Post # 1
Hello all. I am 26, almost 27, and have the time old question regarding tanning. To tan or not to tan. MY complextion is olive, I tan easily. I spent HOURS in a tanning bed when i was younger, and though I know it’s not good for you, what’s my alternative? My dress was nearly $2500, I don’t want to do the airbrush and risk it running on that day. I can go 2x a week for 6 weeks, adn that’s IT. I ALWAYS cover my face and actually apply SPF…….. What’s your thoughts? I know, I know, I know it’s bad for me. I’m goign to be a doctor….I know…….Just help me find an alternative BEES! 😉 Love to all.
Post # 3
I vote no. Spray tan beforehand if you must, but with an olive complexion, why would you?
Post # 4
Have you tried any of the gradual self-tanner lotions? I use a lovely (and cheap!) hemp lotion from Walmart that adds a nice, subtle color. I am also very pale, so you may have different results with olive skin, but since you have a few months maybe try playing around with a few different self-tanner or gradual self-tanner lotions. I’d hit the tanning bed as a very last resort…one day of tan goodness is not worth the wrinkles or skin cancer later.
Post # 5
For a wedding I would tan. In general I don’t agree with tanning all the time. But for wedding or special event I have done it.
Post # 6
I wouldn’t, but you’re asking the wrong girl. I’ve never tanned (I also turn into a lobster if I even try) so I’m happily pale. With an olive complexion, I’m really not sure why you’d need a tan though? And if you did, I’m sure the weather is nice in May. A couple of days laying out naturally may work.
Post # 7
My BFF sprayed 3 days before the wedding, it was hot outside and it ran and totally ruined the inside of her dress and you could see around the armpit area of her dress at the end of the night. If even showed up in pics. Ill be going to the beach for my bachelorette party and tanning my head off a month before so I dont look lobsterized but I dont plan on specifically wedding tanning. I fyou have olive skin, steer clear, im sure you will look gorgeous!
Post # 8
I was a pale bride and proud of it! If us pale girls still look great on our wedding day, I’m sure your natural coloring will look great too!
Post # 9
KNow what? I’m olive, too. And… I have *never* tanned before, but I am actually considering it.
Don’t ask me for advice, I’ll say go for it…
Post # 10
I vote no, unless you have self control. So many of my clients are gorgeous- a few weeks before the wedding they catch the tanning bug. The day of the wedding their skin is tan (see: pinkish red) and they don’t look nearly as natural as they do in their engagement photos.
Post # 11
yeah do it. i dont know about going 12 times though… i would say go twice a week for three weeks or something, especially if you tan easily
Post # 12
@maureen9004: good advice! i will tan, and stop 2 weeks before. is that fair? 🙂
Post # 13
THANKS GIRLS!!!! I forgot to mention- I have horrible tan lines from my triathlon training. It’s my 3rd year doing triathlons and I’ve done 2 ironmans. So I spend a lot of time on my bike with the sun staring at my skin. I go through BOTTLES Of SPF in a summer!!! Don’t get me wrong, I love the rays but am smart……….MY dress is strapless, I need to get rid of the tan lines of my sports bra and racerback LOL!!!!!!!!!!!
Post # 14
@runnerdoc26: I’m also gonna be a doc, I also run and do triathlons, I also have a strapless dress and get mad tan lines! Tanning bed=more wrinkles @ your future anniversary dinners, and possible nasty melanoma. We both know it!
Here’s my plan: Indoor swim training whenever possible. Bringing a large selection of different necklines and sleeve lengths into the mix. Early morn/late eve training. MAJOR sunblock. Strapless swimsuit if at the lake recreationally. Strapless tops if going out on hot sunny days. Lightweight, long sleeve tops on cooler sunny days. MAJOR sunblock. Sunglass tan? Wearing a baseball cap too, to shade the face more evenly.
All that done and still lines? Exfoliate, use some bronzing powder to shade in areas that won’t possibly touch your dress, and if all else fails- no more than two tanning sessions, a week before the big day. And, you guessed it, an indoor tanning lotion with MAJOR sunblock.
Post # 15
Oh- and for total “reply overkill”- invest in a few sportsbras that are not racerback so you can switch that up, and some of them fancy UV blocking t-shirts.
Post # 16
@double0bride: Thanks girl, you know I’ve been waiting for someone to post that to me 😉 !!!!!