(Closed) Tanning bed before wedding or spray tan?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper

You can use a self tanning lotion. A spray tan a week in advance shouldn’t have sweat stain issues.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Forget your skin ageing, do you know how dangerous tanning beds are? 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I used a high pressure tanning bed for a few months before my wedding. I’ve never had good luck with self tanners or spray tan and the high pressure bed prevents sunburn for fair skin. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

There was another recent thread about this and the strong concensus on this board was spray tan.  I didn’t weigh in on that debate, but I disagree.  Yes, I know tanning beds are not good for your skin, and I would never condone long-term use of them (not only do they cause skin cancer over the long term, but they also increase wrinkles — ugh).  But I have yet to see a spray tan that looks real, despite all of the previous thread’s posters’ insistence to the contrary.  I mean, if Donald Trump can’t even pay for a good tan, who can??? (ha!)  In my opinion, if you are planning on using tanning beds just to get tan for the wedding, and are not going back afterward, then there is little harm done.  And that is the approach I’m taking.  I’ve been in a tanning bed maybe 10 times in my life — I have no intention of using them on a regular basis because I know they are not good for you.  But I just don’t believe (again, despite the claims previous posters) that a few sessions in a tanning bed for a month or so prior to the wedding is going to cause any serious harm.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Frankly, I would gladly accept the very slight risk of sweat stains over the very real risk of skin cancer. Please stay away from tanning beds – even ‘just once’ increases your risk of cancer by 59% if you’re younger than 35.

Get a spray tan and just use a really good antiperspirant that day.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper

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MelissainNC:  I have to state the obvious- millions of people manage to have decent hair and Donald Trump can’t

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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theatrejulia:  lol – true enough!

ETA:  but that doesn’t change the fact that I’ve never seen a realistic looking spray tan.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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MelissainNC:  I am about as pale as you can be, so I had a spray tan for my wedding. I think it looked pretty darn natural – you just have to go to someone who knows what shade to use for your skin tone. It doesn’t have to look orange.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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flower2324:  I’ve gotten airbrush tans many times. As long as you’ve showered once or twice, the color should not transfer. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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annd2015:  No, the study did not find that using a tanning bed “just once” before the age of 35 increases skin cancer.  It found that when long-term users FIRST used a tanning bed before age 35 their risk of skin cancer increased 59%.  BIG difference.

Again, I am not saying that tanning beds are safe — I fully recognize that long term use of them is dangerous.  But no study that I’ve seen (and I have looked) has found any serious harm from very short term use.  

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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MelissainNC:  There are many studies that have discussed/suggested an increase in risk from first use, mainly because they have not been able to establish a dose-response relationship to the contrary (namely, that they cannot establish that only consistent, long-term use is required to increase one’s risk by x amount) (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004589/). I remember reading another study that suggested that you increase your risk by 20% the first time, and about 1% each additional time after that. Anyway, I just double-checked my number and 59% was incorrect (I was thinking of a slightly different study). My bad.

I don’t totally disagree with you. Yes, someone who is in a tanning bed weekly or monthly for years would logically have a much greater risk of developing skin cancer than someone who only did it once or a few times for a special event. But, to me, the risk – however slight or not slight it may be in actuality – is so not worth it. You are, of course, entitled to feel differently.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

As someone who will be wearing skin cancer scars at her wedding next month, don’t do the bed. Spray tans are not paint they’re a chemical reaction, so a few days to a week ahead should not rub off. But, yes to exfoliation all over before you spray! 

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