Post # 16
@EKwedding: Thanks for the advice! I used to tan regularily (5 years or so ago) and always used a lotion. I had an awesome golden tan, it was perfect. But have not tanned at all since, so I am “ghostly” now. I like slow and steady. Once I start to tan it comes on really fast, but I tend to burn a bit at first, especially my “sunless” areas like butt cheeks lol!
Post # 17
@MinnieMe: to stay healthy and to not overdose UV, you should tan once a week (12-15 min)
no, to stay healthy you shouldn’t tan. there is no such thing as a “healthy glow.” tanning is horrible for you.
Post # 18
I’d definitely start about 2 months before. Are you planning on laying out and using tanning beds? IDK your skin type, but when I am working towards a tan, I start out with SPF 10 on my body, and 15 on my face at first…then as I tan, I work my way down to SPF 0 banana boat oil and SPF 4 or 8 on my face. If you’re using a tanning bed, I’d go in the beds with browning bulbs, and if you’re fair, start out at like 4 minutes and go every 2-3 days, then work your time up. I’d also recommend staying away from tanning lotions containing bronzers or tingles, the bronzers look fake usually and the tingles make me think I’m having a heart attack haha
Post # 19
Definitly use lotion. Ask when you buy your minutes, and I’m sure they’ll recommend a good lotion for in the bed. But also make sure you slather on the regular body lotion at night too! The more mosturized your skin is, the better you’ll tan and look. I recommend a good body butter 3 to 4 times a week.
Post # 20
I started 2 months before and I did the last tanning session 3 days before so I wasnt red at all.
Post # 21
Not to thread jack, but how would you bees suggest starting out for a super pale bride? I don’t actually want to get a lot of color, but since my honeymoon is in the Caribbean and I am super pale (as in natural red head) people have suggested me tanning just to prevent crazy burns from the sun that far south.
How would you start out for someone who has never tanned, and burns EXTREMELY easily?
Post # 22
two words- skin cancer. I ain’t pretty. Natural skin is so pretty and classy.
Post # 23
OMG ladies! Don’t tan, get yourself to a spray booth and get sprayed, you don’t want the dr cutting melanoma out of you before you have your 5th anniversary.
Post # 24
a baseline tan is not the way to go about it. you should wear sunscreen and reapply regularly. maybe stay out of direct sunlight.
the tanning industry’s message that a tan offers protection against sunburn is irresponsible and dangerous. Individuals hearing this suggestion might visit tanning salons to obtain a baseline tan before vacationing in sunny climates. With a baseline tan, these individuals would have a false sense of security. They might stay out in the sun longer, and neglect to seek the shade or use sunscreen. Because the amount of protection provided by the tan is so small, they could get burned. More importantly, prolonged UV exposure can lead to DNA damage, a suppressed immune system and photoaging, even in the absence of a sunburn.
Post # 25
@mamadingdong: true. I should say “healthy”, there is no such a thing like healthy tanning.
Post # 26
Maybe niave on my part…but skin cancer from 2 months of tanning to me seems unlikely? And there IS a benefit to sun exposure for your health, you just don’t need to tan. I in no way want to get dark, just a light glow and it’s going to be short lived exposure, it will stop post wedding.
I was NOT happy with the spray tan I got, and didn’t like how it wore off. Plus I am scared of a disaster right before the wedding…
Post # 27
I’m pretty sure the people who were asking about tanning know there’s a risk of skin cancer…
Post # 28
Cake and booze is bad for you too, but there are plenty of threads about that and no one becomes judgemental there 🙂
I would personally try more types of spray tans (different places, types, colors, etc.) before you decided to UV tan (you can get flaky skin or those weird white spots that are not too cute).
Post # 29
Absolutely no judgement coming from me, but as a public health professional I have to chime in on this one. Please don’t put yourself at risk for skin cancer later on by using tanning beds for your wedding, or at any time for that matter. The International Association for Research on Cancer (a part of the World Health Organization) has compiled research that shows people who use tanning beds before the age of 30 are 75% more likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of cancer. Most of the legimitate medical organizations, like the American Medical Association, the Academy of Dermatology, and the World Health Organization have even called for banning minors from tanning bed use.
And yes, cake could be considered as a contributor to obesity, causing morbidity and mortality around the globe. However, cake certainly isn’t classified as a Class 1 carcinogen – meaning that it has been shown to cause cancer in humans. This is the same class as tobacco products ladies!
Based on this, I’m certainly staying out of the tanning beds and wearing my SPF every day!
Post # 30
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I tan easily, so I started 2 weeks ago and went twice. Wedding is next Friday, and my tan is perfect. I may go once more next week on maybe Wednesday, but probably not.