Post # 1
I’ve never been to a tanning salon or in a tanning bed. All my tanning is done outside during the summer. Wedding is July 14 and I’m super pale. I tried spray tanning but it peeled in my cleavage and don’t want that on the honeymoon.
Question is: when do I start tanning?
How often do I go and for how long?
Do you wear sunscreen?
Any tips are helpful for me – I’m a newbee!
i haolio live skin and usually tan – not burn 🙂
Post # 3
Please please don’t go on a tanning bed! They are so bad for you!
Tanning Beds Cause 170,000 Skin Cancers In USA Annually
exfoliate well and go to a spray booth if you must, it’s so not worth the risk. 🙂
Post # 4
For a natural looking tan look into airbrush tanning or Jergens lotion (color building). I use the lotion year round and I am always getting compliments and I got an airbrush tan for the wedding.
Post # 5
Use Jergens! Love that stuff. Start with the lightest formula 🙂 you have plenty of time. Start maybe 3 months out. Takes me about 4 days to notice color
Post # 6
I always get a spray tan with no problems.
My tips- leading up to getting a spray tan keep skin moisturised and exfoliate well.
– after tan make sure you keep skin moisturised ( twice a day if you can)
– I use a gradual tanner at night which helps maintain it longer
stay away from solariums not worth the risk.
Post # 7
Plus tanning dries you out. My FMIL is Sicilian and insists on tanning. She does not need to. It looks bad and way too dark for her. It’s def.aged her. I use to a lot but stopped. It’s so bad for you!!!
Post # 8
@LilaPenelope: I am going to echo PPs and tell you not to do it. I used a tanning bed once and it was a terrible experience. I got badly burned, i couldnt sit down without being in pain for a week! Do not do it!
Post # 9
I went to a tanning bed for a month before my wedding. I have heard horror stories of spray tan rubbing off on the dress and since I was having a beach wedding didn’t want to chance it with the humidity and all. I went about 4-5 weeks before the wedding and just started off at the very minimum amount in the bed(like 5 minutes the first time) and just gradually increased it.
You have to buy special lotion at the tanning place to use, otherwise you won’t tan evenly and it will dry your skin out. It has to be a special lotion made for tanning beds only as well so it doesn’t mess up the acrylic on the beds. You also have to buy goggles as well to protect your eyes.
Some people have good luck with spray tans and self tanners…they always made me look orangey so I figured one month of tanning won’t hurt me that much. I wouldn’t advocate going after the wedding though. I also applied sunscreen to my face and covered it with 2 towels most of the time I went as well. Only time I exposed my face was in the stand up beds. I did love the color I had for my wedding and wasn’t orangey at all and didn’t have to worry about it wearing off on my dress all day and night. Good luck!
Post # 10
I have tan lines and this post has got me freaking out! I have had several bad burns before and am not supposed to go in the sun much. I use sun screen when I go outside for jogs but not enough to prevent the tan lines I guess.
Do you put the Jergens everywhere? On your face too? Or only on the tan lines? Can it be done in 4 months?
Post # 11
Personally as a pale (white as a sheet) person, I find fake tans, Jergens lotion, St Tropez, all that stuff is WAY too yellow for me. It is also SO noticeable when it peels off, even with the gradual stuff, so that it’s just really not okay. Maybe there’s some secret to it that I haven’t found but I have tried several. I use tanning booths, but I go like… six to eight times a year max, just to get a tiny bit of color so I don’t look blue in pictures. I honestly figure that since I’m not doing it every day or even weekly, and I never lay out in addition to that (always wear gobs of sunscreen when I go swimming because I burn so easily), I am minimizing the risk as much as possible. Yes, it would be better to never do so at all, but at the end of the day I’m vain enough to risk it.
I’d start going two to three months before your wedding, once a week, for five minutes the first time and six to seven on subsequent times (since you say you usually tan and not burn, you may be able to do more, but just add one minute each time – I usually burn instead of tanning and seven is the absolute max I can do). They will TRY to make you go every day, but you just have to hold firm and not do it. Plus it takes two to three days for tans to fully develop, so I never go any more frequently than every third or fourth day. I wear SPF 10-15 on my face but no sunscreen anywhere else unless I have been outside a lot and my forearms are a little darker or something, in which case I’ll put SPF 20 on the darker parts. When I get out of the bed, I cover myself in lotion (I usually put it on before I leave the house to go tanning too).
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@sheepandbear: they have both face and body lotion! Once you use it for like a wk you should be all even! I had a line from my strapless bandeu top(DD loves swimming) and it was gone within a wk or so! I like a smooth,even tan.
Post # 14
@cherryblossomlove: youre kidding?! I am going to buy that first thing in the morning and use it for a week to see what it does. Is it just a fake tan? I dont need to put it on and go lay outside do it? Does it just slowly fade…or will it peel off …or? (lol sorry I’m so clueless)
@LilaPenelope: This thread is awesome.
Post # 15
@sheepandbear: No peeling. I did it right out of the shower and air dried aka walk around booty naked lol ;p For like 5-10 minutes. Blow dry your hair or let it dry too. No laying out either! It’s about $8 for the body lotion and I believe the same for the face. Use the light/medium one. I used that. I need to start too!!!
Post # 16
Oh it slowly fades 🙂 Nothing bad either.