(Closed) Tanning!

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
823 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Girasole:  spray tans can look great as long as you use someone who knows what they’re doing and you pick the right shade. They last about a week and you should definitely get it at least the day before, if not two. 


Also, I use jergens natural glow daily lotion. If you started now, you’d have plenty of time to build the color up and see how you like it. I love it and it gives just the right amount of color and doesn’t look fake. 


And really, I will encourage you against a tanning bed. You should care that they are awful for you, and even using it one time increases your risk of skin cancer by 75%. I know some people want to think they’re invinceable or that it won’t happen to them, but will being tan for one event end up being worth if it results in cancer? I think not. 

Post # 4
526 posts
Busy bee

I’m not going to try to change your mind, but skin cancer is nothing to laugh at.  Like, you can die from it.

I second TattedNYBride: … I love the Jergen’s lotion!  It does add color, but it takes time to build up! 

Post # 5
5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

There are some great spray tans, I have heard if youre up for it, spring for one with a person running it not a machine. They can look more natural that way, all the sexy glow, none of the nasty skin cancer!

Post # 6
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Girasole:  get a spray tan for sure 🙂 I compete in pageants so I am a spray tan lover. Make sure you do a trial run a month or so before your wedding so you know how dark you’ll be! Also make sure you actually have someone airbrush you… Don’t do those mystic tan booth deals! Trust me other look amazing and will give you an amazing glow!

Post # 7
10648 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Make sure you test whatever you use first!  I tried the Jergens stuff and was allergic to it.  You don`t want to be all splotchy for your wedding.

Post # 8
8036 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Neutrogena also had a buildable tanner that worked pretty well for me a few years ago.

OP – why do you want to look different than yourself for your wedding? Spray tans are rather drastic, you don’t want to look like an oompa loompa.

@mrshunnybunches:  Agreed.

Post # 9
2447 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Do a nice spray tan. If you go to a place that mixes their own, you don’t get stuck with an orange machine glow. I like to get one every now and than and everyone always asks where I caught some sun. Don’t do tanning beds, just don’t, my derm says the damage from them is awful.

Post # 10
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Girasole:  oh and also the jergens lotion others are recommending works- I am pretty darn pale and use the medium to dark skin tone lotion because the light skin one doesn’t work haha. But I personally hate the smell of the Jergens tanning lotion so I recently switched to Hempz brand and I love love love it! It smells great! If you do get a spray tan I’d get the Hempz lotion any how because it helps extend your spray tan life! 

Post # 11
1293 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

@Girasole:  I’ve done the tanning bed thing. It’s so bad for you, but damn it looks good. I do regret it, and then I see pictures of how nice my blonde hair looked against the tanned skin *sigh*

If you opt for tanning beds, get a good lotion and spread it liberally all over. Only do the stand up one (the lay down beds are AWFUL and don’t tan your friggen sides) and make sure you are naked. Tanning bed tans look the best (I won’t say what my derm tells me, but that’s the damn truth).

However, I have also done an airbrushed spray tan. It did look great…at first. After sweating, and a shower, it faded and looked awful. Your face always fades first because you wash it the most, touch it, etc. It doesn’t look even and gets on your clothes. I’d never do a booth, but an airbrush is an option.

A non-damaging option that did work for me is tanning lotion (I used Jergens). I found it didn’t fade like a spray tan…maybe it stained my skin? I don’t know. Either way, I hate being pale. I look sickly. Tans not only make me look slimmer and healthier, I also like how it contrasts my hair and eyes.

Post # 12
3423 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Try Fake Bake..I get the one in the spray bottle. You spray it on a mitt and rub it onto the skin. This stuff smells good, and actually creates a brown not orange tan. Do it at night and shower in the morning. Repeat until you achieve the results your looking for.  Swear by this stuff. Sort of pricey but worth it! check Amazon before you buy it at a beauty supply store It’s usually cheaper there.

Post # 13
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@BoxerLady:  +1. I’ve tanned in tanning beds (I know its so bad) but it did look fantastic. I haven’t done it in a while though. I think I look so unhealthy when I’m not tan, just blah.


I came across this on Pinterest the other day and might give it a try…


Her tan looks so good and I cannot believe its just self tanner. I bet if I try it I’ll look like a streaky mess, but I might attempt it anyway – she makes it look so easy! I’ve tried Jergens but it never really gave me much color – not noticeable to other people anyway.

Post # 14
1283 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017 - Baton Rouge, LA

I’ve used a banana boat self tanner that built up nicely. Also, a spray tan, done by a technician, is awesome. For the Saturday wedding’s ive gone to, I got the spray tan on the Wednesday before. The color was perfect day of! Also, if you get it, and find dark marks on your hands, or have runs or anything, Mr Clean Magic Eraser will take the color off.

I personally dont get tan in tanning beds. My skin takes the sun much better. I dont even waste my time or money at the tanning beds. Your best bet is the lotions and spray tan week of, for sure. Good luck!

Post # 16
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Yeah, if you’re super pasty and don’t tan, you aren’t going to tan in a bed. Trust me. I’m ghost white and tried to go tanning to get a base so that I wouldn’t fry in the Caribbean. I went 3-4x a week in the high pressure beds for like 6 weeks and it BARELY gave me any color–mostly red.

I’d either just come to terms with your natural color or try a spray tan.

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