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  • How to get the Primal TAN?

    Hi!

    I wondered how to become more tanned, since I am from a cold area where the sun doesn't shine a lot, plus I am really, really, really light skinned and have light hair.

    I already take Vitamin D pills, but they don't seem to help.

    Any other advice? I thought about going to solarium, but I am scared to become red and not look healthy tanned but... well .. like I go to the solarium.

    Please help.
    Grok from Germany

    Primal since End/Beginning of 2010/2011

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    • #3
      I wasn't aware that vitamin D would make you tan.

      I use tanning beds/booths occasionally, typically in early Spring before it's warm enough to sunbathe. If you don't over-do it, and moisturize properly, this can work just fine. I typically only go once or twice a week at most. I'm probably going to buy a package at the beginning of March. I also find that a few trips to the tanning salon before summer hits gets me "primed" for summer so that I don't get a bad sunburn the first time I'm out in the sun too long.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
        I wasn't aware that vitamin D would make you tan.
        I thought you get Vitamin D from sunlight.
        Grok from Germany

        Primal since End/Beginning of 2010/2011

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        • #5
          You do, but your question makes it sound like you're taking Vitamin D to get tan, in which case it doesn't work.

          Do you want more vitamin D, or a tan, or both?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by traintolive View Post
            I thought you get Vitamin D from sunlight.
            True, but it's not the actual vitamin D that's making your skin darker. It's the UVA and UVB rays from the sun which affect the melanin in your skin. Supplementing with vitamin D is great and you should continue to do it, but it will not give you a tan.

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            • #7
              as great as they are for your general health, i'm pretty sure vitamin d pills won't do anything to enhance your tan...and if you're going for a "natural tan", you're probably not going to be able to get that from a solarium (is that the same thing as a tanning bed?). generally, most tanning beds give people that "orange look". there are some lotions and creams that i know give people a little bit of pigment to their skin, but the same thing goes - a lot of them will just turn you orange. but if the solarium and the lotions are your only option, i say go for it - as long as you do lots of research and get many, many customer reviews, just in case!

              IMO, just being outside as much as possible is best. even if the sun isn't completely shining, you'll still absorb UV rays even if it's overcast/hazy. if you do get a little sun, go to the beach or someone's backyard pool...the reflection of the sunlight off the water will intensify the sunlight. rubbing coconut oil into your skin does the same thing (plus it makes you smell good, it's a win-win!)

              but be careful either way - since you said you have really light skin to begin with, you'll have to take it reeeeally slow so you don't burn!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                You do, but your question makes it sound like you're taking Vitamin D to get tan, in which case it doesn't work.

                Do you want more vitamin D, or a tan, or both?
                Oh sorry. Yeah I want both.
                Grok from Germany

                Primal since End/Beginning of 2010/2011

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                • #9
                  you might check out the info at tanningguru.com. he's danish and has done a fair bit of research.

                  we are considering tanning for about 10 minutes twice a week in low flow bulbs with a UVA/UVB balance. it's enough to get more D, and then also to have just a slight "pink" response (not a burn), and then you *moisturize* like crazy. avocado, coconut, calendula added in, good for ya.

                  then there might be a "base tan" which is a nice glow, without being orange (which comes from spray and over tanning), and also gets consistent D conversion from the uvb.

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                  • #10
                    I'm totally clueless about tanning - but is it possible for people who freckle to get tans? Cuz I either get burnt or get more freckles.

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                    • #11
                      I'm bringing this topic back up because I also have freckles, and I'd like to know if the almighty tan is possible for me. I'm light skinned (so light skinned that the lightest foundation shade is still too dark to match my skin tone), dark-haired, light eyes. And I tend to avoid sun like the plague, but since I started primal, I guess I better get some more of it.

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                      • #12
                        I have freckles, and I've gotten tan from being in the sun. It depends on your skin tone. My mother has peachy skin with pale freckles and never was able to get a tan, only pink. Her freckles never really darkened up much. Her dermatologist made her stop after removing something from her face. I have darker skin and my freckles can get quite dark.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                          I wasn't aware that vitamin D would make you tan.

                          I use tanning beds/booths occasionally, typically in early Spring before it's warm enough to sunbathe. If you don't over-do it, and moisturize properly, this can work just fine. I typically only go once or twice a week at most. I'm probably going to buy a package at the beginning of March. I also find that a few trips to the tanning salon before summer hits gets me "primed" for summer so that I don't get a bad sunburn the first time I'm out in the sun too long.
                          Tanning beds of any kind are extremely dangerous and directly contribute to higher risks of skin cancers and melanoma. Thankfully, tanning beds are becoming illegal to youth under the age of 18 in many areas.

                          Indoor Tanning: The Risks of Ultraviolet Rays

                          Discovery Health "How dangerous are tanning beds?"

                          Tanning bed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

                          There's so much information available on this topic on the internet, but have provided just a few links.
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                          • #14
                            I tan regularly. I live in Seattle and we get crap for sunlight. My Vit D level was 23 and doc gave me super vitamin but it doesn't do it. Tanning does though. I go two times a week in a medium bed for 12 minutes. I use great lotions too. I am a quarter native american though too. I tan fast. I can still burn and do it rarely on accident. Tan smart and your cancer risks diminish. If you are super fair skinned I would just go sit in the sun for a few minutes each day. I would if we had sun here.

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                            • #15
                              I have also been considering doing a couple of tanning sessions before summer, but I haven't quite made the leap yet.

                              I think my problem is that I've been overweight, and thus never being outside without at least a t-shirt and shorts. Now when I go out in the summer sun, even without a t-shirt, I still only get tan outside of the t-shirt area. It's as if the skin normally covered by the shirt isn't 'used' to having to produce a tan. So I worry about burning, even as my lower arms and face/neck get a nice tan.

                              My skin is quite light, my eyes are blue, but my hair is very dark (some people say it's black, but I say not quite).

                              I don't want to be very tan, just enough to actually allow me to be outside and not blind people Especially I don't like the difference in tan from the t-shirt line...

                              It'll be a few months before the sun gets any warmth at all, so there's still time to consider

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