Post # 1
So I went for my first alteration appointment yesterday and am super exctied because everything is going to be great. I do have one concern. I’ve been tanning for about a month and a half now three times per week and I still look a bit pale in my dress. My Dress is bright white and I ususally have a pretty decent base tan year round, but in the past few years its gone away because I work inside year round with my only outdoors time left for weekends, which I also work a second job on. I need to figure out a way to get a little more tan quickly as I have roughly 7 weeks left and my dress will be back from the seamstress May 4th, Which will give me another 4 weeks until the wedding.
Anyone have any ideas? My biggest area of concern is my bust and up. My “girls” aren’t use to being tanned and are peeling a bit which I expected so i’ve been trying to exfoliate and moisturize every day, but I need a way to make sure upper body is tanned, as this is what people will see of me.
Post # 3
Do you use some sort of bronzer accelerator?
It will help to build a bit more colour quicker as well as keep you moisturized!
Post # 4
Get an airbrush tan! It will save you so much money, not to mention skin cancer risks, and will give you the tan you want. Dont do mystic, do the airbrush where a person physically sprays you and I promise, if you go to a good place, it will look great. I used to do this for pageants and appearances and I would never go back to tanning beds. I would suggest doing a trial run before the wedding to make sure the person does a good job and the color is good. Ask around, get reviews on places.
Post # 5
Get a spray tan! It’ll be more even and it’s way better for your skin.
Post # 6
Try a spray tan. Results are much faster, and there is much more control over the color you end up with. Bonus, no actual sun–so no peeling, and no skin damage.
Post # 7
I don’t use a tanning lotion with a bronzer because no matter how good they work, I always always end up streaked. As for the spray tan, we really don’t seem to have someone that does that in our area. To give you an idea the nearest spray tan to me, like a mystic etc, is at least 1 hours drive.
Any other ideas?
Post # 8
You definitely need a tanning lotion.l Not one with a bronzer–just something like Paint It Black, which is what I use. You want your skin moisturized WHILE you’re tanning.I was really impressed at how much better my skin held a tan when i used lotion. I was able to tan less frequently, for shorter periods of time, and get a better color.
Give it a rest, exfoliate off the peeling skin (ugh my arms are STILL peeling from vacation 2 WEEKS ago) and then go again, SLOWLY. You have until June..you have PLENTY of time. I didn’t even start tanning until 4 weeks before my wedding
Post # 9
Not like a self-tanning lotion with a bronzer, but a tan accelerator. It’s like suntan lotion but specifically for tanning beds, and it’ll help you get a deep, even tan. My friend worked at a tanning salon and recommends the John Abate brand.
Post # 10
I do use a lotion, it’s a non-bronzer lotion by designer skin called Secret Rapture. I really like how it works and i have been getting an even tan, but my biggest concern is that if I slow down I won’t keep moving forward. Does that make any sense?
Post # 11
white 2 black is a great lotion… or a lotion with a tingle factor can make a WORLD of difference. You can also they Neutrogena’s micromist tanning spray… It sprays a fine mist so there is no rubbing so it’s hard to streak… Just make sure it’s fully dry before you do move too much.
The other thing you can do is use a “better” bed (higher powered) but you shouldn’t peel unless your burning, and if you’re burning you are tanning too long. It takes about 6 weeks to get a base tan, so in the next few weeks you should get plenty of color (once you have a base it’s easy to get color!)… But definitely use a lotion!
I can only tan about once or twice a week at this point because I tan so easily after I have a base… otherwise I’ll look dirty. lol
Post # 12
Mmmm tanning…. (sorry bees, I have so much to say but simply need to move on from this thread as it is a threat to my recovery).
Post # 13
I too would give it a rest while your skin gets back to normal, and then cut my time back a little since it seems to be too much for your chest. It doesn’t seem right to tan even less now that you’re wanting more color, but it’s best for your skin to heal before you go again, and then prevent it from happening again so it won’t slow you down. Maybe there’s another bed at your salon that you can “upgrade” to, as well?
Post # 14
maybe you could try getting a spray tan? They can even do it for just your chest and face if you want it only where people will see. My salon does neck up for $15 and it keeps my face/neck even with my body (which tans much faster then my face!)
@virginiamarie hahahaha oh gosh is it wrong that this title alone made me shiver and want to go tanning…nice…warm…tanning…ahhh