Post # 1
I am considering tanning for my wedding, but don’t want to over do it and look too dark. I honestly have only tanned once in my life (for my senior prom) and I stopped early because I tan easily and my face got darker than the rest of my body. I have some acne scarring on my back and my dress is strapless, so I want to be comfortable and get some color.
I don’t know if I want to try spray tanning or other cream products, since my skin is prone to break outs and I have done a good job of taking care of it thus far.
Any tips from those of you who have tanned before?
Post # 3
I tanned for the month prior to my wedding. I too am prone to breakouts on my back but luckily none of the lotions or creams bothered me. It actually seemed like my back got better during that month.
You definitely have enough time if you want to give the creams or spray a try. I’d tryithem now and see how you react. If you aren’t bothered I’d do that for the wedding. If you are, I’d do the traditional route.
Post # 4
I tanned for 3 weeks before the wedding and haven’t tanned since last Friday (getting married on Saturday). I used a high pressure/turbo bed and went 3x’s a week for 6 minutes first week, 7 minutes second & third weeks, 8 minutes on the last day. I got a nice tan, not too dark (I’m light skinned, not fair but not medium). I’m very happy with it. Also if your face gets too dark, just cover it with a towel 1/2 way through. I only tanned my face for about 2 minutes then covered it up.
Post # 5
I did just a little bit so I could get rid of some outlying tan lines from the summer still. Probably every other day for 2 weeks.
Post # 6
I would tan for two months prior to the wedding 2or 3 times a week. That should help relieve the scar issue but not make you look too “baked”. Plus it does help with underlying acne!
Post # 7
You could always put some SPF on your face before you go, and also cover with a towel.
One thing to remember, though, is that if you are the only one tanning, you may look different in your photos and stick out more than everyone else (as a bride should be the most noticeable, but you don’t want it to be because you’re too tan). I’ve even heard that some photogs have had to photo adjust because of such tan brides and pale attendants 🙂
Post # 8
Hello dear! I too am prone to breakouts and spray tan is the best! I use a salon that has an actual person spray you. I prefer this because it is even and you don’t get all sweaty in the tanning bed. So it actually is better for my skin. Do a trial this summer and see if you like it. It lasts 5-7 days and is best on days 2-3. I wish I had known about it waaaay sooner. No muss, no fuss. Good luck!
Post # 9
Totally true! I can get pretty dark when I tan normally (which is basically being out in the sun for a while), but I don’t want to get too dark just have a good enough glow where I can feel comfortable in my strapless like I was the day I bought it. It was strange, I have struggled with acne my whole life and went through a period of clear skin, and after I bought my dress it started to flare up again. Might be the stress. I wonder if a back facial once every month before the wedding would work, too (in addition to some tanning)?
Post # 10
@BrideofHugo: Tanning a little does usually help clear up some skin issues. And it’s good that you recognize that you tan quickly, so you don’t get talked into purchasing a bigger package than you’d need and then feeling tempted to use it all and inadvertently end up too dark.
Also, are you growing out your hair or do you have long hair? If you’re trying to grow it out for your wedding, the oils from your hair may also be part of the cause. I’ve found that my back cleared up right away when I slept with my hair in a braid off to the side, and if I had a no-shower day, I always wear my hair up to keep it off of my face and back. And it could totally be a mix of the stress of the wedding, anything new you’ve added into your routine in preparation for the wedding, changes you’ve made, etc.
Post # 11
@pink.sequins: I’ve done the airbrush tan a few times too and I love it! It comes out WAY better than Mystic Tan and creams (I always manage to get streaks on my ankles). Look up reviews of local tanning salons that do airbrush and pay a little more for someone really experienced. I am pretty pale, but I do tan, so it didn’t look orange or ridiculous.
Funny story, the first time I got sprayed a very fabulous gay man did it. He looked more uncomfortable with the boob situation than I was.
Post # 12
As a photographer.. I highly recommend you tan with caution. I see a lot of girls catch the tanning bug.
My adivce is to start taning a month before your wedding and invest in medium-higher level beds as it is harder to burn. Go 2 days a week for 3 weeks. On the fourth week once 3-4 days before your wedding to give the color time to fade. You don’t want to be too tan- if your groom isn’t tanning and doesn’t have naturally dark skin it’s going to look a bit odd if you have this deep color and he’s pale.
While you’re in the bed make sure to move- lift your arms, turn your head, etc.. so every part of your body is hit with some light. So many girls have tan arms and stark white under arms. It looks funny.
Post # 13
@maureen9004: I definitely agree! I know I don’t want to appear orange or extremely dark in pictures or in person. My fiance is naturally dark, so I don’t think I would look too strange next to him, I just wouldn’t look like myself if I tanned too much. I think my goal is “golden-skinned” as opposed to a deep bronze.
Thanks to everyone for your advice! I will see how I do with creams and then take it from there and research some tanning salons in my area if need be.
Post # 14
This was a year ago, but I’d love to hear a follow-up on your tanning experience. Did it end up how you wanted?