- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
**Not interested in the whole skin cancer, don’t tan, debate. Don’t want to get in to that in this thread.**
I’ve never tanned in my life, meaning, I’ve never gone IN to a place to tan. When I was younger I would tan naturally in the summer while playing outdoors, but as I got older I would make sure to slather on the highest SPF and keep it on anytime I went outdoors (I got a really bad sunburn on my senior trip to Cancun). Now, I don’t spend any time outdoors simply because I just don’t have the time…
For personal reasons, I have decided that I want to start tanning. I want to get color back into my skin, and I want to LOOK like I’ve not been hiding indoors for the past 8 years. I don’t need to be DARK. I’m not going for the bronzed beauty look, I simply want color – to have a natural tanned look. In the past I’ve done spray tans (like actually having a professional speay me) and I loved that look. Compared to TAN TAN people I seemed light, but it was the color I really liked – So my goal is to reach that level and then just maintain it.
Here are some things I am not too sure on from what I’ve been reading. Hopefully some of you can help answer these questions:
High Pressure vs. Low Pressure:
I read that HI beds have more UVA (better of the two evils), provide a deeper, longer lasting tan but takes longer to build, while a LO has more UVB (the rays that cause sunburns) but will tan you faster and you’ll see results faster.
My questions here: Which do I start with? UVA sounds like the better of the two options, but since its high pressure, would I need to stay in it shorter amounts of time? I’m afraid that I will burn in the LO bed even if I stay in it for a little bit. My skin, like I explained above, has been sheltered from sunlight for a while now, and want to do the safest route that will avoid a sunburn. (Safe, being a relative term here.)
So, reading more about tanning I’ve come across many different “tips” on how/when to tan. But really, it seems like everyone has a different opinion on this. Some say, for folks like me, start off every other day, some say start off one day tan, skip two days, one day tan, etc. for the first 3 times, THEN go to every other day.
Then there are those that say tan for X-amount of minutes per session, but how do I figure out how long to tan in whichever bed I chose? A lot of places say that the girls working there can help you decide…. but really, I’ve got that paranoid “afraid of a sales pitch” thing going on (are you actually TRYING to help or get more business from me?).
Are lotions actually worth it? I mean the high dollar ones that are sold in tanning salons, or would a drugstore tanning bed safe lotion work for me? I just want to keep my skin HYDRATED (I plan to drink a bottle of water before and after each session, in addition to my daily water intake – well… with my MIO… because I am a freak who hates the taste of water.)
If you think lotions are worth it, PLEASE give me a suggestions for which one I should get from the tanning salon!
If you DON’T think they are worth it, PLEASE tell me why, and if you use a drugstore one, please give me that suggestion too.
I also read that you need to use a high SPF on your lips and that you should cover your face for 1/2 the time as your face (which is exposed to more sunlight) will darken faster than the rest of your body. Also… I read that I shouldn’t shower for 24 hours after tanning. Really? Something about how the tan is still developing? WHAT? You mean that even in TANNING beds you can’t shower? I get the whole spray tan thing (I’ve had 30+ in the last 8 years) and am a pro with those, but I was shocked about the tanning bed part too.
Finally I read that if you’ve got sensative skin (mine is tempermental) that you should not shave/exfoliate in the 24 hours prior to your tanning session, but that you should exfolitate/buff your skin regularly to keep it looking even and not flaky/patchy.
Thanks in advance! Spray tans, really, just aren’t worth it for long term use. I got to the point where I could stretch my tan for nearly 14 days, but paying $40 a pop just got too much for me, I’ve spent over $1,200 on spray tans (YIKES!) and really don’t get too much tan enjoyment out of it (no beaches, pools, etc.). Plus it was just too time consuming.