It's been proven how horrible tanning is and that there is a serious risk of skin cancer involved with it, but girls still brave the tanning beds in order to look sexy. But honestly, do you guys really care if a girl has fair or tan skin? (Of course, this question doesn't mean those with pale skin due to illness or Hispanic girls that are naturally tanned)
Absolutely not. In fact, I specifically don't like tans that aren't natural.
If you're actually outdoors or at a beach or whatever and get tanned, fine, you came by your tan naturally and honestly. But fake-baking or, even worse, spray tans and such are just pathetic to me.
I have a weakness for redheads, and have dated a few, and they basically CAN'T tan, as their skin lacks melanin. So, their skin is bright white, to the point where it is almost blue sometimes. Not a problem for me at all.
And just so you know where I'm coming from, I've dated black women as well, so I have no problem with dark skin either.
Tans don't really mean that much to me. They make girls feel better about themselves and are often relatively harmless, but I don't care too much. I will admit that I do sometimes find tan lines sexy, don't ask why, I don't know, I just do. Sometimes, not always.
Actually no, it is not very accurately advertised that tanning is bad for you. Those reports are paid for by the cosmetic and sunscreen industries whose profits are badly affected due to indoor tanning. (Since tan people use less makeup, have improved acne and don't by as many facial products, and tans are actually the body's own personal sunscreen, it does not help their profits.) Indoor tanning uses the same rays as the sun, and it's not bad for you if you are smart about it and do it in moderation. Only over exposure is bad for your skin. Also, they try to say that it causes melanoma, but there actually is no clear-cut connection between the two. The majority of melanoma cases occur in people who work indoors and do no receive many UV rays. A lot of indoor tanners are referred to do so by their own dermatologists because in addition to helping depression (especially seasonal), it actually improves skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, and has been linked to the reduction of 105 different diseases.
Also, the cosmetic dermatology industry that puts down indoor tanning utilizes the same equipment in their practices, charges upwards of $100 for it, and don't practice the same moderation and control that indoor tanning places do and THEY are the ones that cause the damage by over exposing their patients.
In addition to this, the same sunscreen industry (a multi-billion dollar industry) that pays to advertise these greatly misinterpreted reports and (very taken out of context) that claim indoor tanning causes cancer actually use oxybenzone as an ingredient in their sunscreen which is considered a carcinogen and is believe to be a major cause of skin cancer.
The truth is humans come in all shades, so to say pale skin is ugly or to say tan skin is beautiful (or vice versa) is absurd. They are ALL beautiful. Natural skin colors (and natural tans from the sun) are attractive.
It's really cool knowing guys don't care too much (after reading these comments). Good question. I'm usually pretty tan during the summer because I'm outside for soccer ALL THE TIME. But during the winter, I'm quite pale. So knowing that it doesn't matter too much either way is nice.