Post # 1
I need some advice, I just had my bridal shower last week and wore an ivory dress (which is also the color of my wedding dress).I noticed in the pictures I look so pale, almost too pale.
I hate the really tan bride look and realize that ivory/white will make you look tanner but seeing the pictures from my shower is making me worried and I think I need to get some color to my skin before the wedding. I just want a little color, not too much.
I hate tanning beds but on the other hand I’m nervous that if I do a spray tan I’ll look really orange and not natural or that it may come off on my wedding dress.Anyone have any experience with Versaspa? Did it come off on your wedding dress? How many days before the wedding did you get it done? About how much was it for a session?
For the laides that went the tanning bed route, when did you start going and how often?
Post # 3
I tried versaSpa tanning before my wedding and I HATED it…I looked really orange and just felt yucky. Luckily, I had it done about a month before my wedding just in case. I ended up showering about 8 hours after I got it done (they recommend waiting 24) and was able to lessen the orange-ness of it. It was gone completely in about a week. I ended up going with no tan and I’m pretty fair skinned and wore ivory. The coloring of your skin in photos is very dependent on your photographer and how they use the natural light. My pictures turned out great and I love the color of my skin in them, not pale at all.
Post # 4
@NowMrsS: Thank you! Did you get the bronze finishing coat after or the clear coat? I read some posts that the finishing coat makes a difference and the bronze will make you look really orange right away but it fades in a day or so and the clear coat is very gradual and you won’t look orange at all.
Post # 5
I used to tan all the time, so I plan to do that. I stopped tanning because I had a friend who looked really leathery, due to her obsessive tanning. I haven’t tanned in 6+ years and don’t really spend much time in the sun. Due to this, I’ll probably have to adjust how many times a week I tan.. but I used to tan 3 days a week for 20 minutes, and once I reached the shade I was after, I only went once a week for 20 minutes.
Post # 6
I just did an airbrush tan for my engagement photos and it cracked on my legs. I looked like a reptile! I’m going to be going in the bed. It looks more natural and there is no risk of crackage.
Post # 7
I’m naturally pale and don’t tan especially well, but I had a good experience with the tanning bed. I never went more than twice a week–I started about 2.5 months out from my wedding day at 5 minutes, then gradually worked my way up to 14 minutes (the very last week that I was tanning). Went up 1-2 minutes at a time, depending on how my skin did the last time. If I got even a little pink, I skipped the second trip during the week, because being patient was FAR preferable to peeling (it takes 2 weeks or more for skin to stop peeling if you overdo it, and tanning more will make it worse!) I went only in the base-level beds and used a basic tanning bed lotion (no tingle, no nothing, just vitamins and plain lotion), which helped keep my skin from burning or peeling in the bed.
I’m not an expert on the subject, this is just what happened to work for me. I got about 2-3 makeup shades darker by the end of the 2nd month. Fair warning, though–I’m naturally pale, so I ended up with a few more freckles on my arm that are now more noticeable as my skin lightens up this winter. I’ll also say that I tried out spray tanning before the wedding (professional did it by hand) but I thought it was too dark. Natural looking, yes, but just too dark for my taste.
Post # 8
I would do normal tan to get a little bronze color
Post # 9
I used versa spa for my wedding. I loved it and it didn’t actually rub off on my ivory dress. However. If you’ve never done it before I would not choose your wedding day to experiment. As a pale upstate New Yorker where the sun does not shine, I have had a lot of spray tan practice. You definitely need to learn the tricks before you use it for anything important.
Post # 10
@Beachy0404: Tanning beds are cancer traps. I embraced my pale skin, and I think you should too.
Post # 11
Also I should add versa spa is pretty fantastic. Do not use mystic tan! I use level 2 in versa and I’m still not really orange ever. I went the day before my wedding. And showered the extra off the morning of. It’s like 30 bucks here.
Post # 12
@Beachy0404: I’ve spray tanned a lot, I’m a fair red head and tanning beds would be a big mistake for me. I think you should go and try out a spray tan and see how you like it. Someone who airbrushed you would be able to customize it more than a Mystic HD or Versaspa; however, those are good options. I’ve done the Mystic and you can choose various levels of tanning, so start with the lightest. For my wedding next week I have an airbrust tan Thursday night, so by Saturday it will have faded a bit but will still give me a bit of color.
Post # 13
Versa = ORANGE/streaky. Don’t do it. I’d get a professional spray tan, if anything.