Gyms in my region usually offer tanning services as well and they also try to sell it as a package. They want to create the impression that a fit body also needs a good tan.

How do we handle this on F&N? Are questions about tanning suitable for this site or are they off-topic? I don't feel like it would fit well, but I am OK if other people think different, because I have a question I would ask here about tanning ;).

  • What is your question about tanning? The context of it would be helpful.
    – user241
    Commented Sep 23, 2011 at 12:42
  • I generally consider tanning bad because of the skin damage. I avoid the sun during summer especially in the afternoon and I never use a tanning room. Unfortunately a brown tone looks great and makes people more attractive. I wonder if there is a level of tanning that does not damage the skin permanently and may even be healthy.
    – Demento
    Commented Sep 23, 2011 at 12:48

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I don't believe tanning is on topic for this site mainly because it is a cosmetic item rather than one of fitness or nutrition. I haven't heard or seen any other uses for it. I don't have any references, but I've always been under the impression that tanning isn't good for you. I don't believe that you need to be tan to be fit.

When you say:

"Unfortunately a brown tone looks great and makes people more attractive."

it's a subjective beauty standard (generally something of the West, people in East Asia prefer light and white skin) which reinforces the notion that tanning is off-topic. Greg's answer to making abdominals look their best mentions tanning but as a superficial method and one that is not particularly healthy.

There was a question about tanning without getting a burn that was closed. If there is a connection between fitness and tanning, then you should make that clear in the question you want to ask and what your problem and goal actually are.

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