(Closed) And the question is……….TO tan or NOT to tan

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I vote no. Spray tan beforehand if you must, but with an olive complexion, why would you?

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Have you tried any of the gradual self-tanner lotions? I use a lovely (and cheap!) hemp lotion from Walmart that adds a nice, subtle color. I am also very pale, so you may have different results with olive skin, but since you have a few months maybe try playing around with a few different self-tanner or gradual self-tanner lotions. I’d hit the tanning bed as a very last resort…one day of tan goodness is not worth the wrinkles or skin cancer later. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

For a wedding I would tan. In general I don’t agree with tanning all the time. But for wedding or special event I have done it.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I wouldn’t, but you’re asking the wrong girl. I’ve never tanned (I also turn into a lobster if I even try) so I’m happily pale. With an olive complexion, I’m really not sure why you’d need a tan though? And if you did, I’m sure the weather is nice in May. A couple of days laying out naturally may work.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My BFF sprayed 3 days before the wedding, it was hot outside and it ran and totally ruined the inside of her dress and you could see around the armpit area of her dress at the end of the night.  If even showed up in pics.  Ill be going to the beach for my bachelorette party and tanning my head off a month before so I dont look lobsterized  but I dont plan on specifically wedding tanning.  I fyou have olive skin, steer clear, im sure you will look gorgeous!

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was a pale bride and proud of it!  If us pale girls still look great on our wedding day, I’m sure your natural coloring will look great too!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

KNow what? I’m olive, too. And… I have *never* tanned before, but I am actually considering it.

 

Don’t ask me for advice, I’ll say go for it…

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I vote no, unless you have self control. So many of my clients are gorgeous- a few weeks before the wedding they catch the tanning bug. The day of the wedding their skin is tan (see: pinkish red) and they don’t look nearly as natural as they do in their engagement photos.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

yeah  do it.  i dont know about going 12 times though… i would say go twice a week for three weeks or something, especially if you tan easily

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@maureen9004: good advice! i will tan, and stop 2 weeks before. is that fair? 🙂

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@runnerdoc26: I’m also gonna be a doc, I also run and do triathlons, I also have a strapless dress and get mad tan lines! Tanning bed=more wrinkles @ your future anniversary dinners, and possible nasty melanoma. We both know it!

Here’s my plan: Indoor swim training whenever possible. Bringing a large selection of different necklines and sleeve lengths into the mix. Early morn/late eve training. MAJOR sunblock. Strapless swimsuit if at the lake recreationally. Strapless tops if going out on hot sunny days. Lightweight, long sleeve tops on cooler sunny days. MAJOR sunblock. Sunglass tan? Wearing a baseball cap too, to shade the face more evenly.

All that done and still lines? Exfoliate, use some bronzing powder to shade in areas that won’t possibly touch your dress, and if all else fails- no more than two tanning sessions, a week before the big day. And, you guessed it, an indoor tanning lotion with MAJOR sunblock.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Oh- and for total “reply overkill”- invest in a few sportsbras that are not racerback so you can switch that up, and some of them fancy UV blocking t-shirts.

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