that being said, i almost never wore sunscreen as a youth. i went tanning a lot, and really never thought about the consequences about these actions, because i never got sun burned.
and now i'm beginning to appreciate the importance of sunscreen, etc. as i observe new freckles and wrinkles that weren't there before. i will (quite reticently) go tanning before hawaii, because i don't want another newport beach scenario on my hands (you know the whole, "well, i put on spf 40 this morning and have been out in the sun all day without reapplying and have the whole birth control that seems to make my skin go crazy thing going on, but i won't burn" idea that turns into the "i totally got burned and my skin peeled for the third time in my life" horror.) but i'm going to be smart about it. starting off in five minute increments and not going longer than ten. in the ultra ruva. and then loading on the sunscreen (like 40+++) when i get to Maui.
[i'm really hoping my italian genes will assert themselves and give me a little color. because i don't really do the whole pale thing well.]
anyway, the whole point of this post is to discuss alternate forms of "tanning" that are better for your skin and that don't involve copious amounts of sun damage. i highly recommend getting a spray on tan from the garden day spa in bountiful. even though you get a bit sticky and can't shower for six hours after application, it's the most realistic non-tan i've ever had. you do not look orange. promise.
the only downside is the, as i like to call it, "self-tanner" smell. but i suppose it's a small price to pay for healthier skin.
because i abhor the aforementioned "self-tanner smell," i don't use any full-fledged self tanners. but if you have any recommendations, please do share.
your reluctantly pale friend, l