Post # 1
Can’t believe my wedding is in EIGHT days!! 🙂 So I’m a pale girl, did a few 8-12 minute sessions at the tanning bed, but stopped going because I get slightly pink the day after…and immediately go back to my pale self. I decided that I wanted to go with my natural skin color, until I saw some wide tan/more like pink burn lines on my shoulders. I’m debating doing the light/clear, medium/clear spray tan at the salon chain Sun Tan City (the spray tan solution/apparatus is by VersaSpa). Has anyone had good experiences with it? I wanted to forego spray tanning altogether, in fears of getting it on my dress as I sweat in the muggy, Southern July heat Also, if it’s a good idea for me to spray tan, when should I go, and what care should I take to make sure it’s looking it’s best? I’ve only done a spray tan once, the medium/clear. I was in a black dress, so I couldn’t tell if it rubbed off. I used copious amounts of barrier cream around my nail beds, but still got orange, oompa loompa hands :o)
Thanks for your advice!!
Post # 3
I would be too freaked out that I would be any sort of orange shade… especially since you’ve only done it once…. my vote is: no spray tan!
Post # 4
I would be too worried about looking orange (and/or having it rub off on your dress). My vote will have to be no spray tan.
Post # 5
I am having the same kinda issue. I got a sun burn 2 months ago and I am super pale. But my shoulders are still pink. Not even tan, just pink. And you can deff tell the lines from my non burned skin.
Any other bee’s got suggestions on Spray tans???
Post # 6
I wouldn’t do it with your wedding being so soon, you don’t know how it will look! Natural skin is beautiful! Also, don’t tan in tanning booths, they are so bad! No lecture just saying
Post # 7
I’m super pale and can’t do tanning beds. I considered spray tanning but ultimately decided against it – i wanted to look and feel like myself on my wedding day.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
I used some sunless tanning lotion a week before and it gave just the right amount of glow. I’m a redhead with pale skin, so I didn’t really want a tan. I just wanted a little glow. 🙂
Post # 10
I did it before my prom and it turned out great! I’m very, very pale as well (pretty much transparent lol) and used the lightest colour. I didn’t look orange at all!
I would go for a spray now, with the lightest shade. If it’s not as dark as you would like, go get sprayed light again after 2 or 3 days to darken it up some.
The most important thing to do is to exfoliate super well the day before you spray. USea body scrub or make some yourself quick with epsom salts or sugar mixed with a bit of olive oil (or coconut or almond oil) and scent with essential oils if you want (nice, but not necessary). Give yourself a really good scrub, focusing on dry spots like your nail beds, elbows, knees, ankles.
Use lots of moisturizer after your tan dries for the length of time they recommend.
If it is too dark or looks a bit orangey to you, you can always use lemon juice added to a body scrub to help it fade quick. Same “recipe” as before, but add the juice of several FRESH lemons.
I remember someone telling me baby powder helped to prevent it from getting on clothes. You could always do a trial run with a white tank top.
Post # 11
@Cheeks225: I agree, natural skin is nice! This is the only time in my life I’ve ever been to a tanning bed, can’t say I was a big fan of it! I used SPF 30 on my body and Neutrogena SPF 60-something on my face, and still turned pink 😛 The buzzing bulbs had me feeling paranoid about one blowing up and crisping me, LOL!
I was also considering a light airbrush make-up spraying on my shoulders. A girl from MAC is doing airbrush make-up on my face, maybe a little would even out my shoulder color a bit? Has anyone tried this before with good results? Thank you all for your input!
Post # 12
@oracle: Exactly my thoughts!!!
Post # 13
Don’t spray, airbrush!! I airbrush for big events. I never streak/run and you don’t get orange hands/ankles/knees as its applied by a person!!
Post # 14
Versaspa works great- it sort of drys you off in the end so you aren’t left to your own dabbing etc. I am a redhead and the light/glow option works great. I have a membership so I go every 3 days and it stays nice and natural. I crack up when everyone asks me if i went to the beach. Uh, hello I’m a redhead but everyone seems clueless that I go! It doesn’t rub to bad after the inital application either.
Post # 15
Don’t do the spray tan!!! Unless you KNOW somewhere that you KNOW won’t make you orange, DONT DO IT
Post # 16
If you are just trying to even out your shoulders, you should be able to just do either one of those gradual tan lotions at home, they REALLY gradually apply a self tanner so yoiu’ll have to start now. OR just do a very light self tanner straght. The gradual one is nice because you really will not see it quickly, and you can stop when you think you have enough.