Our expert says:
Good advice, as usual, Hope*
Its interesting how fashions change. With all the popular movies about Queen Elizabeth 1, one's reminded that for ages it was fashionable for Europeans to have only the whitest of skins, to the point that some painted their face with white lead-baased paints and even got lead poisoning. Being very pale proved that you were rich and superior because you didn't have to work, which almost always involved going out under the sun. Only quite recently, when workers had predominantly to work indoors and got pale, and only the rich, especially in Europe, could afford to travel to tropical sun and were so idle that they could lie around in it and get brown, did tanning become fashionable, and being pale became unfashionable.
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