Post # 1
Hi bees! I’ve been so busy making things for my wedding, that it just dawned on me that my bridal shower is next weekend, and I’m pasty white! I’m wearing a dress, and my legs look like I owe the sun money. Is there any safe way to get fairly tan in a week’s time? What works best? I belong to a gym with tanning beds…should I take that route? I feel like the tanning lotions aren’t the most effective, but then again I don’t normally go out of my way to get tab.
Any help would be fabulous. Thanks!!
Post # 3
I would recommend getting a spray tan (by a person, not a machine). Ask for the light version, and do it a few days before so it can fade a bit. It should give you a subtle color, and you can do any necessary touch ups with a tinted self tanner.
Post # 4
I just bought the St Tropez mousse at Sephora with the little mitt. That stuff is awesome!! I’ve used a lot of self tanners in the past, but never liked the way it looked (streaky, orange, patchy). But this stuff looks brown NOT ORANGE and is so easy to apply with the mitt. It’s not streaky or splotchy. And it smells good. And it’s tinted so you can see where it’s applied.
It gets pretty good reviews: http://www.amazon.com/St-Tropez-Bronzing-Mousse-8-0-Fluid/dp/B003CFB3EC
Post # 5
Spray tan! The good ones won’t rub off on your dress.
I wouldn’t try tanning before your wedding, do it too much in a week and you will look like a lobster.
Post # 7
I LOVE the fake tanner at Bare Escentuals. It works SO well and doesn’t have the terrible smell that all the other tanners have. I’d recommend mixing it with a lotion to dliute it the first time so you can make sure you don’t get too dark too quick. Finish your last application a couple days before your event to make sure you don’t overdo it.
Post # 8
Spray tan all the way. Fake baking is SUPER bad for your skin, and while many find a sun kissed glow attractive, no one likes melanoma!
Post # 9
I did a VersaSpa spray tan (booth, not person) for our engagement soiree a few weeks back and I liked the results. It was $35 plus tax but I would say it was worth it. It lasted about a week for me but I would suggest exfoliating like crazy the day of and wearing loose clothing when you leave. I did it during my lunch hour the day before the party so when I put clothes back on, I could tell later that my belly rubbed against my jeans and was a little splotchy. Other than that, it was awesome. I am fairly pale and the lady suggested I try a medium (light, medium or dark) which was perfect for my skin tone. If I was to do it again I’d go dark because it would last longer when it fades out slowly.
They also suggest doing it 2 days before an event – so consider that if possible. My tan WAS better the day after the party, lol.
Post # 10
Well, with the news that just came out about spray tans giving you cancer as well, I’d just stay pasty. Nothing wrong with that.
Post # 11
I don’t normally tan at all. I’m pasty as well, but I want a little va-va-voom for my wedding day, so I’m going for the spray tan. I’ve done it once before and it turned out great. I don’t normally care if I’m tan, but for this day, I just want to be. I’d recommend doing it 2-3 days before your wedding date, and as someone above said, exfoliate like crazy before. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 12
So I had this situation a week before my wedding…I went tanning twice and then just used self tanner.
A note: I use self tanner regularly for the past four years so I am pretty good at putting it on. If you’re not great with it, try a spray tan maybe?
Post # 13
@vorpalette: That’s why I’d recommend the tanning lotion/mousse. The spray tanners are under scrutiny because the exposure assessments were done for DHA in lotion form, not aerosolized in the spray form.
@inkedbride: I have used St Tropez and it’s dupe St Moriz. Both work great and don’t look orange on my olive skin tone. I buy them on Amazon but like iheartsquishy said, St Tropez is at Sephora too. St Moriz is the same quality as St Tropez but it is cheaper. You might have to splurge and go with St Tropez from Sephora though since you are under time constraints. Use either a tanning mitt or gloves when you apply it. Exfoliate first, and moisturize too.
Post # 14
I would get a spray tan if I could. The VersaSpa is amazing and gives you more of a brown/bronze color than orange. Also, if you want to do it yourself, Fake Bake has this amazing tanning spray that is literally fool proof – it’s called Flawless Self Tan Liquid!
Post # 15
I also suggest St. Tropez! I’m quite pale, and it does me very well.
Post # 16
@iheartsquishy: agreed! St.Tropez mousse is the bomb, and the mitt is essential. I got a compliment on my tan yesterday… and that never happens.