(Closed) Consitering getting a “Base Tan”… so unsure

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have no suggestions for you, but I can’t wait to see the answers since I am the same way! The only thing I can think of is wearing tube tops the entire summer, but clearly that isn’t really an option.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

if you just want to prevent tan lines, wear plenty of sunscreen. tanning in a bed won’t help preventing other tan lines…they’ll just be darker. “base tan” is a myth.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have absolutly no experience, so on this topic I was wondring if airbrush tanning before your wedding would be able to fix something like this?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m in Iowa and have the same problem.  I bought a strapless swimming suit and plan to go that route when I’m outdoors, which should alleviate a lot of the strap lines.  Depending how much that works/doesn’t work, I plan to use a sunless tanning product – I have one from Bath & Body Works that I’ve used in the past and have been happy with.

I previously did tanning indoors prior to vacations and photos, but as I get older and read more and more on the risks, I’m hesitant to do this anymore.  You always think, “Once or twice can’t hurt” but if you know anybody who has gone through skin cancer…well, it’s not really an option or risk I’d like to take.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I know the subject of tanning always generates a lot of controversy on here…well I’m sort of in the same boat as you, except my wedding is in a week and a half. We had a gorgeous 80 degree day here a couple weeks ago and I got really burned during one of my long runs (I’ve been training for a ten mile race this weekend). I had RIDICULOUS tan lines and so I started fake baking to get rid of them – and it worked perfectly. I have had nothing but bad experiences with self tanner or airbrush tanning and I would not risk that for your wedding.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

i thought about this too, I’m gonna wear loads of sunscreen and no tank tops.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The combination of fake tanner plus TONS of sunscreen (my family is very prone to skin cancer) keeps me looking consistently tan all summer while avoiding tan lines. Try the Jergens lotions that build up over time (go with the medium shade-even when I’m at my palest the light one is barely noticeable).

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I go in a tanning bed for 5 short sessions in the beginning of the summer, get a great base tan with no lines. I should mention though I am olive skinned and don’t burn easily. The rest of the summer I wear strapless bikini tops, use 15 SPF sunscreen and avoid the sun as much as possible. If my wedding was in late October, I’d probably do the tanning bed a month before. The tan lines from the summer should’ve faded by then. I still recommend a strapless top and a high SPF through the summer.

Yes, I’m aware of the skin cancer risk so please don’t lecture me.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@kryje003: I definitely wouldn’t sacrifice your summer festivities so that you won’t get tan lines. And even if you load up on sunscreen, you will still get tan lines – at least I always do. Sunscreen helps me not burn, but I still end up getting tan. Since your wedding is in October, your tan will probably fade a bit before then. Maybe revisit this in September?

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I hadnt even thought of this uggghhh Im also large chested And i was planning on doing a trial run of a spray tan and see how that looks due to the fact of I dont tan I BURN….

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am not a huge fan of spray/fake tanning…. and would definitely not do it before my wedding. Fake tanner and white dresses just make me cringe!! Disaster waiting to happen!

I have two way opposite sets of advice… one is that actually a conversation that I had yesterday with a bridal consultant- that brides look much better with pale skin that with really tan skin. If you think about it, check out all the dress ads, the models are really pale! (Obviously this does not apply to brides of other ethnicities). Tan lines can easily be avoided by not wearing tank tops and applying tons of sunscreen.

But if you want to be a tan bride (which is totally understandable..i havent even decided this for myself) I think tanning beds are great for evening out your skin, just make sure you slowly work up your time in the tanning bed so you dont burn! A few trips before your wedding wont kill you… although im sure there is someone out there that might argue that point.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hit the tanning bed and get rid of them!!!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I burn fairly easily, so I try to stay out of the sun and use sunscreen pretty regularly. With that said, I have some tank top tanlines that aren’t fading as fast as I would like.

Another bee suggested the Jergens lotion, the kind that is kind of like a tanning lotion. You know what? It’s actually working for me. I’ve been applying it to the white areas on my chest and shoulders and my coloring is becoming more uniform.

However, keep loading up on the sunscreen!

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