Tanning...bed, sun, spray?

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RobinByrd
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   Posted 3/6/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all...
 
The time is nearing for the nice weather and with that comes the fun tans and highlights!
 
With your experiences, what seems to be the best way to get your summer glow?
 
Thanks!!!  smurf
: )  Robin
 
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
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2 RIS K
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   Posted 3/6/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Robin, well even though I know it's not good for me and causes wrinkles and possibly skin cancer, I always start my sprint/summer with one month of tanning. Usually that's all I need to get going. It also makes me feel good due to the extra Vitamin D. I don't know if that's what it is or what but I've read several articles that say tanning makes you feel good because the light does something to you. They say it can be addicting. Personally I've never felt it be addicting for me, I go for one month every year and that's all.

The new sprays, etc. they have out are supposed to work really well now but I am always paranoid of streaks, etc. I never feel "tan" unless I hit the tanning bed.

That's not to say that it's for everyone, because it does have it's risks, but that's what I do.
Amanda
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Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - March 13, 2007
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
Temporary Ileostomy due to small bowell perforation Septepmber 29, 2008
Ileostomy Reversal - December 15, 2008
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flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/6/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I live in Florida, so I just go outside and catch some rays. cool I've never understood why there's a tanning salon on every corner down here, when you can go outside and get a tan for free. eyes
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


RobinByrd
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   Posted 3/6/2009 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Ceclia, you're funny!  We have churches on every corner here, and that's not a joke

I just wasn't sure with the accessory what was the best for keeping your ostomy safe.  I'm sure the inside of an organ is not necessarily fond of the radiation of the tanning beds.  rolleyes

However, the good feelings one gets from the tanning beds is used in what is called Light Therapy.  It's very successful with those who have Seasonal Affective Disorder...Cecilia you would know nothing of the sort since you're in a beautifully sunny state.  tongue    It's very common in Alaska (from what I know) and in other states when there are long winters.  Missouri gets the best of all seasons and there are many people walking around here with beautiful tans because sometimes the cold just lasts a little too long.

As for the spray tan, my sister owns a salon, and they offer that, and I know many people who really like it.  But I don't think it lasts as long as a tanning bed tan, and I too feel that the tanning bed brings a positive feelings afterward.  I would really like to start tanning again in a bed, but I really am scared about doing something bad to my accessory and stoma.  Should I try to cover it with something?  Maybe a towel? 

*sigh* I am just so excited to wear my little tops again and get back down to normal size.  I'm about 17lbs away!!!  I lost 12-14lbs fairly easily just from getting off my medications...whew!!!

Okay...I'll probably call around to some tanning salons in town and in the town I work in.  Some places really try to scam you!!!

Thanks Ladies!!!  smurf


: )  Robin
 
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown


flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/6/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Robin, as long as you tan with your pouch on, your little stoma will be just fine. :-) When I lived in Colorado, I would go to the tanning salon during the winter months and it felt soooo good!


Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


peggy113
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   Posted 3/6/2009 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I tan a couple of times a month, usually only in the winter months to help keep my psoriasis under control.  It really does help me.   And it surely doesn't hurt the attitude during the sunless long winters....   And I just wear my bathing suit or undies when I take  - safer to cover up those sensitive areas!

Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Chasblah
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   Posted 3/6/2009 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I just put self tanner on. I buy the nutrogena brand.
I take a shower and exfoliate. When I get out, I put a regular lotion on places like my elbows, knees, ankles and hands-places where the tanner looks fake and gets thick. Then I put on rubber gloves (to keep my hands from getting orange) and make sure I rub it in really well in circular motions. After I'm done, I wipe off my elbow, knees, eye brows, etc. just to make sure. Then I put a very light amt. on my hands and feet, just so it doesn't leave a line and look fake-like a reverse farmers tan. :)
It takes a bit of practice, but I think I've got it down.
I'm very pale and get burned easily. Plus my dad had skin cancer, so I'm probably at increased risk.
It looks good. I just did it last week and I've gotten compliments on my hair (haven't done anything different in a couple of months) and the color of my scrubs (any color, doesn't matter)-but people don't realize it's the fake tan. It makes me look glowing. And I feel a lot better about myself.
It doesn't last as long as the real thing, 3-4 days. But one tube will last for a loooong time.
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 1/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
pred. taper, coumadin, carafate, prenatal vit., and pain meds
(ileostomy temporary....not so sure?)

