Post # 1
My wedding isn’t until August, and the one thing I reallly didn’t think through with that is tan lines. I got a really nasty burn today and I already have some lines. My dress is strapless but unfortunately I will not be able to tan strapless, and I also don’t have enough time to go tanning (plus fake tanning scares me). Do you have any suggestions for other things I could do? Or should I just not worry about my tan lines?
Post # 3
I’ve heard that if you put coconut oil on the whiter parts of your skin and spend time in the sun, it will help it tan faster.
Post # 4
Hmm that sounds interesting. I will have about a week before the wedding where I can sit around strapless all I want so that could work!
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
What scares you about fake tanning? I bought a month membership to a tanning salon before my wedding, and ended up line-less, with a nice glow that people complimented often (and sometimes still do, a month after I stopped). I think I went about every other day, so maybe 15 sessions between 5-10 minutes long. Obviously, wait until your current burn is healed, though.
Disclaimer: Regular sun and tanning beds cause cancer, duh, everybody knows that by now. But if you are generally not a sunning person, one month will probably not increase your lifetime cancer risk by much at all.
Post # 6
I was so obsessed with this before my wedding that I stayed out of the sun as much as possible. I even wore a wrap/shawl in 90+ degree heat during my outdoor rehearsal the day before the wedding, because I didn’t want to risk having tan lines.
I’m not sure what you can do now. I would consider possibly trying a reputable self-tanning product to help even out the skintone. However, I’ve never used one, so I am unable to recommend a specific product. Just make sure you don’t end up with one of those products that turns people’s skin that fake-looking orange color.
Post # 7
@aggie2010: this is false. Even one time in a tanning booth raises your risk of skin cancer exponentially. A month could be the difference between getting melanoma and not.
Post # 8
Make Up Forever makes a waterproof face and body foundation. It goes on nice and sheer. Maybe a combo of that and some bronzer could make everything look cohesive.
Post # 9
@nineteen87: Thanks! i will have to try that myself 🙂
Post # 10
I don’t tan myself, but my old roommate used to use a scrub of sugar and lemon juice to even lines out. It exfoliates in a gentle way so you’ll lighten up the tan areas a bit to blend the lines out.
Using a temporary fake tanner or makeup will help too. Permanent tanners can turn you orange and blotchy, but makeup can blend easily.
**And of course I must state that going into a tanning bed is a very bad idea, even once. Everyone knows that it causes cancer, this isn’t breaking news. Just still have to throw that out there (my father recently had a cancerous mole removed and I’ve learned a lot about sun exposure since then. You’d be shocked how much even a little tanning can impact you in the long run). That’s the end of my soap box moment.