Post # 1
So I have heard little mentions here and there of tanning for your wedding and thought I’d throw my deal out there to see if anyone’s in the same boat. I am naturally pale. I’ve tanned here and there during different summers, but I have come to peace with my natural state, and have started to wear sunscreen every day to stay that way. One of the first things I thought about after getting engaged once I came down from all the excitement was that on my wedding day I wanted to be completly natural. Natural height (no heels), natural hair color, and natural skin color. I’m having my hair dyed back closer to my natural color next month. Anyone else taking steps similar to these?
So I’ve been using a biore moisturizer with spf 30 on my face every day, but I know I need some on my body too. I was looking at different lotions with SPF and unfortunatly they all stink like sunscreen. So I’m still looking for a good product in that area.
Post # 3
I’m planning on being all natural too 🙂 I stopped dyeing my hair after it started falling out in high school (at home dye jobs…), and never got around to getting it done professionally, I turn red instead of tan, and I can’t wear heels for medical reasons. I like being me though, and don’t want to look like someone else on my wedding day!
I think for girls who normally tan, or normally wear heels, or normally dye their hair, it makes more sense to do those things for the wedding – that’s who they are day to day!
Post # 4
i am conflicted b/c i want to be my pink and pasty self, but on the honeymoon what if i burn! Shouldn’t i have a base tan? I already wear spf a zillion.
Post # 5
@Vista- you can still burn with a tan base and it’s not a recommended thing to do at all. Even a tan is sun damage. Just keep reapplying sunscreen on your honeymoon. It will be a good sexy job for your new husband :p
Post # 6
@joes wifey it would be sexier if spf 120 wasn’t goop lol! I’l just tell him we have to stay inside…
also i saw a pic of the most stunning red head bride, you almost couldn’t tell where the dress started she was so white and she was just gorgeous!!!
Post # 7
I have also recently come to terms with my whiteness. I have read that a persons natural color is the most flattering when wearing white anyway.
Post # 8
You couldn’t get me into a tanning salon- but I do get a little tan during my usual winter (in AZ) outdoor fun. I’m totally fine with not being super tanned, I just need to avoid my natural state of “farmer’s tan”. I’m still slathering on the sunscreen, but wearing tube tops whenever I’m normally out so my natural tan will be even… otherwise I turn into a lobster!
Post # 9
As someone who is beyond white, I cannot tan. Like, physical impossibility. So I am with you there.
No need for crazy spf, just reapply often. Works much better anyways. I travel a ton, went to Vietnam for two weeks this past summer, we go to Mexico regularly. Just reapply. And sit under an umbrella when possible.
I am the queen of pasty, trust me.
Post # 10
@Vista- I guess that’s true. I find nothing appealing about sunscreen and HAAATE it. I’m a pasty myself and generally end up burning because of my extreme dislike of sunscreen. I don’t think your guy would care as much though :p Getting to rub his hands all over you lol If you don’t like the idea though, the spray stuff isn’t so bad. It’s spray on so at least you dont have the greasy residue all over your hands.
I don’t mind my super pale white skin, I just wish it wasn’t so patchy with blotches of purple and veins and stuff lol. I loove the smooth white skin, like Scarlett Johanssan
Post # 11
I am very fair skinned. I have natural strawberry blonde/auburn hair, and I definitely burn without sunscreen everywhere. I LOVE my hair, but I admit I become really frustrated with my fair skin. I went to Costa Rica in 2006, and had to spend at least 15 min each morning, and then again several times per day, applying SPF 30-45 sunscreen all over my body. I still burned, on really hot days (keep in mind Costa Rica is close the equator, so the UV index is VERY high there). I even developed sunscreen allergy midway through my trip, and had to spend a day indoors becuase I had hives all over my body. I solved it by buying a hypoallergenic sunscreen, but it took me a while to find one that worked. So yup, I am frustrated. I have had people ask me if I am sick or if I ever “go outside” (I am VERY active outdoors, so this really grinds my gears)
I will be the voice of dissent – I am going to pre-tan before my wedding. I was a bridesmaid in my friends wedding two summers ago and I pre-tanned and I loved how it looked. Now keep in mind, I did it on the lowest setting possible, I didn’t burn, and my “tan” is what most people’s pale winter skin would look like. But I felt like a million bucks. But I don’t endorse tanning for everyone, and I certainly don’t do it regularly. I still wear sunscreen and will continue to do so. Just a different experience for me I guess!
Post # 12
@ JoesWifey – I TOTALLY understand about the blotchy skin thing! My skin gets red blotches, and I have veiny legs, which is too bad because my legs are NICE!
Post # 13
I’m not sure how natural I’ll be able to be, but I am naturally VERY pale. Start thinking paper or vanilla ice cream here. I love my skin and in the right light it glows beautifully. I love your idea to be as perfect as you were made to be!
Post # 14
I am naturally pale and I have sensitive skin, but I really want to be somewhat tan on my wedding day. We’ll see what I end up with!
Post # 15
I’m naturally super white and I used to get sunburned all. the. time. Even in the winter if I was outside too long! But I went to Mexico for a week and managed to not get burned at all– I think that I finally have a foolproof method.
1) Before you go outside apply a THICK layer of 50+ spf from a bottle (average amount you’re supposed to use for full-body is at least a shot glass ful) 20-30 min before you go out.
2) Take nutragena 70spf SPRAY with you wherever you go and reapply every 60 min. I looooooooove the spray stuff and it goes on so fast. You can re-do your whole body in under a minute.
Post # 16
I am also very naturally pale, but I live in FL. I always tan in the summer. We have a boat and spend a lot of times in the outdoors in the summer. I have stopped going to the tanning salon, even though it kills me. Everyone is tan down here…..everyone. I will be tanning before the wedding, but in moderation. I want to look like myself, and I certainly don’t want to be orange bride – that is tragic.