(Closed) Spray Tan or Fake ‘n Bake??

posted 11 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
3982 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

i’ve sprayed before – i personally prefer the bed if i have to choose. i really try and stay away from both but for my wedding, i did hit up the tanning bed 3 or 4 times before (february wedding, i didnt want to be dark but just wanted a little bit of color)

The thing i dont like about spray is that it looks like crap when it starts to wear off. you need a really really good exfoliator and i didnt want to deal with that for my honeymoon. but thats just me 🙂

Post # 4
31 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

i recently asked my beautician about having a fake bake done for my wedding as im quite pale too! she advised if i was to have it dont do it till at least a week before the wedding as even after its done it continues to take and go darker so best to leave it for at least a wweek before and also everyone knows me as pale ish and it would maybe look a bit strange for me to turn up all tanned! so on her advice i was a bit put off to be honest, i just use the moisturising tanners and that seems much more gradual and gentle on the skin. as sugested in previous post try the bed, might be better for clearing up any problem areas too just like the sun does  Laughing xx

Post # 5
2268 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I was worried about the spray tan melting off a bit since I’d heard that has happened to some.

I live in LA and probably get at least a mild burn a couple times a year, so I figured if I only tan a few times before my wedding it can’t be any worse than what I do on a yearly basis. I’ve already gone a couple times and I like it.

I’m trying to even out tan lines though, so I’m hoping I can do it. It’s a little bit better now, but even with putting 30 spf on my tan bits and nothing on the rest I can still see a line. But then I’ve only gone twice 🙂

Good luck!

Post # 6
15 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

The spray tan is great. you need to shower, shave and exfoliate before you go spray. and you can not get wet for at least 4 hours after – no sweating, no rain, no baths or showers. it’s best to spray tan and then go to bed. The spray tan does continue to develope on your skin for the next 4-8 hours after.

Then in about 3-4 days you will see it gradually fade away. At Palm Beach Tan they also have a spray in a bottle (like hairspray) that you can buy if you only want to tan a smal area, like your cheast/back for a strapless dress. Do this naked in the shower so that the exess spray is contained and not all over everything.

In both cases wait for it to air dry. It will stain clothes. It will not dye or stain your hair.

I play to spray tan before my wedding. If you’re unsure about which color you want go a couple weeks before and do the lightest then step up to the next level.

The spray tans at Palm Beach Tan are so advanced now that you will not end up orange, even if you tried.

Good luck ladies!

Post # 7
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I spray tan some, but not often. I dont like the smell of it and when it starts to fade it looks ike crap! 

So I prefer the bed

Post # 8
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I got skin cancer at 35.  Luckily my one-shoulder dress covers the scars on my back where it was removed.  

My friend spray tanned for her wedding, and I thought she looked kind of orange.

I don’t love my complexion and wouldn’t mind if my skin magically tanned for my wedding day, but I’ve decided that accepting it’s flaws is going to look better than a fake tan.

Post # 9
3628 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I have researched this topic a lot, and I have decided to go with a rub on lotion- I am going to try it a month before the wedding and if it works, i’ll go with it…

It won’t rub off like the spray tan might and it isn’t cancerous like the tanning beds.

After reading lots of reviews im going to go with St Tropez brand, their light version- why don’t you consider this option?

Post # 10
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have tried spray tanning and I am not a fan, I dont like the way it feels. I do not think it will help your skin…it may make it worse so be careful.


Post # 11
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

please dont take this the wrong way, i am not against spray tan or any other kind of tan .

i am a wedding photograher,  and i have photographed scres of weddings where the bride thinks its a wonderful idea to get a tan for the wedding.

for a start,  it sometimes looks like the bride has been tango’ed when she is wearing a white or ivory dress. 

then there are the photographs,  i have to work really hard to get the colours just right,  and not always successful  because althought the bride has a tan,  her guests usually dont,   so i end up having to lighten the brides skin, or darken the guests skin,  to get an overall pleasing look. 

if i dont,  then the bride stands out like a sore thumb. it somehow doesnt look natural.


Post # 12
37 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

I love spray tanning… not Mystic Tan, or the one where you stand in a booth and get sprayed by a machine but the kind where a person actually sprays you. I find that the coverage is better (less streaky) and the color is more realistic. I am ok with my fair skin tone in general but in pictures, I tend to look washed out. The lightest color spray tan just makes me look healthier and more vibrant. I have done it a few times, for special occasions like weddings. I think that 3-4 days before the event is the perfect time to do it, but if you haven’t done it before I would say that you should try it out way in advance.

Post # 13
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011


OMG I spray tanned myself about a week ago just to try it before my wedding and although I got many compliments I DO NOT RECOMMEND IT! LOL it still hasn’t come off completely… maybe if you get it professionally done the results are more convincing but still- I am not doing it for my wedding, i’d rather sun tan or go as pale as a ghost 🙂

I am attaching before and after photos so you can see the difference

Post # 14
7038 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

For a lot of people, UV light actually helps clear up their skin. So, it might actually help in multiple ways. You obviously already know the dangers and aren’t making a habit of it – I don’t see the big deal about just doing it for the wedding!

Post # 15
40 posts

I spray tan occasionally, and I love the way a spray tan looks, but not a huge fan of the way it smells.

Considering you seem to be more concerned about breakouts than color, I would go for the tanning bed.  I don’t “fake bake” and I am normally very against it, but I also beleive in feeling your best and confident on your big day.  If a few trips to a tanning bed will help you with that, go for it!

Post # 16
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I wouldn’t recomment spray tanning to clear up any breakouts on your shoulders and back. A few years ago I did it because I’m weary of tanning beds and it made my blemishes pop out even more. I guess each blemish absorbed more pigment than the sorrounding skin and they looked even more pronounced. Luckily I only had a few and covered them up with make up. oh and I did the one where the person sprays you.

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