Post # 1
I am super pale, like day-glo in the sun. Normally, I don’t care at all, but I wear a lot of V-neck shirts, so my chest and arms have a bit of a light tan to them, and my shoulders are pure white. I’m wearing a strapless dress, so I’d like to look a bit more uniform. I totally meant to go outside every day for the last month or so and tan for 15 minutes, but time got away from me and now I’m 11 days away and no closer to looking less farmer and more healthy glow.
So what do you think?? Should I try to use the Jergen’s Natural Glow tanning moisturizer for the next week and a half? Should I breakdown and get the lightest spray tan I can on next Friday (wedding is a Sunday)? What won’t come off on my dress and/or not look blotchy after a shower? I’m not trying to even look ‘tan’, I just want to look even and for my legs to not look like I’m wearing white tights in my shower photos.
Any advice would be appreciated!!
Post # 4
If you try the Jergens make sure to be careful about washing your hands afterwards and any creases. I had a friend who wasn’t so careful and all their creases and hands turned oompa loompa orange.
Post # 5
Do the lightest spray tan! I’m not a big fan of Jergen’s. When I used it I ended up with streaks (maybe I’m just not good at applying it lol) and felt like it had a weird tint to it. I felt like I looked really yellow-ish. Its a daily glow, and because its so subtle it doesn’t have a color guide. Without an instant color guide you won’t know if you missed any areas until days later!
Post # 6
I found the Jergens to be streaky but personally I’d do neither – you’re wearing a white dress and I’d be worried it would come off onto the dress if you’re hot or sweaty or if there’s any friction.
Have your photog photoshop your photos to give you a more tanned colour – personally I wouldn’t risk making my dress all smudgey!
Good luck OP – I’m allergic to the sun pasty white so I’m going down the aisle looking like a very happy Casper!
Post # 7
@Steph01924: I honestly wouldnt chance it this close to the wedding.
I’m super pale and I cant use any of that stuff, not even just tinted moisturizer. It makes me look like an oompa loompa.
Post # 8
I’m extremely pale and I think Jergen’s is the way to go. It’s amazing! I had almost sworn off fake tanners until I started using it (: I use the gradual tanner in ‘medium’ so that I build up the colour more quickly (like a regular self-tanner), but because there’s so much lotion in it I don’t find it makes me streaky (it’s very forgiving aha).
ETA: I only need one coat of the Jergen’s and I’m good to go. I think any more than one coat within a three day period would look really fake. If you’re using the ‘fair’ formula you might need a couple of coats. I put it on before bed and then lightly scrub my body with a loofah the next morning and it totally evens it out (:
Post # 9
Thanks for the thoughts, everyone! You’ve given me some things to think about.
Post # 10
I like Jergens when I am already tan. Otherwise I look kind of orange. I would never have done a spray tan before my wedding for fear of it streaking or rubbing off on my dress. I would just have the photographer tint your skin to look tan.
Post # 11
I had a bit of a farmer’s tan and was considering tanning spray (just one you do yourself). It apparently didn’t come off on clothes or anything, but I chickened out and didn’t use it because I didn’t want it coming off on my dress.
I personally wouldn’t do it…turns out my farmer’s tan didn’t really show up that bad in pics. Take a pic and see if it’s really as bad as you think it is first. I would try the Jergens stuff early (like today!) and wear a white shirt to see if it comes off on it. I wouldn’t recommend a spray tan if you’re really pale (even if it is the lightest one).
Post # 12
I wouldn’t do a spray tan unless you’ve had some time to perfect what you like. I really like Banana Boat’s Summer Color tanning lotion, I believe it comes in a spray type too.
I personally wasn’t a fan of the Jergens. It took foreverrrrrr to build up any hint of color, and I’m very fair skinned.
Post # 13
I am just as pale as you, OP, and this summer I was determined to get tan for once. I tried Jergens and to be honest- I hardly noticed I used it! I used it every day- and I really lathered it on- and I hardly had any color. I was pretty shocked actually, maybe I just have weird skin? But I’ve tried other tanners and have turned orange- Loreal Sublime I think it was. My one good friend swears by Fake Bake but I’ve never tried it. Good luck!
Post # 14
@Steph01924: I would def do Jergens
Post # 15
Florida girl here, too.
As a fellow fair-skinned bride, can I vote for just staying pale? 🙂 Fair skin is beautiful.
This close to the wedding, you might not want to risk it. And I’d be worried about it coming off onto the dress.
Chances are, if it’s just a bit of light tan on your chest/arms, nobody in person is going to notice it in the least- you see it in the mirror because you’re aware of it and looking for it.
If you’re worried about it showing up in photos later, just mention it to your photographer. Something like that shouldn’t be very hard to fix in the editing process. 🙂