Post # 1
If you’re choosing to go tanning before your wedding, how far in advance should you start working up a base tan? I’m trying to just look slightly sunkissed – not like I already was in Hawaii for a week! I just wasn’t sure what the general guidelines are. I’ve only been to a tanning place a few times, but I definitely want a little color for the big day.
Post # 3
I don’t want to be a party pooper, but I strongly advise against tanning. I did an airbrush tan that looked beautiful for my rehearsal dinner, wedding, and into the honeymoon. A good hand-airbrushed tan is much healthier than tanning. If you PM me, I can send pics of be before and after. If you live in So Cal, the best airbrush tan is with Kona Tanning Company (http://www.konatanningcompany.com) — they’ve airbrushed playboy playmates and the gladiators on American Gladiators.
Post # 4
I totally second caliocteach–tanning is really bad!
But… if you choose to get an airbrush tan or a spray tan (not airbrushed), you should do a trial run for sure to see how it looks on you. I think everyone either has had a bad experience, or else knows someone who did.
If you choose to go tanning, I would say start at least 3 weeks prior. I tan pretty easily, so if I go about three times a week, I have a pretty good color after only a couple of weeks. You could consider a combination of those tanning lotions (the gradual ones) along with a few tans in a tanning bed, too.
Post # 5
While tanning is obviously noot good for you, I sometimes go and I love laying out in the sun. So, that being said, how easily do you tan? Do you usualkly burn? The best thing to do would be to ask the people working at the tanning salon you are going to. They’ll have the best information for you!
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2018 - Majestic Colonial Resort, Punta Cana
Although I agree that a spray tan is healthier, if you’re going to Hawaii it won’t help you build the base tan you need so you won’t get burned. There’s nothing more sad than a gal in a gorgeous wedding dress with white bikini strap lines.
I’m quite fair so I started going exactly one month before – twice a week to start then three times a week for the last 2 weeks. It was perfect. I looked glowy but not super tanned. But be sure to consult with the people at the salon to choose the right schedule for you.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2009 - Beach Social Hall
I definitely second Kara321 about a trial airbrush tan; I had one a few years ago for prom, it was terrible. It smelled really bad, and when it came off, it came off in patches.
Post # 8
You can’t really go off what others have done. Those who work at a tanning salon can help you figure out how much and for how long you should be in the beds without burning your skin. They give you a (not-so scientific) form to fill out that asks about your skin sensitivity/history/etc.
If you do decide to fake n’ bake, try at least covering your face. That "slight" glow that your looking for can be applied to your face with makeup.
Post # 9
I am getting married in May outdoors and I already have a tan skin tone but I get lighter during the winter so I usually tan in the spring to get my color back for the summer. My results have been great. I started tanning early to get ready for my engagement photo’s. I think it just depends on your skin type and your response to the tanning. Since I know my skin and how it responds. I will stop about two weeks before my wedding. I usually only tan 2-3 times a week for about 10-12 minutes each session. In a level 2 or 3 bed but I am already pretty tan. I would just go in and ask a proffessional. Weigh your options. I personally do not like spray tans or airbrushed my skin looks orange when I have done that in the past.
Post # 10
Ok Dermatology Bee here to say Tanning’s a no no. Things to consider, some people don’t pigment evenly you can end up with brown blotchiness, worse if your older or hormonal especially to your face! Even worse precancerous red spots will pop out with ANY UV exposure and tanning also increases broken veins! If all you want is a glow I recommend the week long gradual, not at all streaky self tanners.
Post # 11
I also am doing a (by hand) airbrush tan. I tried it before my vacation, and it looked SO REAL. Just don’t Mystic tan. I used to "fake bake", and I’m already getting sun spots @ 29, whah. Unless you are going to somewhere tropical for your honeymoon, then maybe start a month in advance….only start with 3-5 minutes, but even then, even a "base tan" is bad for you.
Post # 12
I agree with Miss CCC — find a tanning salon that you like and can afford and talk to the people there about what will be best for your situation. I’m planning on doing a stand up bed before my wedding probably starting about 1 month before.
Post # 13
I also recommend the airbrush-tan – I’ve had it done for several special events and it looks great for about 1-2 weeks. Just make sure you get it done a few days before your wedding, so it’s not too intense and you get the ‘sunkissed’ look you want. ALSO – take a shower and thoroughly exfoliate EVERYTHING before you go to your appointment, and don’t use any moisturizer unless absolutely necessary. Flaky airbrush-tans are the consequence of skin that’s not clean (ie, free of dirt, oils and dead skin-cells: these things prevent the spray-tan from absorbing evenly).
Post # 14
I’ll agree with the talking to the professionals where you go. Make sure you talk to someone who knows what they’re talkinga bout tho, not some teenager working their first job or some such. I personally am about to start going (as soon as I get my next paycheck) and my wedding’s not till May 23rd. But the thing is, I do NOT tan easily. It’ll be a month before anyone can even tell I’ve been going. So it definitely depends on you. If you don’t have a feel for how long it takes for you, you might start right away, to test, then stop or cut back to get the right level of tan.