(Closed) Pasty pals: self tan? fake bake? or au natural?

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: I plan to...

    ...go tanning.

    ...use self-tanning lotion.

    ...go with whatever color my skin happens to be that day.

    ...purposely stay out of the sun so I can be as pale as possible.

  • Post # 3
    184 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I stayed out of the sun, but it was to avoid tan lines… I didn’t intentionally want to be super pale.

    self tanner can be tricky. If you’re going to do that I would try it out several months in advance first to make sure you like how it looks…

    Post # 4
    1150 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I did a professional spray tan for the day of the wedding. Best $$ I spent. It looked great and not unnatural in any way.

    Post # 6
    856 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I have decided not to tan. It was actually a little surprising that I felt like I definitely didn’t want to hit the tanning bed before my own wedding when it’s something that I’ve always done for other events. I just want my skin to be as flawless as possible and I feel like the tanning bed just doesn’t give you that “glow” that you would expect. Instead, it looks a little…I don’t know…worn.

    Anyway, that being said, I’m going to try my hand at self tanners. There are some really great ones that work gradually. I’m going to start several months before the wedding so I can be sure. I don’t want to look tan necessarily but I don’t want to look super pale either.

    Post # 7
    3132 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Fiance actually likes the pale look, and so although I wouldn’t mind being a bit more tan, I stayed out of the sun, and I’ll be proud of my glow-in-the-dark paleness on my wedding day.

    Post # 8
    378 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I found a groupon for airbrush tan… I think I did the second to lightest color and it gave me a beautiful sunkissed glow. And it was even!! I went on friday and got married on sunday, nothing rubbed off on my dress.b

    Post # 9
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Personally, I don’t understand why people willingly expose themselves to the damaging rays that tanning beds emit. I don’t want to offend anyone, but personally I think if the choice is damaging your skin and potentially risking your life or dealing with what nature gave you, the answer should be obvious (but then we do MANY things that are not so good for us in the name of beauty, lol).

    I’ve seen really good spray tans, so if you want a tan I’d say go that route. Find a place with a good reputation and maybe book an appointment a few months before the wedding to ensure they’re going to deliver the results you want.

    Or go natural! I’m a pale chica and glad to be. You know, if you lived a couple hundred years ago you’d be the height of fashion 😉

    Post # 10
    1012 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I always make a point to stay out of the sun as much as possible, and I wear sunscreen on my face every day. (My moisturizer has it in it.) I wear long pants year-round and if my arms are going to be exposed, they will have sunscreen on them too. So basically I’m always pale, and I like it that way. No crocodile skin for me when I’m 50!

    Post # 11
    1535 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I’m pale all year round, so no tanner for me.  It’d look weird since that’s not how I ever look.  

    Post # 12
    232 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m naturally fair skinned, so the sun and I don’t get along too well.  I plan on just rocking my paleness! 

    Post # 13
    1884 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I’m not necessarily pale, but I work outside a lot and frequently get a farmers tan (or runners tan)… so I will be heading to a tanning booth to hopefully minimize tan lines as my dress is strapless… But I only want a sunkissed glow, not like all out dark (which I can get very easily…)

    ETA: I guess technically it will be natural sun and tanning booth… but we are going on our honeymoon to Mexico right after the wedding and I also don’t want to burn so getting a tan before will help keep that to a minimum. But March/April in Texas is ALMOST bikini weather so I should be able to lay out some on my own.

    Post # 14
    748 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Fiance is a lot paler then I am (red head) so I’m going to be going au natural and happy to do so 🙂

    Post # 15
    8291 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I am pale & went all natural. I had someone ask me if I was going to go tan & I just said no, I never tan otherwise so I want to look like myself.

    Post # 16
    130 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I use the L’Oreal sublime self-tanning products and they’re fantastic!  They have one that has a 360 degree spray nozzle so you can reach your back, but it has the self-tanner smell.  The sublime bronze gel is fantastic as well, but you have to follow standard self-tanning rules when applying (letting it dry, exfoliating, wiping away from ankles, knees and elbows) but there’s not as much of a smell and these rules aren’t as necessary as with the spray.  Whatever works for you..

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