Post # 1
Yes I am Greek, but unfortunately I did not inherit the easily-tanned olive skin! I am pretty fair-skinned with sensitive skin. I know I should embrace my natural skin color, but it would be nice to have a bit of a glow on my wedding day 🙂
I have never tried a tanning bed before and am looking for some advice. My wedding is a mere 3 1/2 weeks away and I’m wondering if 3 1/2 weeks enough time to safely develop a tan for a novice tanner? Or, should I just make a habit of heading to the beach for some natural rays before the big day (I don’t burn with my SPF at the beach)? I’ve tried doing sunless, spray-on tan but did not have great results so am not planning on doing that again. I’d rather look pale than red/burned, so I don’t want to try anything that could be too risky, so please let me know about your experiences with tanning beds!
Post # 3
I didn’t risk it for mine….tanning is so dangerous!!
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2010 - Marie Gabrielle, Dallas
what self tanners did you try? There are so many great ones out there now. I used Jergens (yes, it smells kind of funny), but I swear so many people asked me where I’d been on vacation and it was all from a bottle! Plus it develops overtime, so you don’t have to do a perfect application. Don’t tan!
Post # 5
Tanning beds are soooo bad for you BUT if you want a tan via a bed, you need to get in there NOW!
I used to tan but don’t anymore just because of the risks associated. But if you do it, you need to start tanning now for the lowest amount of time. If you burn easy, do it only for 4-5 minutes. If you burned at all from that, the next time you go back, do the same amount of time or a minute less. Then once you have a base, you can gradually build your time.
Make sure you purchase one of the tanning bed lotions. There is no spf but it will provide moisturizer for your skin as well as assist in the tanning process.
Also, make sure you purchase proper eye protection from the tanning salon.
Just be careful.
Also, you can do the Mystic Spray tan in the booths in the tanning salon. A good salon should go over all of the basics on how to do it correctly.
You can also hire a place to personally spray you with an air brush…but I would do a trial run first.
Post # 6
i’m not trying it either. pale skin can be beautiful too, there’s no need to go and risk skin cancer or turning yourself orange.
Post # 7
if you are that fair then you can start with very low minutes and work your way up. oyu’d have a bit of a glow on your day. I DID tan for mine, but Im Italian and have the olive, very easily tanning skin. You want to start off very cautious though. Even if you burn now and it heals, you dont want to be peeling, even a little, on your day.
If the mystic tan didnt work for you, try an airbrush tan. A person actually airbrushes you, but they can better custom tailor the color.
Post # 8
I have only had a few problems with tanning beds. Back when I actualyl had time in my life that I thought I should fill with tanning I would go to the local salon and tan. My major problem was not wanting to follow the reccomended tanning time. Because the light is more intense than natural sunlight it is reccommended that you only go for about 5 minutes at a time for the first ______ times and then it slowly increases. Well, I wanted to cheat and decided to go longer, not much longer, like less than 5 minutes longer and I was a lobster that night.
If you go, follow the time reccommendations! Also, clean your bed before and after use. People are supposed to clean them after use, but I wouldnt trust it. And dont be afraid to wear some sunblock. You will still tan with it on and will have less of a risk in burning.
Post # 9
I know most people are against tanning, but it’s one of my vices ;o) I haven’t tanned in a tanning bed since college, but when I was in college, I went almost every day. I know that’s not good for you, which is why I don’t do it anymore.
Anyway, if you go for a minimum time a couple/three times a week, you should be good. Ask the people at the tanning salon too, because they can usually help out with what amount of time you should go in for and how often. Just don’t use any of the accelerator creams or anything like that. Just regular lotion before and after.
I tan very easily, but my sister is very pale, and she always goes tanning before events and such. She just does like 6-8 minutes a few times a week.
Post # 10
Oh yes, and definitely use the eye protection. Try to use the little stickers that go over your eyes…I feel like they work the best (and they’re usually free) I wouldn’t use the free “glasses” they let you borrow because they will give you a tan line across the bridge of your nose.
Post # 11
I don’t like tanning very much, but I do it occassionally. Currently I have some tan lines on my shoulder that WILL show up on my bridesmaid dress in a few weeks, but I’m going to spray it up since it’s not *my* wedding. I tanned for mine…to not go excessively, it takes me about a month. I can get nice and tan in 2 weeks of diligently going tho. But I like to take my time so I don’t feel like I must go for 10 minutes….i like to very slowly build up. PLus most places sell 1 month packages which are cheapest than individual tans anyways! Buy a good lotion at least–it’ll keep your skin moisturized so your tan will last longer and soak in more. So you ultimately go less
Post # 12
Please don’t do the tanning beds, it’s not worth the risk of skin cancer.
I definately recommend the mystic tans or spray tans. Try them out in advance to see what shades look best with your dress. If done right, they won’t rub off on your dress, don’t worry.
There is the option of the tanning creams, but those are iffy.
Post # 13
Like the PPs have said, just start off with a low amount of time in the bed and build up from there. I’m getting married in 11 days and started going to the tanning bed early last week to build up a bit of color before the big day. I’ve been three times and have not gotten burnt, but can definitely notice a nice glow. The people working should be able to provide some insight on what the appropriate amount of time is for you. And, definitely go now, just in case you burn.
Post # 14
Before you decide on tanning, keep in mind that it may mean a change in the foundation you’ve already picked out…unless you’re really self-concious about being light, you might want to consider skipping the stress at this stage.
If you want to tan though, stop by a tanning salon in the next day or two.
You said you’ve tried spray tan before, but if you just want a glow for the wedding, you might want to give it another try with a salon that does Mystic spray tanning…the quality of what you get really varies from salon to salon. You’d be able to tell that night if you like the way it looks and you’d also have a chance to see how long it lasts on you and if one application is dark enough for you. Lasts about a week for me. Plus, applying the pre-tan lotion can take a little practice to make sure the lines around your feet and hands are smooth. Plenty of time.
If you want a tan for the wedding AND for the honeymoon (keep from burning on day 1) you might want to consider a bed. Start small…4-5 min…better to get to not obvious results than burn. You don’t have the immediate and dramatic results like with spray tanning, but it does last longer and can help with burning on the honeymoon if you’re going to a beach. I personally don’t like tanning beds, but if I do go to one I stick with the lower juice beds…they take longer, but I feel like getting fried with the higher bulbs can’t be good…just my opinion. If you went once a week until your wedding, you might see a little glow…twice a week and you’d definitely notice a tan by then. you’ll know after your first visit if a bed is a good option for you…burn or itch after.
Post # 15
For me, the risk of skin cancer is definitely NOT worth tanning. I used the Olay Touch of Sun (which smells a little better than the Jergens IMO) and I think it gave me a nice, subtle color on my wedding. I don’t know why everyone thinks you have to be tan to wear a wedding dress. I think pale skin can be really beautiful and flattering–take Anne Hathaway at this year’s Oscars!
Post # 16
I recently went to a family wedding and the bride had a beautiful tan glow – like people do when they come back from vacation – anyway I asked her and she said it was a spray tan (done at a tanning place). You have time to try it now – if you don’t like it, it will be worn off before the wedding and no health risk!