Do you tan?

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
Member
8425 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
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2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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
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1169 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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 # 7
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54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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
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858 posts
Busy bee

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
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397 posts
Helper bee

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
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1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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
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7075 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
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4817 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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 # 14
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858 posts
Busy bee

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
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1055 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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.

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