(Closed) tanning beds or self tanning?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

i’ve done both and if your trying to save money as far as self tanning goes – you can’t go wrong with Neutrogena.

 

If you’re going to spend the money, have a pro airbrush your tan at the tanning salon.

 

I personally am having a beach wedding so I’m fake baking until the big day. To the detriment of my dermitologist but i don’t make it a habit so she’ll have to suck it up!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I like the results of the tanning bed, but I don’t know if it is worth the health risk.  My family is cancer prone, so it is self-tanning or spray tanning for me.

Post # 5
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2006 posts
Buzzing bee

neither! I’ve finally learned to embrace my natural paleness :p

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I used to go tanning in college where I lived in the frigid cold all the time.  Now, I only do mystic tanning.  Aside from the skin cancer issue, I DON’T want wrinkles.  I’ve already started seeing girlfriends my age (28/29) looking haggard with fine lines and skin pigment problems because of the tanning.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

i usually don’t use a tanning bed, maybe 3 one-week deals my entire life. But for the wedding, I decided I wanted to be tan and went for the 3 month package. It’ll probably be the last time I go, but i thought it was worth it. I got enough time that I could build up slowly with short sessions every 2-3 days.

Post # 8
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371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I like the tanning bed because it’s relaxing.. I only recently started tanning in the last 2 years and I only go maybe 3 months out of the year. I am tanning now because I do wanna build it up for our family pictures next month and also I wanna look sun kissed for the wedding. I found the Mystic tan left me splotchy- dunno how to fix that. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

I don’t go tanning often – when I did it was 2-3 times/year, and I haven’t been in 2+ years, but i love it. SO relaxing. I know it’s bad for you, but it feels so good!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I used to go to the tanning bed all the time in college.  I find it very relaxing.  It’s like a nice toasty warm 15 minute power nap.  I’ve started going again for my wedding in 7 weeks to have a nice sun kissed glow for the big day.

I’ve never tried self tanners or spray tan.  I have a friend who has done the spray tan, and she looked like an oompa-loompa.  Can’t say it was a good result.  Ever since that, I’ve been terrified to get one.  Maybe it just depends on what color you get.

Plus, if we have any Friends watchers out there, there was always the awful experience Ross had in the spray tan booth where he got 3 sprays all on the front of him.  Not good!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I used to tan every once in a while but ever since my aunt died of cancer, I just can’t bring myself to do it, even if it will make me look better.  She didn’t have skin cancer but it just scares the crap out of me now!  I know that it looks way better but I just can’t justify the risk anymore.  :*(

I’ve been using Jergens Natural Glow firming for the last few weeks but I don’t think its making any difference.  I would not recommend it… :/

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I love the Friends reference! “I was supposed to count mississippilessly?!”

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I love tanning, I don’t do it much anymore though because of the health and wrinkle risk. I have decided to start going once a week to the high pressure tan to prepare for the wedding and our honeymoon to maui.  But I do sunscreen my face before going in to prevent wrinkles

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Tanning Beds = Skin Cancer. Have fun with that.

Spray/Mystic/airbrush tan or self-tanner (applied after exfoliating WELL) and you are fine. If you go to a reputable place or do it yourself CORRECTLY you won’t turn orange. Or just go au natural and be yourself! I’m pale and proud.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am veerrry WHITE and there is a history of melanoma in my family so I don’t go to tanning beds or lay out.

I have used some of the Neutrogena lotions that work really well as long as you follow the instructions, and then of course lots of sunscreen when I do go out 🙂

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Tanning beds have risks, everyone knows that by now.

BUT…is using one for a month or so before your wedding going to kill you?  Prob not.  I would just go as little as possible to get/maintain your desired level of color.  I used the tanning bed from time to time when I was in college, and quit cold turkey when I was about 23. (when they started publishing legitimate studies linking them to cancer)

I am now 28, with almost no wrinkles and no cancer.  In fact my derm just told me I have good skin and no sun damage spots.  I think tanning beds, just like the natural sun, are fine, if used in moderation.  One word of advice:  PROTECT YOUR FACE.  You only get one.  When you get to your late 20’s like me, you’ll start to see which of your friends wore sunscreen when they were young, and who didn’t.  Wrinkles, freckles, sun spots…etc.  NOT COOL. 🙂

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