Post # 1
I’ve got a friends wedding coming up on Saturday, and I’m a bridesmaid in serious need of some tanning action. I’m just wondering what is the best way to go? I have no tanning experience.
I’m pretty fair skinned, but not see-through pale, and I go bright red at the drop of a hat. Which is better, and has the least chance of me turning into an orange blob?
- Normal spray tan – Good idea, but don’t like the thought of someone spraying my wobbly bits
- Spray tanning booth – Is this as reliable as the normal spray tan?
- Tanning bed – Seen way too many movies where this has gone horribly wrong (I know, my paranoia has probably got the best of me here)
Suggestions or experiences, please!
Post # 3
@littlemisssally: I’ve done all 3, however I’ve sworn off tanning beds forever due to the health risks. I doubt you’d get much color in a few visits anyway, without burning (which would be worse than being pale).
Tanning spray booths are alright, but if you’ve never done it before I’d recommend going to an airbrush place with a pro so you can get the most natural look. The booths can be tricky the first few times (streaks, orange knees/elbows, etc.) until you get the process down.
It is a bit awkward having someone spray you, but you can always wear a bathing suit. And remember, they do it all the time, they aren’t really judging or taking note of you, just the tan placement.
Post # 4
I agree that the risks/rewards of traditional tanning beds just aren’t worth it. I’m pretty fair skinned as well and after tanning in beds (although they were the kind you stand in) for a while, I started noticing more freckles. I switched to booth spray tan then and there! For me it was pretty good and seemed to be really natural color. The kind my place had sprayed 4 times as you turned and then had an air dryer to dry you off. Look for something like that. Not just a front and a back spray, what about the sides? And just ask for light color. It’ll give you enough of a glow without looking unnatural. You could have them add a bronzer too, but that would only last a day I think.
Post # 5
I don’t like spray tanning or traditional tanning. Both are just too much of a hassle for me. When I want some color I love to use St. Moriz tanning mousse. It’s so easy to use (especially with a mitt), dries quickly, smells like soap (unlike most self-tanners which stink!), and since it has a green undertone rather than orange it gives you a really nice brown tan and not oompa loompa. Also you can customize the color much easier than getting a spray tan. I used to really be into using self tanner and this was my absolute favorite out of all the different kinds I’ve tried.
I also like to use Sally Hansen Airbrushed Legs for a quick fix if I am wearing a dress and I like it because it makes your legs look AWESOME and washes off.
Post # 6
spray tan booths suck – you look orange, it rubs off on your clothes and it’s super uneven.
tanning beds are bad obviously and not worth it since the wedding is this weekend – you won’t have any noticeable color change. don’t waste your money.
Get someone to spray tan you or just embrace your pale skin.
Or, slap a little bit of that jergens glow lotion on for a few days to get a little glow.
Post # 7
+1 for Jergens Tanning lotion. It’s gradual so if you don’t rub it in all the way it’s not very noticeable and you can correct it easily. I notice a differed after 4 days of using it.
Post # 8
I would suggest some self-tanning lotion. You can use the subtle kind everyday until Saturday and I think you’ll have a nice glow. Or, there are higher end brands for 1 time events. At least for your legs, arms and chest. I would be worried about using on your face and neck.
Post # 9
I would just stay pale. I’ve done all types of tanning, and the tanning bed gives the most natural tan, but you don’t have time for that. My experience with spray tanning booths is that you get streaky and the color isn’t right, especially for a normally pale person. Self tanners smell.
Post # 10
have someone spray tan you .. its the best .. NO TANNING BEDS PLEASE!! but make sure you have a trial just so you know what you’ll look like. I honestly just used clarins self tanner.. it is by far the most natural looking tan you’ll get but its hard to do whole body.. unles you got some bff’s that don’t mind helping you out ;P
Post # 11
I’d just stay pale. I wouldn’t really worry about it as you have such a short amount of time. Plus if you’ve never done the spray before, what happens if you have an allergy?
Post # 12
My photographer told me that spray tans turn out really bad in pictures and they are really hard to edit. I would stay pale.
Post # 13
@littlemisssally: Tanning booths should be outlawed!
Spray tan all the way. It looks better than the booth application and you can control the end color a bit more. Don’t worry about the person spraying they are professionals. If you are truely uncomfortable you can wear a bathing suit.
@countrylove: A BAD spray tan could do this. If you are going to a professional (not a booth) and don’t choose the deepest darkest color (in other words think natural) you should be fine.
I had a spray tan here….didn’t change anything for the photograher.
Post # 14
if it’s on Saturday, you won’t have time to get results with a normal tanning bed. I have done the spray tanning booth before and it’s turned out great. Just be sure to rub the cream ALL over your hands and feet. Especially your wrists, ankles, knuckles, and in between your fingers and toes!
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center
I vote other – embrace the paleness. But that’s just me!
Post # 16
@Treejewel19: Did the tan rub off on your dress? Esp. around the breast area? I’m a little worried about that….