keep tanning. you look good in leather.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


i think this phrase was in NY magazine for a dermatology ad. if you know the source, shout it out.

i may be a bit anal with the sunscreen, but this pretty much sums it up.

i remember laying out by the pool day after day (sans sunscreen) when i was a teenager. i also remember going to the tanning bed. yes, a tanning cesspool of germs, disease, and malignant moles. it was a contest to see which girl on the cheerleading squad could have the tannest legs.

as i got closer to college, we figured out that maybe tanning beds weren't such a good idea and using a moisturizer with spf should do the trick.

now? i don't leave the house without a summer hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen slathered from nose to toes.

i have to wonder.... what will we figure out that we shouldn't be doing in the next 10 years?

37 comments:

Rebecca - A Daily Something said...

Blogging? ;)

I have similarly had a recent (last 2 or so years) transformation in my belief about sunscreen and don't leave the house w/out at least spf 15 on my face. It's so so much healthier.... Love the title of your post, btw!

Pretzel Thief said...

I don't know, but what I DO know is that I was also one of those teens who thought tans were the be all and end all (::groan::)...

I've never once been to a solarium, but in the summer I'd tan in the backyard when beach wasn't a possibility. While I've always tanned easily and get a deep chocolate tan, I no longer like to do it like I did back then. If I get it by default (swimming, drying off, walking around), then fine (I'm a big sunscreen user, too), but it's no longer an "Okay, now I shall tan for two hours" type thing.

First of all, it's unsafe. Second, it's BORING AS HELL.

Ahem. That is all. (Hee!)

rebecca said...

rebecca-
in 10 years i predict new psychology studies for blogging brain. people referring to their every day lives in post format.

pretzel thief-
i love your soapbox rant and couldn't agree more.

HazelandMare said...

When I was growing up my mom slathered us in sunscreen every time we stepped outside and got mad if we returned from a day away with a sunburn. So when I got to college, as some sort of weird rebellion, I would play in the sun all day without a lick of sunscreen, thinking I was a renegade. I realized after I graduated though, that moms are way smarter then we give them credit for. Now I'm proud to be the palest girl in all my group pictures. ;) Sunscreen rocks!

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

Love the title of your post! I'm an African American and I wear sunscreen ALL the time. I was recently at the beach and the scene looked just like your pics. I felt particularly sorry for the young people.

rebecca said...

tiffany-
when i see sun bathers in central park i feel compelled to tap them on the shoulder and ask.... "where have you been for the past 10 years?"

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

I wanted to ask the young people at the beach the same thing! So sad...

colleen said...
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colleen said...

oh i love this post. since i was little i have been a nut about wearing suncreen and keeping out of the sun. i get a lot of anxiety when i get a tan or burn (don't i sound fun?!) but i'm really fair and cancer really sucks and i would perfer not to have it. i always tell my friends who tan that they can enjoy their wrinkles, i'll stick with being pale.

Inessa said...

on my first trip to New york we went out to Montague and saw a women tanning topless, when she went to flip over her chest was completely burned, that can't feel good!!

withoutizy said...

I'm a naughty girl. I've tanned a little on my holiday. I think I'm going to have to find a naturally tanned man to marry so my kids aren't so silly. I think I'll have to.

adele said...

Thankfully I've only had 2 sunbeds in my life. I'm so careful in the sun & can't tolerate it like I used to xoxo
http://www.intotheblonde.com/

Abby said...

I am always surprised to learn that someone still goes "tanning" at a salon. I know a lot (like, a lot) of people who still tan regularly and I just don't get it.

jillian m. said...

I'm with you. I don't ever leave the house without SPF on my face, neck and hands (or any other part that may be exposed). It's tough because I love the look of a tan!

I suspect in the next few years, they will tell us veggies cause heart disease and sugar is good for us, haha. It's just how they keep going back and forth with eggs. Are they good for us? Are they not good for us? Whatever. I eat them anyway!

Rebeka said...

Oh my gosh, I was the same way in High School. And the worst part is that I have always been really fair skinned so it takes a lot for me to get a tan. Future Rebeka hates high school tanned Rebeka so much. Ha.
Also I really love the title of your post.
And as for things we shouldn't be doing, I'm going to throw Alcohol out there (not that my prediction is deterring me any now).

