Post # 1
I decided to go sit by the pool for a few hours yesterday afternoon and catch up with a good friend. While I was hoping to get a little bit of color since my wedding is in 17 days (side note: how did the nine months go so freaking fast?), I slathered on the SPF 50 since I burn easily. Whelp, I did a pretty good job but I missed a few spots. One on my thigh that is just painful because my shorts keep rubbing on it, and one on my neck that is an amoeba shaped splotch.
Well as I said, my wedding is in 17 days, and my dress is strapless and now I am concerned that I will have this huge awkward splotch on my chest. Usually I burn and go right back to white, but every once in awhile it will turn to a tan. I fear that since I have the worst luck ever, this will be one of the few times it will turn into a tan. Any advice on how to get it to even out or recommendations for sunless tanners that I can use to blend it in?
Post # 3
Try to avoid sun as much as possible until the wedding and slather that stuff with aloe vera. Hopefully it won’t tan!
Post # 4
When you burn do you peel? I am extemely pale and honestly I find that I “tan” when I try to keep myself from peeling after a burn. If I aloe up and don’t allow it to peel is when my skin tans. Just my unscientific observations.
Post # 5
Use plenty of Aloe Vera and moisturizer on it for the next few days, and drink some extra water. Then, if it’s healed by this weekend, try to get just an hour or so of sun (apply sunscreen extra carefully this time, obviously!) to help even things out a bit. I’d stay away from the sunless tanner–chances are it’ll tint your skin a slightly different shade from your natural tan or you’ll get some streaking. You’re better off trying to conceal the splotch with a bit of foundation. If you’re having your makeup done professionally, you could try calling your MUA to see if she has any thoughts or advice. If you’re doing your own, be sure to practice and take photos in different lighting.
Don’t worry too much–you have plenty of time, and it will fade!
Post # 6
Take some ibuprofen to help with the inflammation, keep your chest covered at ALL TIMES (crew neck shirts for the next 2 weeks, no V’s). Maybe book an airbrush tan? That way the tech can avoid your chest area.
Post # 7
Thank you for all the advce. Fortunately I don’t peel, and therefore I don’t have to deal with white flakes all over my chest in my pictures. We went and bought the big bottle of Aloe last night, and I will definitely take all the advice (water, ibprofrien, crew neck shirts). I appreciate everyone’s advice so far.