Through much of my early twenties, and even as recent as a couple years ago, I would purchase a tanning package in the Spring so I would be nice and dark by the time Memorial Day rolled around. This year, after reading that 2/3 of skin cancer patients had used tanning beds, and that skin cancer rates for women in their 30’s has increased by 50%, I decided to go natural. By natural I mean super, pasty, milky, ultra creamy white.
Above you’ll see my daughter going into the water on her first ever trip onto the beach. Unfortunately, this is also an actual photo of my legs which you may notice are a (larger) version of my baby’s legs (including rolls). My natural skin tone is the same shade as my daughter’s legs which have never been exposed to the sun for more than a few hours total in her young life. I look like I’ve been living in a cave since last beach season.
Although I do not want to look like a leather handbag by the time I’m 40, I also do not want to look have the skin tone of an albino. So what to do? I’ve tried self-tanning lotions and turned a lovely shade of orange, and the idea of an all over spray tan seems like it would give me the same result only it would require me to be nearly naked and sprayed down with dye by a complete stranger. The additional element of embarrassment is enough for me to pass on this option. So I say to you, dear reader, let’s start a new trend. Let pale be the new tan this season lest we all end up leathery and ridden with skin cancer…or worse, we could all end up looking like Snookie.
*Special thanks to Jerzify Yourself for the glimpse into what could be. If you want to Jerzify for yourself, go to http://www.jerzifyyourself.com/?fbid=VxvKNq_hkC3