(Closed) To tan or spray?

posted 11 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Which one?

    Tanning bed


  • Post # 3
    2588 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Uh, spray. Every time you go tanning in a bed, it increases your risk. Doesn’t matter if it’s once or 10 times–every time is a risk. Just go with the spray tan–if you go to a place that knows what they’re doing, you should look totally natural.

    Post # 4
    47 posts
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I’m having the same dilemma!  I’m pretty pale, so I have to wear sunscreen even in the tanning bed, otherwise I burn (and I’m talking 4 min in the bed, haha).  I’m leaning towards the spray, but I have the same concerns about it looking fake or orange.  Thanks for bringing this up!

    Post # 5
    2015 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Spray! I hate to sound judgy, but anyone who uses a  tanning bed these days, as Statutory Grape said, increses their risk of skin cancer. I’m not sure why anyone would want to take that risk, and of course, we want you to be healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 6
    491 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I got a spray tan for my aunt’s wedding last year, it didn’t take long and looke very natural.  I had it done by someone, not like in a booth where it’s automatic, and I feel like that way is better, simply because she could target specific areas, or touch up places, etc.  And it stayed on for about a week before I noticed it coming off after I showered.  I’d only be nervous of it rubbing off on a white dress…I don’t think mine did at all, but my dress was dark turquoise, so I wouldn’t have really been able to tell. 

    Post # 7
    937 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I can’t believe people still use tanning beds. I am haivng the airbrush tan dilemma, and my wedding is next weekend- but my dilemma is spray tan? or rock my paleness? I couldn’t even consider doing the tanning bed. If I were getting married in the winter, I wouldn’t worry about tanning at all. I would be pale and proud, since most people aren’t tan in the winter, anyway.

    Since you still have time, I would recommend doing a trial run with the airbrush tan to see if you like it. You have a good amount of time to decide. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 8
    255 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2004

    I’d actually recommend neither–“real” tanning because of health concerns; and spray tanning because it tends to look a bit orange-y and unnatural, and can be a significant issue in photographs.


    Post # 9
    13094 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’m sure I’ll get flack for this but I voted tanning bed.  I’ve seen way to many people with god-awful spray tans that look so fake.  There was no way I was chancing ruining my wedding photos with a bad spray tan.  Natural tans always look nicer than even a good spray tan too IMO.

    Post # 12
    255 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2004

    P.S. I recall a mom in some family portraits who got a relatively great spray tan. In person, it wasn’t all that noticeable; but, in pictures, it was disastrous. In real life, our minds can filter out an amazing amount that, in photographs, becomes glaring.

    Post # 13
    309 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I totally agree about not using the tanning bed– too much cancer risk.

    I’ve spray tanned tons of times and I recommend, if you do spray, don’t use the spray booths at the tanning salon.  If you can swing it (it’s a little pricier) go to a salon and have them do it by hand.  The color looks MUCH more natural that way.  Also, I’ve never had a problem with the color transferring onto my clothes– even when I’ve worn white.

    Post # 14
    3219 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I voted for a tanning bed. Honestly you are not going to get cancer for tanning for a wedding!

    as a former tan-a-holic I have done all there is to do about tanning spray, lotion & booth, outside you name it ive prob done it.

    By far the booth wins everytime. Yes SOME spray tans come out good but let me tell you it does get on clothes, and will come off and when it starts to come off it isnt like magic you dont gradually fade back down you will have tan spots and pale spots

    Post # 15
    1019 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

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    @AEMalmostK: agreed! go get an airbrush spraytan! i hate the spray booths–i’m very pale and look orange from them. the airbrush tans look great on my pale pale skin. i’ve never had it rub off either (after the first day).

    Post # 16
    251 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Spray! I spray all the time and it looks great, even in pictures. I sprayed the night before my bridal portraits and my photographer commented how great my skin tone was and when I got the proofs back they looked great. No orange color or streaks. I would try out different places and different colors until you find the one that works for you. I would not tan in a tanning bed, so bad!

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