Post # 1
I would like to hear from those of you who are familiar with tanning in tanning beds. I plan to do a little tanning before I head off to Jamaica in 11 days.
I’m fair skinned and I just want to get a little bit of base tan so I’m less likely to get a sunburn my first day there.
What service do you recommend? And how long? I was thinking 2 sessions in a regular bed with some kind of tan exelerator lotion for maybe 7 minutes each time…I was going to go today and then again midweek next week. I could fit a third in if needed…
Is that not enough? What do you think? And keep in mind I do tan, but I am also the type to burn easily and I have pretty fair skin. Not the fairest, but in face makeup I’m like the second color from the lightest.
Thanks in advance.
Post # 3
What about airbrush tanning? I feel like it’s easier to control how dark you get with that. Plus it’s better for you and all that. Not sure if that will help protect you from getting burned in Jamaica, tho…
Post # 4
@hilsy85: Lol. No it won’t, so no go. I’m not actually interested in the LOOK of a tan. I just want to “warm up” the skin a bit since I haven’t been in the sun for months, and that’s when people tend to burn the worst. Thanks for the idea though. It would def. be a safer way to go if I wanted the look of a tan.
Post # 5
I would ask the person working at the tanning place to be sure. I would maybe go for 5 mins 1st time then 7 & 7 again.And because you said you are fair I would not suggest a spray tan they normally dont come out well on fair skinned people.
Post # 6
Heading to a tanning bed for 2 or 3 visits before your vacation is pretty harmless, and will help you avoid serious sunburns while you’re there. Airbrush or mystic tans are NOT going to help (well, you’ll look less pale, but you may end up sunburned under your skin dye and that’s not cool). You have to be just a vigilant with the SPF 10000 when you’re outdoors if you’ve gotten a airbrush or mystic tan.
I would recommend going to a reputable tanning-only place — some big chains include Tan Co, Hollywood Tan, etc. The people there will be able to look at you, ask you some questions, and let you know what the best course to proceed is. I would not recommend going to a cheap place in the back of a nail salon if you’re new at it.
Different tanning beds have different time limits; the standard is 15 or 20 minutes, but higher-end ones might only be 10 or 12. 7 minutes in a 20-minute bed is a whole lot less exposure than in a 12 minute bed…that’s where you should rely on the tan salon employees. Tell them what you’re hoping to accomplish and you only plan on a couple visits, because else they will probably try to convinvce you to get an automatic membership, like at a gym, and that won’t be what you want.
You can buy a sample size packet of tanning lotion for about $4 at a salon, and it will last for 2 visits…or just use regular moisturizing lotion before you go. That’s the most important part of the ‘accelerator’ — keeping your skin hydrated.
Post # 7
I would start going ASAP because if you’re fair, you’ll probably still be red for a day or so before you get color. I used to tan every once in a while and would do upright tanning bed for something around 7-9 minutes. How tan you’ll get all depends on how new the bulbs are in the bed. I always put a little sunscreen on my face, but I think that might be just me being odd… I would say space the sessions out as much as you can and start earlier- you don’t want to have any redness.
Post # 8
i am not a fan of tanning beds but i too will be using one right before my wedding/honeymoon mostly because i dont want to burn! it really depends on the beds and how new the bulbs are, i would ask the people who own the salon but i would suggest starting at 6 minutes and working your way up especially if its a stand up bed. i find them to be a little more powerful than the lay downs.
Post # 9
@coffeekitty: Ahh you are going to couples sans souci!!! Need any refreshers before you go?? If you meet Barrington – he is AWESOME. Same with Sandi the cleaning lady. Definitely do the Dunns River falls trip!!! My old username was clarebee and I wrote you that whole long email! I cant believe its been 2 months since I went!! 🙁 Just a warning – if you do a Bob Marley shot you will be in bed by 8 PM!!! Have fun – Im jealous! And I wouldnt worry too much about burning – I am very fair and burn very easily and dont go out in the sun that often. I just wore 50 SPF everyday and I was fine – did not get burnt at all. The sun really was not stronger there…..
Post # 10
Definitely talk to the people at your salons all the beds are different and they can get the best judgement on your skin tone.. I would say 2 times will not be enough for the base youre looking for the escape the burn in jamaica…. I suggest start now… see where you are in 2 sessions… at least this will give you time
Post # 11
honestly, if you are only going to go a few times before your trip, I wouldn’t waste the money. Three times in a tanning bed isn’t going to really give you any color at all. I’d just go to Jamaica and use SPF 🙂
Post # 12
Even in a normal bed 7 minutes with a tanning lotion might be too much for you. It really is better to start REALLY slow. Maybe 5 minutes the first time and see how that goes.
Post # 13
@TaterTot26: I dont agree at all. Even 1 time tanning gives me TONS of color.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I went to Palm Springs in June and was completely fair and didn’t burn at all. Copious amounts of sun tan lotion does actually work. But I also wasn’t trying to tan there, so I was sitting under an umberalla a lot of the time.
Post # 15
@mishelleez: It totally depends on the person. Tanning one time in a bed for 5-7 minutes will not do anything at all for me. And I am very fair skinned.
CoffeeKitty – I really would not waste your money on this! I can tell you that the Sans Souci swimming pool is not directly in the sun – it is a little shaded because of the trees surrounding it. (Unless you go to the mineral pool which is more sunny) The beach area is in a cove and it is also surrounded by trees. Many of the loungers or underneath the trees and the whole beach area is very shaded. Unless you just like floating on the water you most likely will spend more time at the pool than on the beach. The beach area is just not that good. I preferred the pool much more because you could float/lounge and there was the swim up bar. The ocean got somewhat boring because all you do is float in this roped off area – the waves pull you back into the shoreline and then you sort of get beached on your float! Anyways, unless you dont plan on using high SPF sunscreen I really would not worry about this.
Post # 16
I have the exact same type of skin you have. Very pale, burns easily. I don’t tan at all. But i have tanned in beds exactly twice, before my vacation to the Bahamas and to Hawaii.
I recommend starting out slow. 3-4 minute intervals, slowly building up time. Add 1 or 2 minutes each time, but make sure that your skin is handling. If you start to burn, stay at the same time.
I agree that going tanning twice is not going to do anything for you with the type of skin you have. I have tanned for a month before my vacations (going every 3 or 4 days) and just barely got a base tan. The good news is that once I had that base tan, I did not burn on vacation at all, which is SO unlike me. I actually have a real tan from hawaii and I attribute it to the base tan I got at the tanning bed.
If you’re getting married in November (and going on your honeymoon immediately after), start now!