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March 19, 2012 1:33 PM
I think that since we all have completely different skin- we all react completely differently to tanning.

My stretch marks disappear when I tan, because the stretched skin tans easily. My BFF's stretch marks get much darker than the unstretched parts of her skin- and my roommate's stretch marks are the only thing that DONT tan.

So to tell someone that tanning will make their stretch marks more noticeable is just an uneducated guess that their skin will do the same thing yours does.
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March 19, 2012 1:34 PM
It doesn't matter whether you tan before or after, but I was told that you can get a deeper tan if you tan after since your pores are open after you've been sweating. I don't know how true that is, but since it makes no difference, I do it after just in case it's true. =)
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March 19, 2012 1:35 PM
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After!!!

When all the blood is pumping and close to the surface - may be an urban legend- but it works better for me- also I love feeling the air blow over me while I stay motionless in there after a crazy workout- feeling my heart rate come down- it feels like a reward for all the hard work Ive done!!!

Never thought about it that way...that sounded wonderful laugh
March 19, 2012 2:05 PM
Whether or not you tan is a very personal choice I think people should be able to make for themselves. That said, I get a tan every summer due to going to the beach regularly. My acne improves as does my eczema. I have stretch marks (around my hips from puberty) and they look white and absolutely glow against tanned skin.I don't mind them too much, but if my goal was to conceal them I would avoid exposing them to any UV rays.
March 19, 2012 2:35 PM
thanks everyone!

I think i will purchase my own goggles...i dont fancy pink eye lol

as for stretchmarks, it does help mine, for the exact reason yours get worsened. my currents ones are this dark-brownish color. when i tan they lighten up to a more skin color. and its not bc of them lightening up on their own. thats just how my skin reacts- stretchmarks become less noticeable.

acne is ALWAYS less when i tan.my skin is way more clear.

I have "chicken skin" on my arms. My dermatologist actually told me to tan to help. and it did clear it up.
  8120333
March 19, 2012 2:47 PM
The kiddo in your pic is adorable, and so are you even with fair skin! As for tanners, I've been pleasantly surprised by the Jergen's Natural Glow body lotion. Use it every day in place of your regular moisturizer, and you develop a more natural looking tan over 4-7 days. Just be careful around the feet not to apply too much!

And, although you don't want to hear tips on the cancer risks of tanning beds or natural sunshine, you really should think twice about it. Look at your adorable kiddos and imagine taking their mom away from them when they need you the most! It's just not worth it! Just like smokers don't want to hear that smoking causes lung cancer... ignoring the facts doesn't make them go away!
March 19, 2012 2:52 PM
Does your PF have the red light therapy? That is supposed to help stretch marks more then tanning, it also has a lot of other benefits for your skin.
  11045946
March 19, 2012 2:53 PM
I dont think we ignore the facts. I also dont think that smokers believe that they wont die or get sick.

All negative behavior (whether the negative is opinion or proven fact) stops when the person decides for themselves that it is time. Anyone else pushing with guilt will usually cause the person to become more stubborn.

No one could force you to wake up and start changing your life and your behavior- YOU have to make that choice- and we all celebrate the day we wake up and choose to be healthier. :D
  5133274
March 19, 2012 2:53 PM
double post.
Edited by Falling2Grace On March 19, 2012 2:56 PM
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March 19, 2012 2:54 PM
Always after :)
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March 19, 2012 2:55 PM
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Does your PF have the red light therapy? That is supposed to help stretch marks more then tanning, it also has a lot of other benefits for your skin.


hmm that im not sure of...i 'll have to inquire.
  8120333
March 19, 2012 4:20 PM
When I used to tan at my gym, I would always tan before hand.. but it got to be a pain in the butt because the beds were 20 minutes and by the time it was over, I didn't really want to workout.
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March 19, 2012 5:08 PM
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Don't like tans. I wear 100 spf everyday, and have for a long, long time. Tanned about two weeks for a prom in high school and had to get a skin cancer cut out of my eyelid. Nopee not for me.


I am sorry this happen to you...

However, PURE coincidence in your case. I was born and RAISED on the beaches in Florida. Tanned most of my teenage and early 20s. Stopped now because I would refer a 'real' tan if I will be tan at all - Spray tan for special events if anything. Never had a problem with any sort of skin cancer problems for most of my life that I've spent in the sun.


I think a lot of it has to do with your complexion. I'm like paper white, covered in freckles, and freckle A LOT when I tan and have red/blonde tones in my hair. So sometimes I blame myself for trying to tan back then. Pretty sure most of tthe beds say something about fair skinned people being wary of the risks.
March 1, 2013 7:27 PM
I tan before I work out. Because I don't wanna go in there when I'm done, by that time I'm ready to shower, relax and go home, not tan.

I have a black card as well, I love it! They do sell tanning goggles, for $2.60, and you MUST show them your tanning goggles before tanning or they won't let you tan.

