Post # 1
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
I have to admit that I grew up in the generation during the 80’s where you stayed in tanning beds constantly. I even knew people who would have memberships at different places so they could go more often than you were supposed to.
When I was a teen the whole concern about skin cancer was just beginning to become a big deal. I still spent most of my late teens and early 20’s in a tanning bed. Now in my mid-30’s, because they say all damage already done was done when you were young, I do not worry about it as much as I do with my kids. I will put on sunscreen when we hit the beach or lake but I am not one to buy makeup or other skin care products with it in it. NOW with my kids, it is a whole different story. I slather them in 50, even though I know they say that anything over like (what?) 30 is really not any more effective, I dont care I am going to protect them.
Anyway, I am a pasty white kind of girl and I just do not want to embrace it. Especially knowing that I have the genes to tan really well. That being said I have tried spray tanning. But 1) I am not a fan of the stuff 2) I would much rather spend that money on getting my hair and nails done every couple of weeks. So I started using that Jergens glow stuff. You know, the lotion with the self tanner in it. And of course, like always, I am starting to get that smell. You know, that awful smell that comes from using self tanners. I was just wondering if any other bees who self tan have this issue and what, if any, advice you can offer to help control it? It is not as bad with the Jergens, that is why I am using it, but I still faintly smell it and I do not want to go around smelling like it. But I dont want to spend the summer glowing under the sun either.
This topic was modified 2 years, 9 months ago by MrsUPS.
Post # 2
Nope, but don’t get my hair and/or nails done either. However, I will get plenty of color just from walking around in shorts, going swimming, etc and I really only wear SPF on my face/neck. My MIL is super pale and usually just gets spray tanned, she seems to like the results.
Post # 3
I used to tan twice a week, but I don’t anymore. I am going to start it up again for the wedding. I have a horrible farmer’s tan and need to get that taken care of, plus, I look lots better when I’m tan.
I’ve tried the self tanners, so many kinds, and none of them really work all that well for me. Some of them even turned me oompa-loompa orange.
Post # 4
I go a few times a month, which is a huge improvement from when I used to go every other day in my 20s. I have also tried self-tanners at home, but it’s just not the same… However, I have found the Sun Laboratories self-tanner worked better than other tanners… and bonus: It doesn’t smell like a self-tanner but more like a Tootsie Pop, lol.
Post # 5
Nope, no tanning here — real or fake. I like the endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the fake tanners about as little as I like the UV damage from the real deal.
In short, I embrace the pasty.
Post # 6
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
MrsNewDay: I may have to try that one. Would rather smell like a Tootsie pop than, I dont know how to describe that smell, but you know the one I am talking about. It is like an unusual, sweaty, musky kind of thing.
brlabrat: Yeah, it is trading one evil for another, I guess. I wish I could embrace the pasty. I dont like blinding people and I definitely want color for the wedding. However, I usually do in the winter and with the wedding being in Dec, I am not sure.
Post # 7
I have tanned in the past (early-to-mid 20’s. I’m mid-30’s now.) I wish it wasn’t so bad for your skin. I am toying with the idea of doing a couple of tanning sessions the month before my wedding so I can get a good base tan. Our wedding is in January in the Dominican Republic, so I don’t want to be all pasty white, or worse, sunburned in my wedding pics!
Post # 8
I personally think Tanning in moderation is fine. Just make sure you are not burning when you tan, this is where the damage starts. If you want to get a tan or nice glow i would go for 5 minutes every other day! I have been tanning just for my wedding. I remember now how much i love it!
Post # 9
I use one like Jergens, as well. I love being bronze, but think the tanning beds are the devil. I think putting synthetic stuff on my body sucks, but vanity gets the best of me. Spray tans fade on me in a way that make me look like I have a horrible skin disease, so I don’t do that.
Anyway, there are several other brands that give a gradual tan, and they all have different scents. So maybe try a few out? I use St. Tropez, which can be a little pricey. Victoria secret also has an awesome gradual tanning lotion that smells sort of beachy.
Post # 10
My skin doesn’t tan. I have to use SPF 50 and do multiple applications to keep from burning whenever I’m outside for more than a few minutes. I’ve gotten sun poisoning 4 or 5 times, and I used sun block both of those times.<br />
Every now and then, I will do a self tanner. I love the Clarins Instant Gel: http://www.clarinsusa.com/Self-Tanning-Instant-Gel/C040102001,en_US,pd.html?start=2
It doesn’t smell great, but it doesn’t smell terrible either. One application will last a little over a week, so you don’t have to deal with the smell for very long at all.<br />
Post # 11
I tanned in high school and totally regret it. Not worth the risk. I know way too many people with skin cancer, especially on the face. (!!!)
I like the banana boat summer color self tanner. It smells pretty good actually. I like the Tanwise mousse too, but it has that stink…
Post # 12
Heck no! I don’t want wrinkles and skin cancer! I use self-tanner too; my favorites are the L’Oreal gradual tanner and St. Moriz spray.
Post # 13
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
Kellis: Yeah! We are getting married in Nashville but we will be going on a cruise afterwards and I want to have a tan for when we are in the Bahamas.
Nikkimcq: Yeah, my mom says that too. I know that burning is what makes it really bad. I have been burnt really bad when I was younger, not fun. I do love the little bit of alone time and I usually wind up with a little nap in the tanning bed, so that is also a plus to doing it.
Soon2bmarried123: TGold: Thanks for the advice on others I will check them out ladies!
Post # 14
MrsUPS: Exactly!! and where i am from we have freakishly long winters so the VD helps with the down mood. I dont waste my time spending money on the lotions(as they are synthetic and god know what) I just use regular body lotion or coconut oil. All the “Tanning” lotion is doing is keeping your skin hydrated and of course boosting your tan with bronzer. And that is the most important thing for skin health. I would recommend that if you have any large moles, cover them up
Post # 15
- Wedding: December 2014 - Loft
MrsUPS: I feel like I can answer this! I am a little younger than you but still grew up in that time when EVERYONE was tanning. I worked at a tanning salon through the end of highschool. My mom used to joke I would turn into a purse by the time I am 30 because my skin would be so leathery.
I don’t tan anymore, unless I am going on vacation then I will tan for the month prior. Naturally I am pale pale pale. Like the lightest shade of foundation pale. No body knows it though and people always ask me if I am sick when I am my natural colour. I self tan with St. Tropez. It is the only tanning product I have found that isn’t stinky, smelly, streaky, blotchy, etc. The tan is gradual and I use a foam mitt to apply it so it goes on evenly and it is very buildable. Also I have acne prone skin and my skin tolerates it.