Fake & Spray: Arlington, Just Say “No”

Doesn’t this scare you? The idea of spraying a man-made chemical on your body that is so strong it changes the color of your skin.

I do not know who would patronize this tanning salon in Arlington, I know I would not.

While I love me a deep tan, I prefer obtaining one the natural way: poolside, drink in hand.

Yes, I know, skin cancer, but that is why they invented lasers. Who knows what you will need if you fake and spray your way through DC life.

9 Comments so far

  1. meghan (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 11:04 am

    this is a very ignorant post, I mean you are actually encouraging people to bake outside or under traditional tanning beds which causes skin cancer. It’s not easily removed with a laser if it’s not detected early enough, and there is nothing wrong with the fake tanning. Its basically the same thing as make-up its just a little stronger. It’s the same ingredients that have been in make-up for years. People in more cosmopolitan cities have been using the fake tan for years and when done well looks really good! I can’t afford to do it very often, but I think its a great option and you shouldn’t be scaring people away from it.

  2. Wayan (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

    People who live in cities have been doing many things for many years, but cosmopolitan people do not fake & bake or fake & spray. You can tell the difference.

    A real sun-kissed tan is a real tan. The rest is fake, Tammy Faye Baker style.

  3. Doug (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

    Prior to the industrial revolution, when most people toiled away in the fields, pale skin was a status symbol, one of wealth and nobility. In modern times, when most people work indoors, be it a factory or office, a tan is considered the mark of the leisure class. People are weird, and vain. I dated a girl who used to go to those tanning salons, it didn’t last long. Melanoma is not something to be trifled with.

  4. whatmeghansaid (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

    Wayan makes it sound like having a tan should be badge of honor or that it is an achievement. What a ridiculous thing to be a snob about. And saying that people who tan are “cosmopolitan” is just silly. This post is moronic.

  5. Dark and Proud (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

    Don’t hate the tan player, that’s just jealousy. Hate the game that says pale people look sickly and fake tan people look moronic.

  6. tannedforlife (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

    glad i’m black

  7. Victoria (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    Sorry, but I’d rather be labeled a fake that to cause more wrinkles and damage my skin. I copied this from a government health web site:

    Self-tanners are considered cosmetics because these normally contain dyes which are absorbed by the topmost layer of skin. Oral tanning products are drugs since they are ingested. These synthetic coloring agents, often identical to natural ones, are taken in large amounts so that the extra coloring agents become stored in the body’s fatty tissue including the tissue under the skin. Both self-tanners and oral products do not provide a “sun” tan nor do they provide any protection from the sun’s radiation. The “tan” will fade if the product is discontinued and as the coloring agents are eliminated from the skin or body.

  8. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on March 9th, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

    Dude, Fake Tan is the ultimate in tacky. Either go with your natural skin color or tan it up, UV-style in the outdoors.

  9. Don (unregistered) on March 10th, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

    Eh, those spray tans look pretty indistinguishable from the real thing. Personally I’m happy to just be pale, which is a good thing since it’s about my only Irish-heritage-complexion option. My darling girlfriend does the spray-tan thing sometimes, and while I’d just as soon she simply stayed pale I certainly prefer it to her increasing her chances of skin cancer. I’ve got years more tormenting to do with her.

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