will join you in being pale! We will live long and have beautiful skin! I have so many friends who say "Well at least I'll die with a great tan!" That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard! If you tan you must have a death wish! Sorry to be so harsh.. but it's true. There is no such thing as a healthy tan,.. unless it comes out of a bottle. Just know, if you ever see me looking dark, its not coming from a metal bed, or the sun. Oh and one more tip for the mothers: The number one mistake we make as parents is when applying sunscreen on our children. You must apply the sunscreen on at least 30 minutes before going into the pool!Or else it just washes off. And you must keep re-applying it every 30-60 minutes. If your kid gets burned, the worst thing is to put sunscreen over the burn and think they will be protected the next day. One blistering sunburn doubles the likelihood of developing malignant melanoma. Sorry for the l o n g comment. But i hope this info helped someone.

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  2. I've been a supporter of sunscreen ever since my grandma first had skin cancer. I gave up on getting rid of my farmer's tan, too. I know I look dumb with pale shoulders and tan forearms, but at least everyone knows I'm modest right? (That's my consolation for looking silly, anyway.)

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  3. Look at the face that little boy is making!

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  4. As an esthetician, I'm very proud of you. I try and convince all of these silly girls in Utah that being tan (esp. from a tanning bed) is not a good idea. It destroys your skin. I'm with you!!!

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  5. You forgot Kirsten Dundst. She is a fair skinned hottie. I think she looks like Cristin.

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  6. Is that picture for real????????? Nasty! yuck! I made the same face as the little boy! Also I am totally fair skinned so I'm with you as well.

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  7. When my siblings make fun of my more fair skin I just tell them that's it's a celestial look i'm going for :). I hope you remember who I am, I haven't seen you since our Wymount days. I didn't know you had a son already! congrats! He's adorable! we started a blogspot account last month, feel free to check it out at http://mrscottsmithfamily.blogspot.com

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  8. Amen to that!!!! Love the photo of fair Gwen. I think she is gorgeous.

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  9. These women are beautiful! Ever since I was young, I loved the quote in the Book of Mormon, "fair and delightsome". Too bad most of the world just thinks you don't look healthy! I was unfortunate to grow up as a child in Arizona swimming pools during the 50's and 60's with no sunscreen! In the 70's, my friends would lay out with baby oil covering their skin! I've had hundreds of bad burns when I was younger. At least this generation can do better if they choose.I'm so thankful for sunscreen now...I put it on my face and arms every single morning.
    I'm trying to syche myself up to getting into a swim suit next month when we go to Hawaii...I needed your blog to encourage me since I am so white, people have to use sunglasses to look at my reflective skin!

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  10. I worry the damage has been done for me. I am guilty of wanting tans to look healthy. Everyone always told me I looked better with a little color. :-)
    But I've also decided there is a trend in Hollywood (which of course I will follow ha ha) of fair being considered beautiful.
    So...today at Ditte's urging, I bought some Neutragena lotion that if used daily is supposed to slowly darken my skin a little. Any advise? Am I going to look orange?
    Anyone tried these products yet? I liked this Neutragena one because it also contained sunscreen.

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  12. ARE HER BOOBS ON HER LAP??? That is the only thing that is disturbing about that picture.

    Tyler states- I am the one that coined the phrase "Crypt Keeper" referring to over tanned people.

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