I’ve done my research, and have found many pale people (including on this thread) who find they do tan on sunning beds. In fact, many report that they don’t burn as they do in the sun, since the tanning is in a more controlled setting. Yes, we pale folk aren’t going to go a deep mahogany, but a bit of a glow is all I am after anyway. People wouldn’t giggle in my culture as pretty much everyone tans for special occasions, and most people use gradual tans on a regular basis. Plus, what type of people would actually laugh at a bride?
barbie86 and oneofthesethings
A gradual tan is the next on my trial list. I’ve tried spray tans before, and they do work well on me. It’s just that they don’t last. If I decide on sunbeds I will start next week. My eyes are my best feature so a tan makes them stand out even more. I know other people have talked about pale being beautiful, but I’m not beautiful enough to look good pale. Pale may look good if you have great bone structure and look like a Hollywood star, but I have a round face and don’t look like them. Plus, I am not even trying to look very tan. I’m just trying to get a glow.
Thing is, I ‘ve never been called plain before, and don’t think I am. However, that comment has given me a complex.
“But how i tan is i gradually work myself up, when I start tanning. Ill start off as tanning for 3 minutes, thats how light skinned i am, ill tan for 3 minutes for about a week and then the next week move up to 5 minutes, then the next week, 6 or 7 minutes and so on. “
Do you mean you use it once a week only each time? My local salon recommended 3 minutes each time x 3 times a week.
Unfortunately, I’d have to miss out on the events the night before, as a spray tan always looks awful when you first apply it. So that wouldn’t work.
I am so sorry to hear about this. Hope you are doing okay now.
Trouble is, the research on tanning beds isn’t the most convincing or balanced. You have the epidemiological research (which is a very weak form of scientific research – ask any research doctor or scientist) and then you have the tanning salons ‘research’, which is clearly biased. So it’s hard to know about the real dangers of the sun beds. There is however a great deal of peer reviewed research citing the very real dangerous ingredients in sunscreens that basically turn carcinogenic when exposed to UV rays. Yet where is the public safety messaging on the danger of these creams?
I’ve switched to natural sunscreen, but most people don’t know of this research. I’m telling you this since you’ve already had skin cancer, so probably use a lot of sunscreen. Badger sunscreen is considered to be one of the few safe ones out there.
Have you used a tanning bed before? What shades would you use in foundation?
Are you saying you use SPF in the tanning booth?
Good to know I am not the only one. She says nasty things about everyone, but that one really hurt. Her daughters look like models (really thin, fab bone structure etc.), so comported to them I guess I am plain. Depressing, because I’ve always felt very attractive until I came into this family. That comment has actually given me a real complex.
How long did you tan in them to build up the colour? I used to use St. Tropez, and think I’ll need to go back to that for the wedding if I decide to go the lotion route. It sure ain’t cheap is right! It also only lasts 2 days for me though. Sigh…
Firemansgirl and stargazer102706
I’ve had many spray tans done by professionals and they only last 2 days on me. Then again I am the girl who has issues with makeup lasting too.
Will use the Australian Gold stuff if I go. Thanks for tips!
How long did it take you to build up a tan?
That is one of my main options, yes. 🙂