Originally Posted by katspixiedust
I like to get my tan straight from the sun. I've never been to a tanning salon or used any tanning lotions. The lotions have never impressed me with the way they turn out! As far as tanning beds are concerned, I've never had the desire to try "cancer in a box" because my personal belief is that if you're going to subject yourself to the risks of skin cancer, why do it in some salon when there are much more beautiful and relaxing places to get the same effect? If I end up with cancer one day from tanning, I would hate to think that it was caused while I was lying (or standing) in an enclosed space instead of inhaling the salt air, lying on the sand watching crabs and birds, and splashing about in the waves. As far as suntan lotions, I really think that Hawaiian Tropic is the best for keeping yourself from burning while still managing to get a great tan. I've used their Dark Tanning SPF4 for a few years now and have never burned while wearing it. I've even stayed at the beach for 5 HOURS with this stuff on and STILL no burn! It has allowed me to get some AMAZING tans over the years. I was even called, "shockingly tan" one summer and I really have that Hawaiian Tropic stuff to thank. Not only that, but unlike Australian Gold it stays IN your skin even when you sweat. When I tried the Australian Gold equivelant to my Hawaiian Tropic it would sweat out each and every time. It was also very greasy and I couldn't WAIT to finish up the bottle.
As you can see I have some serious opinions about tanning. I can't help it, it's what I grew up with!
Ooh also, the Hawaiian Tropic plant is in Daytona Beach so you should be able to get their products cheaper than most other lotions (since I know you're in Florida as well).
I'll shut up now.
I didn't know Hawiian Tropic was made in Dayton Beach! Ocean Potion is made in Melbourne, FL. I LOVE the smell. I like their products in general, but I never was accused of being "shockingly tan"
(I can only dream...)
I admit I now use the fake stuff. I just started this year for several reasons. 1) my daytime job doesn't give me much time for fun in the sun and Sundays we have a standing cookout 2) My almost 46 year old skin doesn't really need more sun
3) its safe 4) a friend has a really nice golden tan that I always thought was real, but its a "Loreal tan!!!
Thats what I use now. Loreal gel or lotion. I started with the towelettes, but then progressed to something a little richer.
If I ever get to the beach again... maybe I'll try Hawiian Tropic.