(Closed) Need to tan before Wedding, whats the safest way?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Fake tan.

No other way is safe. I seriously carry around an umbrella sometimes. lol I hate tanning my skin. I can just feel the cancer cells wanting to emerge!

Post # 5
2091 posts
Buzzing bee

Honestly, go to the drugstore and pick yourself up 2 or 3 bottles of gradual tanning lotion – Olay or Jergens. This stuff is amazing. Use it once a day until your wedding, you will be really tan – but NOT ORANGE at all. It doesn’t come off on clothes, doesn’t streak, and lasts 1-2 weeks after you stop the daily “treatments”.

Don’t go to a tanning bed. Waste of money and a waste of good skin and health!

Post # 6
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Rileyxoxo3: tanning beds freak me out. It’s like a giant microwave. I would avoid it. There are great spray tans out there done by salons that look great!

Post # 10
1444 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree about using the daily lotion…I use the Jergens Natural Glow firming. I am beyond pale and it gives me a natural looking tan! I use the firming one, just because that’s what I happened to pick up, and it doesn’t have a nasty smell, it smells kind of sweet and hardly at all like self tanner. If you want a more noticeable tan faster, what I do is I apply it all over, wash my hands, let it dry completely, apply another layer all over, wash hands, then let dry. I do this at night to kick start the tanning process and when I wake up in the a.m. I have quite a bit of color. Then I apply once a day afterwards and it gradually gets darker and it maintains its color.

Post # 11
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I bought a LivingSocial for an “airbrush tan” which was similar to a spray tan (which I have spray tanned in the past with the booths that tell you when to rotate yourself). 

However, the airbrush tan was really great because you bascially strip down to the level you are comfortable with and a technician manually airbrushes you with the solution, telling you how high to raise your arms, when to turn, etc. 

They give you really strict instructions about what soaps and lotions to use afterwards.  I did this a couple days before my e-pics and the results were fabulous (I thought).  I would definitely get it maybe 2 days before whatever event you are doing it for because I just personally liked the way it looked best on Day 2 or 3 because some of it had washed off (but definitely not in a streaky way at all, it was perfect, and it lasts at least a week as long as you use lotion daily). 

Post # 12
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@cerulean713: airbrush tan is the way to go. I have done it all: tanning beds, lotions, mystic and airbrush. Tanning beds are A. Dangerous, and B. not always what you expect. If the bulbs are new,you burn. If they are old, nothing happens and you’re still white. Mystic and lotions always end up streaking. No matter how good you are at it, your feet, knuckles, knees and elbows never look quite right. Airbrush is great, as long as you get someone who knows what they’re doing. I’ve had 2 and I loved the results both times. Probably what I’ll end up doing for my wedding.

Post # 14
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

St. Tropez is the most amazing tanning lotion. Get the gradual mousse with the mit or the instant tan with a mit. They put green in it so you dont turn out orange at all!! I lovelovelovelove it. I am the whitest person ever and it makes me darker which the sun doesnt even do. It is expensive though.

Post # 15
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m wondering the same thing..I used to tan years ago…but I am high risk for skin cancer and have to see the dermatologist yearly for a mole checkup. We are having a Destination Wedding in November, and if I get the spray tan before I leave, it’ll be 4 or 5 days until the wedding and I don’t think it will last! I used the Jergens lotion years ago when it first came out, and I remember it smelling and rubbing off Frown

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