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Old 07-29-2007, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Skin Types

Just had a thought skip across my mind-

Obviously, people of African decent wouldn’t have a use for indoor tanning, but what other ethnicities don’t tan?

And I understand that many people are of mixed decent and everyone is different, so I’m just asking in general.
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I totally disagree with you saying people of African decent have no need to tan indoors. I have several that all tan for different reasons. Some are athletes that tan for stronger bones and less fractures. Some have uneven skin tone and tan to even it out. some tan for SAD and some tan just because they can relax and know it makes them feel good. oh and the ones that do tan for stronger bones etc. learned about the benefits of vit d from me. i have all ethnicities that tan here.
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Great point Eileen! I was looking at it from an appearence standpoint only and probably should have made my question clearer. In FL we aren't allowed to "claim or distribute promotional materials that claim a tanning device is safe or free from risk". Wouldn't reaching out to certain people be doing just that? I guess I'm having confusion on how you engage those clients in the first place.

Keeping with my original thought process, what ethnicities don't tan based solely on appearence?
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You have freedom of speech rights. I don't hand out brochures or pamphlets and I don't advertise it in my salon or on my websites about Vitamin D. I do know my freedom of speech rights and use them positively and daily.

As for keeping with "your" original thought process women of Muslim decent do not tan at all so I guess that would answer your question of are there any ethnicities that don't tan based on appearence..... they do this with a price however ( http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/a...39;/article.do)
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How about Asian decent? Do they gain color?
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Yes they do gain color and I have clients of asian decent that tan here. There has been a popular upward trend of teen tanning in China for the past few years. It is mostly for appearence. I'll post an article below.


Tanning salons give color to Chinese yuppies Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-09-12 10:01Chinese office manager Ye Lu likes working up a sweat -- not in the gym, but in a tanning salon.

"Tanned skin looks great on me and I like to hear my friends saying how fresh and healthy I look," said Ye, a young Chinese white collar worker, as he walked out of a tanning room in downtown Shanghai, perspiration glistening on his forehead.


A customer waits to start her tanning session at a tanning salon in Shanghai August 1, 2006. [Reuters]

Ye hits the tanning beds twice a week, despite the objections of his wife, who still favors a traditional pale complexion.
Next door to Ye's salon, Zhang Xinyu sits at the reception desk of a skin-whitening beauty salon, looking quietly and uncomprehendingly at the dark-hued Chinese customers coming and going from the neighboring tanning parlor.
"Aesthetically and culturally, I think light skin is more appealing for Asian people because it looks pure and noble," Zhang said, justifying the appeal of the services her spa offers.
"But I suppose it's up to people to make their own choices," she sighed.
For centuries, Chinese people have looked down on those with dark complexions, viewing their skin color as that of peasants laboring in fields under the hot sun or manual workers.
Men with darker-colored skin were assumed to be socially inferior, working as farmers and builders from dawn-to-dusk in the open air, as opposed to scholars and government officials cosseted in their offices.
Those with lighter skin, by contrast, were seen as better educated and wealthier.
But that is now changing in China, especially in its richest and most sophisticated city of Shanghai, where having a nice tan is increasingly seen not as a sign of peasantry but rather as a status symbol.
The recent boom in tanning salons in China is starting to shake deep-rooted traditions about skin tone, though it still seems a long way from denting the multi-million dollar market in skin whitening creams.
GOLDEN SKIN
Bronze Bodies, a newly opened tanning salon in fashionable central Shanghai, has expanded its VIP membership to about 900 people and is planning to deliver value-added services like how to coordinate hair and clothes with newly tanned skin.
"I am making a fashion statement," owner Li Rui told Reuters. "It's not merely about tanned skin, but creating a fresh lifestyle choice for Chinese." The service is not for everyone, though, being unaffordable for most ordinary Chinese. A one-month course of tanning sessions costs between 700 yuan ($88) and 2,000 yuan, almost the average monthly wage in Shanghai.

"People can immediately tell how wealthy you are by looking at your golden tanned skin," said a tanning branch manager who identified herself as Jin. "It looks shiny and healthy, quite different from the dim and coarse skin of day laborers."
The appearance of tanned models on billboards around China and of bronzed actors, such as Hong Kong heart throb Louis Koom, on television and at the movies is also having an impact.
Lulu, an aspiring Shanghai singer does not want to look like the pasty skinned stars of her youth. Hispanic US actress-singer Jennifer Lopez is more her style.
To look more like J. Lo, Lulu goes to a tanning salon.
"It looks sunny and outgoing, not pale and fragile," she said.
She is in the minority for Chinese women as tanning salon owners say 70 percent of their customers are men.
Women generally opt for the traditionally defined concepts of beauty in China which call for pale skin, untouched by the sun.
The young and trendy have been the first to pick up on the tanning fashion in China as well as people who have lived abroad and want to show off their new sophistication.
Student He Ziqing tops up his tan at a salon in Shanghai after picking up the sun bathing bug on a trip to Germany. "Germans enjoy sun bathing on the beach. I go with my German friends when I'm there on holiday," he said, adding he did not visit the artificial beaches that sprout in Shanghai's suburbs during the punishing hot summers. "It's too course to do that here," he sniffed.

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Re: Skin Types

i agree that some people regarless of race-tan for various reasons.
the first time i had an african-american person tan in my salon-i think it was written all over my fact. my daughter informed me that people of mixed races sometimes get a "ashy" color in the winter so they tan to even out and enhance their skin color.
people tan for all different reasons.
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Cool, thanks SZ girl. Learn something new everyday.

Some people act like you're born with this information. Everyone has to ask someone, right?
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never too old our too late to learn, right?
guess my typos were pretty bad on that last post-sorry
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ps...i had a really dark african-american guy tan the other day and my employee was pratically standing there with her mouth hanging open. she asked "isnt that a little odd?:
i said he has come in here before and I dont know why he tans but he does.
maybe it feels good on his skin. who knows
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eileen is right, most of the African Americans that tan or spray (at least in my salon) do so to even out their pigment (cover stretch marks, scars, etc) or to lift their mood
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