(Closed) BEES! When is the best time to start fake baking before the big day?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
1756 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I wouldn’t do a tanning bed at all.  It is so bad for your skin and your cancer risk goes way up.  Also, if you burn easily in the sun you’ll burn easily in a tanning bed.  I went once in college and was in there for all of 5 minutes, and my calves were totally sun burned.  Never ever again.

I would just recommend trying out some different tanning products if you really want to do that for the wedding…if you just want a hint of color, it might be worth trying those lotions that do really gradual color without being orange.

Post # 3
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

Try a different spray tan or self tanning lotion – i always request the lightest shade of spray tan and it turns me a lovely beachy bronze. Anything darker and I look like a tandoori chicken. Also try and find one that does not contain orange pigments – I use EcoTan (I’m in Australis) and its fantastic.

If you have fair skin and burn easily DEFINITELY don’t use a sunbed. No matter what the person at the tanning shop will tell you, no amount of time on them is safe for your skin type. Plus after even a few uses they increase your risk of melanoma by about 70% – completely not worth it!!! FYI tanning beds are actually now illegal in Australia after being found responsible for a string of skin-cancer related deaths in very young people (25yr olds). 

Post # 4
1012 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I worked in a tanning salon for a couple years. You say you burn easily but how easily? It takes a few days to build up a “base tan” and you should go the first 2 days in a row. Then start going every other day. 2 weeks is what I would suggest, depending on what packages your local tanning salon has. Tell them you burn easily and to recommend a time for you. Start going only a few mins and build up. And use a lotion!!! They sell them there. The lotion moisturizes and helps you tan, not burn. I highly recommend! I know tanning is so bad for you but I’ve done it myself when I needed some color to wear a dress. I hope that helped!!! 

Post # 5
4231 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Not worth it. Try another brand of tanner if you must , but don’t damage your skin for one day. 

Post # 6
3791 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Don’t go to a tanning bed, it’s cancer waiting to happen.  I would try another spray tan place.  Your skin tone sounds like mine.  I burn SO easily and I’m SO pale.  A spray tan has been great for me and gives me a summery glow.

Post # 7
24 posts
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Butterfields Ballroom

I actually tan quite often (since I own my own bed) I don’t burn at all so 30 mins a day/every other day is good for me to keep a good base tan. I’ve tried the spray tans as well as the reason u turn bright orange is bc they use bronzer in all their sprays. My Fiance has skin tone exactly like yours, I’m always putting sunscreen on him when he’s in the sun but ever since he started tanning in the bed (getting ready for the honeymoon) he burns a lot less. He started out doing like 5 mins every other day and now he’s up to about 15 mins. He does it maybe once or twice a week now just to keep a base tan. So I would recommend starting out slowly, and buy a lotion without the major bronzing affects, that will leave u orange as the spray tan. Hope that helps 🙂 

Post # 8
1099 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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ohmylanta13:  I cannot stress how important it is that you don’t use a tanning bed. I’m not even being dramatic when I say they are death traps. Just not worth it, even if you think you can get away with using them just a couple of times. With your fair skin, you’re at the greatest risk.

Definitely either try alternative fake tan products, or rock your beautiful fair skin. I didn’t fake tan in the end (and am also crazy pale) because I just couldn’t be bothered with all the effort and concerns about it streaking or rubbing off on my dress etc. and I have no regrets. I love how my pale skin ended up looking in my ivory dress.

Post pics if you want – the bees will tell you honestly if you need a fake tan. Of course, if you want one, go for it anyway!

Post # 9
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I’m with the others on this…DON’T use tanning beds. The risk in NOT worth the reward! I cannot use spray tanning booths at all..I turn orange, streaky, have weird patches regardless of how well I exfoliate etc. However, if I go to a salon that airbrushes you in person it is flawless! The gradual lotions work well for me too. I recently tried TanWise self tanner and loved it as well. Good luck!

Post # 11
1903 posts
Buzzing bee

What about using a gradual tanner? Start now and use it every day and you will build up a nice subtle glow.

Post # 13
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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ohmylanta13:  I’ve just tried Garnier Summer Body tanning moisturiser and it’s so good! It’s a moisturiser with a gradual tanner and it’s so so easy to use, you can’t go wrong. I’ve used loads of self tanners over the years and this one is my favourite for a “healthy glow” rather than full blown Caribbean tan. You should definitely give it a try, you can buy it on Amazon.

Post # 14
172 posts
Blushing bee

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ohmylanta13:  I know I’m a couple days late on this, but did you use one of those spray tan booths (like Mystic Tan) or did you actually have a person spray you?  It makes a HUGE difference…the booths always gave me streaks and was very uneven.  Now, I only go to a certain girl at a specific salon because she does the best job and makes sure I’m completely dry before I leave!

As far as removing your oompa-loompa ness, try baby oil.  Put it on wherever you want the tan to fade and leave it for about an hour.  Then take a long, hot bath and use an exfoliating mitt to gently remove the color.

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