(Closed) Spray Tan. Yay or Nay?

posted 11 years ago in Beauty
Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Evie19: I bought a month-long package and went about 6-7 times. Even though I have olive skin, I go on the least powerful bed they have and only stay in 7-8 minutes. I find it works better when I do it very gradually and carefully. Years ago I burnt my butt on a more powerful machine and looked like one of those red-butt monkeys for a week; so I had no desire to repeat that experience again.

*disclaimer – Yes I know tanning beds are bad for you, I only do this once every few years *

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@meliss: Hahahaha! Owh!

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I hear so many people saying not to get spray tan, MAYBE not the machine, but every model in the world get’s airbrush tan. Victoria Secret Models all do it and most runway models won’t go to a show without their airbrush glow. I think the key is to get a natural looking color not too dark or orange and have someone who can custom mix it!

 

GOOD LUCK

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Heatherloveskenny: I know 🙂 My husband (then bf) had the same reaction everytime he saw me without clothes for a week. Not very sexy.

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I did the Versa Spray and it was great.  I did a light color clear coat.  My bridesmaids went with medium and bronze coat.  We looked really good.  No streaking and it didn’t come off at all.

Post # 37
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m debating this same thing! I have very pale skin (and skin cancer in the family), burn easily, yet self tanner makes my skin break out! I asked my dermatologist if he could give me the green light on a quick stint in the tanning bed but he said the most he could give me is a few weeks in the sun. The game plan for me is this: get a trial airbrush spray tan by a person, wear white, etc. to notice if it rubs off. If it doesn’t work out, then I’ll bite the bullet and lay out a bit–if there’s not enough color in time, then I’ll do the (faster but not as healthy) tanning bed.

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I did the spray / airbrush tan for my wedding and I was pretty happy with the results.  I did a practise tan two weeks out from the wedding and then the real thing two days before.

If you do go with the spray tan make sure you check out how brown your armpits go, when I had my practice my armpits went reallly brown (not a good look!) so we took extra care with the wedding tan.

I found that a little of the tan rubbed off on the inside of my dress but I know it washes out so I’m not too concerned, however I did notice that my legs went all streaky from all the sweating I did on the day!

Post # 39
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh, I don’t know. I live in Estonia and am going to my sister’s wedding in March in California so I’m going to look a bit deathly pale compared to everyone else. I think I’ll try it for her wedding and if it turns out well then maybe I’ll do it for my own in August. 

Post # 41
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@bwhit11: Re: tanning sessions, see my post above. Depends on how fast you want to get there. I like starting with very short sessions and slowly increasing, and getting about 6-7 tans over the course of a month. That gives me a good base tan.

Post # 42
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Helper bee

I’m all about spray tanning–after having 2 moles removed, I’m not allowed to fake n bake anymore. And obviously shouldn’t have done it in the first place so much. I like Versa Spa better than Mystic Tan/My Mist…I think those are the most popular ones. Around here there are tanning places on every corner, but I hear that’s not the case everywhere.

Versa Spa dries you off better so you don’t feel as sticky (My Mist does a slower, heated drying), and with Versa you have the option for a moisturizing pass (sprays on lotion after you’re done tanning! yes, do it!). I like clear rather than bronze tinted, because although the results take a few hours to develop, you don’t get gross stains on your clothes.

I would test out tanning 3-4 weeks before your wedding. Or even before that if you can afford it, just to familiarize yourself with the process and results. The good color lasts about 3-5 days, then starts to fade more. I plan to spray about 4 days before the wedding, 8 days and 12 days before…that way I can build up gradually instead of getting one big, Snookie-type spray at once. Plus it’s better to do it gradually because you can tell if there are areas you’re missing/streaking. My face always looks a little too tan the next day, but after that it’s fine.

The armpits can be tricky; watch out when you’re putting on deodorant because if you get it on your arm (like the part you want to be tan, not the part that you shave), it will stick to/dry out that area and the spray tan will stick to it, which is how people end up with streaky orange armpits. Same for your finger crotches, ankles, etc. Just be really careful to moisturize well and wash your hands after!

If you’re careful about it, spray tans can look great! If you’re not, they can definitely look trashy. When in doubt, go for a lighter shade. You can always build up a shade next time but you can’t erase a shade.

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