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#1 Colleer

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:22 PM

We were a pool in a neighbouring town yesterday.  Think 43 degrees, seriously scorching sun.  There was plenty of shade available, heaps actually.

My family and I were as covered up as we could be - sunnies,hat, sunscreen, rashies etc, sitting in the shade when we weren't in the water.

Nearby us were 3 young ladies (early 20's?) laying out in the sun at midday, fully sunbaking.  Bikinis on with the straps pulled down to get an even tan, laying out the seriously baking sun.

And again today at our local pool there was an older lady (50-60's?) laying out fully baking.

It got me thinking - do people really still sunbake?  Knowing all that we do nowadays about the dangers of the hot Australian sun, melanoma etc.  Obviously there are still people that do (as I have seen over the last couple of days) but with the availability of fake tans / creams etc, why do people still do it?

#2 lozoodle

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:26 PM

Yep they still do it, I see it at the beach all the time.



#3 ubermum

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:28 PM

yep, they do. I don't get it either. Others pay to go to solariums and cook themselves. I have had teenager move in with me (16) and she refuses to put on sunscreen and has had 2 bad sunburns in the last 2 months. She is happy that it has given her a tan. Stupid. She doesn't think it will happen to her, despite all the things I have shown her.

#4 TarneeW

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:31 PM

We were visiting friends yesterday at their hotel pool. It was ridiculously hot & from my leafy outlook, there was a couple in their 20's sun baking for a good hour or more that we were there. They didn't even go near the pool....

Unbelievable!!!! I was absolutely dying of heat, I can't imagine how hot (& silly) they have been.

#5 PrincessPeach

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:32 PM

Unfortunatly yes - I too see it at the beach.

Also a couple of my colleagues love the solariums, a tan looks healthy. Though those two are still of the belief that they wont get melanoma becasue some relative spent their entire lives working in the sun & never got one.

#6 maeby

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:37 PM

My European in-laws, who have been here for the last month, have been spending every day at the beach lately (working on their tans so they won't go home with humiliatingly pale skin) and complaining about how the weather hasn't been hot enough.  I think it's generational as well as cultural for them.

#7 **BOOM**

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

Yes unfortunately people still do. And sure many on EB still do - they're idiots!

My mum will congratulate anyone who got a tan. She's an idiot when it comes to skin care, sun protection,etc. She'll prob die of a melanoma one day - I would not be surprised!

#8 ~sydblue~

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

With one relative having a cancer scare in her eye from never wearing sunglasses when young. Another having skin cancers removed from her face. My girls have their higher protection sunscreen on, sunglasses on when out for awhile and hats(even the 13yr old).
DD13 has a can of fake tan my sister bought her, and just uses that if she is looking pale(her words). But I think she has used it once.

#9 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:40 PM

My bestie from high school still tans himself a deep brown.  Me, I avoid the sun like the plague and still end up with tanned arms from driving.

#10 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:43 PM

My red-haired, freckled neighbour, who is in her late 50s, sunbakes at every opportunity. She has had multitudes of pre-cancerous skin lesions burnt/frozen/cut off over the years but continues to sunbake. In all other respects she is extremely health conscious, eating a healthy diet, not drinking alcohol, has never smoked and exercises daily. Her attitude is that the damage was done when she was a child so it is too late to worry about it now.

#11 Missy Shelby

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:49 PM

Yep they still do!!  My sister being one of them rolleyes.gif

She has done for years and no matter how much my mum and I tell her about the risks she doesn't listen.

Recently our families went away together, I ask her to put cream on my back, she did an half a*sed job and I got severely burnt on two patches on my back.  Not happy!!

#12 Mousky

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:52 PM

Yep, even after watching my DH go through 4 absolutely soul sapping rounds of chemo and 6 1/2 weeks of radiation that left a neat square of perminently hairless chest (amongst much hair), my sister still sun bakes!!

#13 Funwith3

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:52 PM

I've literally just got home from the beach. Part of me was envious of all the tanned bodies. The other part of me thought "you morons...." as I lathered myself and my family in sunscreen!