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RobinByrd
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   Posted 3/7/2009 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I used the sunless tan last year...I liked it okay...however, I guess one day I was a little sloppy b/c I had a horrible dark line down my forearm and only noticed it in the middle of a session with a teenager female...yeah, I'm sure I looked really cool. She probably thought I was such a dork. : ) She ended up not liking me anyway b/c I suggested she go to a psych hospital then to a residential facility. : ) I can be a real hard ass when push comes to shove...and boy did her attitude do some shoving!!!

Anyway, back to tanning...I liked the L'oreal for my body and I think it's Jergens for my face. My mom likes that same as you Chassity. I probably will just stick with the tubed tan b/c I really don't have the time to go to tanning salon and actually lay around for 20 minutes (well, that's after a couple weeks of building up to that time). We're going to the store tomorrow, so I'll just add that to my list.

I just really do love the tanning beds though...so relaxing...so warm...just so awesome!

Ceclia...I guess you do know about SAD!!! Sorry to assume you knew nothing about long cold winters! You understand quite well about cold days and loads of snow!!!! I have a set of grandparents in Denver. : ) We used to vacation at a ranch close to Basalt, CO and past Rudi Resivour. I spent almost every summer there growing up. I can't wait to go back with my husband and son, but of course vacations are hard with this economy. Grrr.

Thanks again you guys!!!
: )  Robin
 
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown


flchurchlady
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   Posted 3/7/2009 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Robin, what a beautiful place to spend your summers! One of the many nice things about Denver is that they get almost as many sunny days as Miami, so we didn't have too many gloomy days. I went to college there, so after four years of cold winters, I was ready to head back to Florida and the beach, but I do love and miss the mountains.

When I was working full time, I would sometimes put tanning lotion on my face for that 'just from the beach' glow. I've used them all... Neutrogena, Jergens, L'Oreal, and Dove... and have done the exact same thing as you... missed a spot on my arm or leg... and it does look funny! If I just stick to my face, neck, and chest, it turns out fine.

I've never had the spray tan, but have seen it done on the TV show 'Sunset Tan'. One of the workers sprayed it on, which I would not like, since I'd look like a big dork standing there in my one piece bathing suit with a skirt! tongue
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/7/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
When i go to the tanning bed i tank a tank top and wrap it around my stomach, covering my bag and my scar. Cause if the scar gets "sun" (real or fake) on it it will not fade as easilly.

RobinByrd
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   Posted 3/7/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not worried about my scars at all...nope. If you saw my tummy, thighs and inner knees you'd understand that my stretch marks are just ridiculous and my lil' ole' colectomy scars are nothing...my c-section scar is very low and a little jagged now b/c my surgeon re-used the sight for my colectomy. I had zero stretch marks throughout my entire pregnancy but three weeks before Jackson was born a tiny one came up and and they spread like wild fire. This, I believe, is primarily due to the high dose of the wonderful prednisone.

Anyway, I do need to get something going on with my tanning b/c I feel totally ucky.

If I did do a spray tan I would wear a strapless tank and a skirt as well. My bathing suit is one of those cute little dress like essembles. I love it! I'm really glad I have it now b/c it will help hide my accessory. : )
: )  Robin
 
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown


Betty Poop
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   Posted 3/8/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
When I tan in a bed, I place a folded washcloth over my pouch to protect it from any direct heat. The stoma is covered better that way and I don't need to heat up any of the contents...if you know what I mean. :-)
Cancer Diagnosis  Jan 2001
Hysterectomy turned into colostomy on left side.
 
Feb 2002 
Takedown surgery turned into reconnecting to rectal stump but ended up with a temporary ostomy on right side.
 
Radiation therapy has caused too much scarring of the rectal area to allow for normal BM's. So temporary ostomy has become perm.


Bella_lostmybag
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   Posted 3/8/2009 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, Ive only had my ileostomy for almost 4 months now..and my surgeon said as long as i cover the scar with a towel im fine..so i went for the first time yesterday in almost a year!! bc i was on steriods and methotrexate..=( and if you tan without hiding your scar, itll get dark if its a new one..and then when you lose the tan..itll stay dark! eww. =(
17, SENIOR in high school
Dx with Ulcerative Colitis on March 18,2008
Step1 Ileostomy on Nov.19,2008..waiting on Step2 =]
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RobinByrd
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   Posted 3/9/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the fear of pouch contents heating up as well!!! Which, is one of my great concerns with the beds.

I started my L'oreal tan this morning...at least I smell good all day! That's a perk to the sunless tan, I use it 'after' a shower, and not left feeling like I 'need' a shower like the beds do. : )
: )  Robin
 
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
"Your mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is open."  -Unknown

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