(Closed) Tanning advice??

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@futuremrsbc:  My friend has an airbrush service (she uses organic formulas and contains 15 SPF which is a +) and I think that might be the way to go because it looks more “natural” to me and comes in different shades to match your skin tone. It seems to go on more evenly and not rub off as fast.

This is the website if you want to learn about airbrush and see pictures and things


Post # 4
29 posts
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Cathedral ceremony, reception in a converted hardware warehouse

I’m a very fair girl who works at a cancer hospital, so my advice is incredibly biased- do not, under any circumstances, go lay in a tanning bed. For real. Jergens is okay, but if you don’t apply it evenly or can’t reach places, it gets to be a little splotchy. I spray tanned the day before my wedding, and loved it! I went to a salon that used versa tan booths, and it worked so well for my sister and I both. Two things, though- a) it did rub off a little on the inside of my dress by the end of the evening. I wasn’t particularly concerned. But b) I made sure to test the spray tan about a month beforehand, in case it was awful and orange. Maybe try that out?

Post # 5
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve used Jergens before, and it makes a slight difference.  It’s enough so I don’t look pasty white, but I wouldn’t say I look tan with it either.  I’ve gotten spray tans (booth) and airbrush tans (by a person), and I loooove airbrush tans.  They’re very natural looking and after the first shower, I didn’t have any problems with the color rubbing off, but I’m not sure I would risk it with a wedding dress.  Mine only lasted for 5ish days before the color was barely noticeable, and it didn’t fade evenly, so I had to exfoliate a lot.  I tanned in beds before proms and things in high school, and that’s probably what I’ll do for my wedding just so I don’t have to worry about the color rubbing off, and then I’ll have a tan for the honeymoon too.

Post # 6
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m not fair skinned, I’m more “beidge/buff” [well, that’s what all my makeup says!].

I used to tan, not an EXTREME amount, and never got a single wrinkle from it. I don’t like using lotions because they tend to make me orange, and I had rubbing that stuff in. I don’t like spray tans because I’m not comfortable getting almost naked in front of someone. [not to mention all the chemicals from it].

I haven’t tanned in a long time [about 3 years], so when I pick up my tanning routine, i’ll have to start all over, which basically means :

– I’ll tan every other day for about 10 minutes each session. I’ll burn. Like crazy. I’ll keep tanning until I peel. Once, I start peeling, I’ll lay off the tanning until peeled. Once peeled, I’ll tan every 3 days for 20 minutes, using tan accelerant. After about 2 weeks, I’ll be nice and toasty, and will only need to main it twice a week.

This doesn’t work for everyone, but I found it’s what works best for me, since I always burn THEN tan.

Post # 7
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@futuremrsbc:  Honest opinion? I’m very fair as well and I never bothered trying to look tan for my wedding. I figured, I’m fair-skinned every other day out of the year and I want to look like myself on my wedding day…”myself” is pale!

If you must get some color I suggest the recommendation of @Mrs. Gloves: because frying yourself in a tanning bed just isn’t worth the health risks. Plus, if you’re as fair as me,  you’ll likely just end up burning for the first few weeks and that’s no good either. You’re welcome to peruse my profile and see some pics of me looking fair as can be in my wedding dress if it will set your mind at ease!

( @Mrs. Gloves:  seriously, I’m a dermatologists dream! When I was getting acne treatments in college my derm couldn’t stop yapping about how happy she was that I didn’t go tanning like every other girl in college lol)

Post # 8
3371 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Your fake tan shouldn’t rub off on your clothes if you start building it a few days beforehand. I’m a huge fan of St Tropez tanning products, the mousse formula is the easiest thing in the world to use. There are some beauty salons that offer St Tropez spray tans too, so you can do that if you’re not confident in self-application. I’ve tried a lot of tanning products and I find St Tropez gives the most subtle, natural colour, not at all orange.

Before a big event, I usually start tanning two days beforehand. I shower, exfoliate, moisturise and then apply the tanning mousse (with rubber gloves to avoid tanned palms!). Then I leave it for at least eight hours (I usually do this overnight and wear loose clothing) before showering, and then moisturising again. Repeat (without the exfoliation step) until you get the right intensity of colour you want. By the time it’s your wedding day, you should have enough colour as to not need to apply it on the day – that way, no residue on your dress. Same thing with a pro spray tan – get it done the day before, give it time for the colour to develop, and then shower before you get into your dress.

Post # 9
1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@jenilynevette:  Try tanning for just like 5 minutes every other day. Burning is really unhealthy! If I tan 5 minutes twice a week for a month, I look like a normal person instead of way pale.

Blah I know tanning is unhealthy but 99.9% of the time I am lily white. I just want to be tan enough to not be blue in pictures… which is still paler than the vast majority of people. But I’ve tried a ton of fake tans and they all look too yellow on me. And it’s way too much effort to do them at home.

Post # 10
855 posts
Busy bee

I’m really pale. Like a ghost, pale.

I am going to get on the tanning beds. But only because I’ve never tanned in my entire life ever, and won’t do ever again.

I don’t even tan when I go on holiday. I hate laying out in the sun. So personally, I am okay with this. But only because I’ve never done it before.

Plus, I don’t want to look brown – just add a bit of colour to my cheeks. And when I go on my honeymoon I don’t want to look like a white sheet!

I’ve tried fake tans, and I just look…. bad.

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