#14 Jax12

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:53 PM

Risks aside, I can't understand how anyone can enjoy laying in the direct sun on 40+ degree days!  I can't stand it.

#15 kuhla

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:58 PM

I think sometimes the professionals are to blame.

I have Aboriginal heritage therefore my skin is darker.  I went to a specialised mole scanner once to ask about several moles I have.  He told me they were fine and even if I baked everyday, my chances of getting skin cancer would be minimal.  

What a stupid thing to say to anyone.

#16 Falling Awake

Posted 07 January 2013 - 03:59 PM

There is no accounting for the stupidity of humans.



#17 PixieVee

Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:08 PM

I really don't get it. But then my grandmother died due to melanoma and I don't take it lightly.

#18 RealityBites

Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:14 PM

Gosh, judgmental EBers -

I lie in the sun on the beach and backyard on occasion. It's not to get a tan, I tan easily in any case, whether I'm trying or not. I always have sunscreen on. Lying in the sun just happens to be one of my few guilty pleasures, it puts me in a place of peace, listening to the waves, feeling the sun and breeze on my body ..

#19 Dawarr

Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:17 PM

My uncle died because of skin cancer, so it's something I'm acutely aware of. And I take all the appropriate measures for myself and my family.

On a 'lighter' note...if one can say that, when it comes to cooking your own skin...

A while ago I was back in Melbourne, meeting friends at a sw**ky bar. I had brought DD (then 6 months) to meet some friends. One friend in particular, who is of Spanish descent (and has tanned her skin all her life, to it's detriment) was holding DD when an onlooker said loudly, to our entire group, "There's a proud Grandma!"

I was 36 at the time.

And my friend was 43.

Awkward...



#20 Mousky

Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:28 PM

QUOTE (RealityBites @ 07/01/2013, 05:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Gosh, judgmental EBers -

I lie in the sun on the beach and backyard on occasion. It's not to get a tan, I tan easily in any case, whether I'm trying or not. I always have sunscreen on. Lying in the sun just happens to be one of my few guilty pleasures, it puts me in a place of peace, listening to the waves, feeling the sun and breeze on my body ..



You are wearing sunscreen, that is not tanning.

#21 zande

Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:29 PM

Yep they sure do. We were at the beach last week all in rashies, long shorts, hats, sunscreen and sitting under our shelter, and we were surrounded by kids and adults just in bikinis or bathers all day in the sun. And I see this every time I go to the beach!

#22 Kay1

Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:41 PM

I LOVE lying in the sun. But I don't do it for more than a minute or two after a swim and only if I have sunscreen on.

I have a friend who is travelling with her toddler at the moment and her fb photos are amazing but in almost all of them her toddler is naked or near naked with no hat on. I really hope she's covered in sunscreen at least. sad.gif

#23 dolcengabbana

Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

I lay in the sun regularly its my me time next to our pool on the lounger music cool drink hat book and always wearing sunscreen I have a aerosol spray bottle so i can still do my back properly I am aware its unsafe to tan but I have a history as does my Mum of being Vitamin D Deficient. I am not tanned, but I have colour i don't burn easy and I have a skin check every 12 months.

#24 Oriental lily

Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

I don't even like going to the beach when it's post 30 degrees.

I hate feeling of my skin getting hot and that tingly raw feeling.
Even with sunscreen on.

Rashies,hats sunscreen and avoiding the scorching sun is my motto.

Even though DH, I and the three  girls have olive good tanning skin. Will. Never risk it.

But I guess we all have some flaws. Tanning though just seems so easy to avoid and not indulge in.

#25 SCARFACE CLAW

Posted 07 January 2013 - 04:50 PM

It's important to get a little bit of sun; those kids who are covered in sunscreen and hats anytime they leave the house would have very low vitamin D levels, and vitamin D is very important for calcium absorbtion. I'm not condoning lying out in the sun for hours baking, but I also don't freak out if my kids are in the sun for a litle while without sunscreen...




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