:)
March 2, 2013 2:08 AM
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I usually tan after my work out but it depends on how busy it is. The one I go to only has 4 beds. I tan 2-3x a week to treat my Psoriasis. It's the best way to keep your skin clear and a better solution then using the steroids.


Except it's not. You can get skin cancer from tanning beds. I had a friend's mom (who I was very close with and like a second mother to me) tan for her awful Psoriasis, she got skin cancer and then died from a brain tumour. I urge you to look into other options, steroids aren't the best option, but tanning beds aren't safe.
March 26, 2013 6:26 PM
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April 28, 2013 2:26 PM
Sorry guys! Totally been out of the MFP loop since ive been pregnant, but i just wanted to update and answer my own question :)

(before getting pregnant) I ended up doing my workout and as a treat i would tan afterwards.

It very stress reducing to me and always relaxes me...so much i could fall asleep! but that also means i dont want to work out after a tan session, so after a few tries with that i swtiched to only working out and then tanning (if i decided to tan). I did limit the amount of time/session per week in the bed, but it worked really well to do it following a workout. It gave me something to push myself for during my workout and then once i got in there it gave me a chance to relax, which is also nice after a workout. the heat felt really good on my muscles too. i thought i wouldn't like doing it that way. i figured it would be far to hot and disgusting post workout, but they have lots of fans in there and actually it cooled me right down. so that wasn't an issue at all.
  8120333
April 28, 2013 3:04 PM
I lift first, do cardio if scheduled second, and then tan next the pool with a beer.
April 28, 2013 3:07 PM
this really isnt a Planet Fitness thread.
Having said that, and not being a member of Planet Fitness- definitely tan AFTER working out. It's a reward. The main reason for a gym is to exercise. Anything else is secondary.
April 28, 2013 3:11 PM
I prefer to tan after working out. When I tan before I turn even more red than normal. I've only been tanning for a couple weeks (2-3x week).
  27880552
April 28, 2013 3:11 PM
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tanning beds in Australia have just about been made illegal (some states have done so and others are soon to follow) due to it being proven they cause skin cancer.
I would advise to flick the whole idea of tanning beds and go for a spray tan instead.


That makes me so happy to hear!!! My dad is dying from stage four melanoma (skin cancer) and he never used a tanning bed in his life. So when I hear about people cooking in a tanning bed, I can't help but feel this inner horror. Stepping into a tanning bed before the age of 35 increases your risk of melanoma by 75%. Spray tan is the way to go!!! And good on those places who have started taking action!
  37228179
April 28, 2013 3:13 PM
NO.
April 28, 2013 3:17 PM
Tanning beds are considered carcinogenic. I don't tan for the same reason I don't smoke. I have a daughter that I'd like to be around for as long as possible! That said, when I was younger and DID tan (and smoke) I tanned after a workout to relax and my PF sold the eye protection but it was required that you have it before tanning. Scars that are lighter that your normal skin tone will most likely stand out as you get darker. Scar tissue doesn't tan. Also, I had a weird reaction the the cleaner they used in the beds. I don't think it's really a good idea to have on your skin.
  41583095
April 28, 2013 3:17 PM
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Don't like tans. I wear 100 spf everyday, and have for a long, long time. Tanned about two weeks for a prom in high school and had to get a skin cancer cut out of my eyelid. Nopee not for me.


I am sorry this happen to you...

However, PURE coincidence in your case. I was born and RAISED on the beaches in Florida. Tanned most of my teenage and early 20s. Stopped now because I would refer a 'real' tan if I will be tan at all - Spray tan for special events if anything. Never had a problem with any sort of skin cancer problems for most of my life that I've spent in the sun.


Just as an FYI, the UVA and UVB rays that you get from actually sunlight are far less intense than a tanning bed. If you have to tan (I use the term "have to" begrudgingly") then natural light is a much safer option. As far is this being "pure coincidence", it really isn't. Do your research. Just because YOU didn't get sick cancer, doesn't mean that there aren't direct ties to tanning and skin cancer because there are!
  37228179
April 28, 2013 3:19 PM
Thanks to all of your replies.
I would appreciate it if this thread could stick to answering the question at hand. I realize there is science on everything and anything, risks and benefits. If anyone wants to create a new thread for anything other than answering my question, please do. This doesn't have to turn into a debate if ppl should or shouldn't tan or why they shouldnt or that they are lucky if they didn't get skin cancer or that skin cancer occurances are related or not, it doesn't matter. I simply want to know if you tan, do you do it before or after a workout. If anyone wants to debate the various risks or situations, please do so, in another thread. Other members have bumped this thread for an answer. I have supplied my answer, after figuring out my own thing but MFP pals may be looking for answers to this specific question and i dont think it's fair to derail the intention of the thread.
Edited by Falling2Grace On April 28, 2013 3:23 PM
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