Danielle said...

I don't use sunscreen that often unless I am going to be out the sun all day. Maybe I should start!

Mo Pie, Please said...

I went to a tanning bed once and felt so awkward and out of place. I'm pale and don't need to be trying to get more freckles and sunburns because I don't tan. My skin doesn't even really take to spray tans very well, so pathetic haha! I'm glad pale is cool.

rebecca said...

meagan (mo pie)-
i'm bringing pale back. have been for a while.

Jennifurla said...

hehe, I too visited tanning bed with my mom when younger. Times do change, although sometimes it does feel good to just soak up som rays.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

cell phones- we'll figure that out.

PoetessWug said...

The answer to your last question:

"...what will we figure out that we shouldn't be doing in the next 10 years?"

is probably 'breathing in and out'!! LOL

xoxo, dania said...

that's so true!! it's definitely something to think about!

http://xoxo-carolinalove.blogspot.com

Teresa said...

Oh Rebecca I've never entered a Solarium in my entire life, nor do I have the curiosity. In fact, the sole idea of having a claustrophobic attack while naked and in sun glasses leaves me breathless of so much laughing ahahahahah.

I live in a sun-all-year-around-country, or mostly and I've seen the effects of the sun in family members (I come from a rural family) who worked the land againts the smooth and clear skin of the aunts that were at home, so the idea of laying in the sun makes me think of prunes - it takes long to shrivel and darken like that, but there's no coming back.

You should tan naturally with the sun rays you that bath your skin, but you're not meant to cook...

We'll figure out - in 10 years - that you weren't meant to become slave of anything. That what isn't natural - talking 2 hours in a row in a mobile, eating chili beans on Summer, taking pills to combat what's natural like loss, sadness etc - (was) is not good for you.

Follow your nature. Trust your instincts. The ones that were given to you by your forebearers the right way.

Teresa said...

The source:

http://www.skincancer.org/images/stories/Glow/2011/Go%20With%20Your%20Own%20Glow%202011%20Ads%203.pdf

{The Perfect Palette} said...

he he, isn't it funny how your thoughts on certain subjects like this change throughout the years? I don't tan anymore at all but I sure used to!

xoxo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

Saretta said...

I gave up once I figured out that no matter what I do, a tan is just not going to happen on my body. I have resigned myself to my destiny as a human mozzarella!

rebecca said...

saretta-
the human mozzarella made me smile.

la petite coquine said...

Cell phones-John is always telling me he has a phone shaped brain tumor. Oh, well!

Jacqueline said...

yeah, i'm the same way with sun protection.

i'll add in cell phones and soda as things that we'll find out are no bueno for us in the future (shame, because i love both!).

iris said...

I also recently discovered that if you put on sunscreen, and then clothing, and then go swimming...you should really re-apply after you remove the clothing. Apparently, it rubs off. I got some of the worst burns, but only where my clothing originally was, lol.

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

I am an spf freak, I have so many tubes of sunscreen in my bathroom. If only I could remember to use them all the time! I cringe when I think back on my sunbathing days--oh well! Hope you have a wonderful {sun protected} weekend!

xo Mary Jo

Julie {love, julie} said...

I love being tan (who doesn't) so I am addicted to Jergans self tanner and a high spf lotion. I have a great color and I get compliments on my "tan" all the time :)

rebecca said...

julie-
props to you. i've yet to perfect the self tanning thing.

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

That's such an interesting question! I haven't tanned...well, ever. I just burned. So I learned early.

And I've missed you, darling! I had you on my google reader and when you switched blog urls, your feed must have changed. I'm so glad I'm back now -- and I'm in NJ too!

Erin said...

Great post!

LL said...

i'm hoping in the next ten years, that people figure out things like cheetos are not food... and i also wouldn't mind if we found out that shaving our legs is borderline deathly and should be avoided at all costs. is that too tall of an order?

shopgirl said...

hmmm...interesting post. It's good to know we all learn from our mistakes. On that note, Italians love to tan even in their twilight years. I don't think they've heard of skin cancer yet. .-).

Hope you're having a happy day! p.s. just to let you know, I recently opened my etsy shop. http://rambleswithreese.etsy.com

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