(Closed) Trying to get a tan

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Maybe you should try going to a salon for a spray tan. Do a test run with a reputable place and see what day your tan looks best post-application. Then book a tan for the appropriate number of days before your wedding. That’s what I’m doing. I’m not sure if a tan will look good with my dress colour so once it gets here I’m having a tan done to ‘try on’ with my dress 🙂

Post # 4
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

spray tan a week before? thats what i’ll be doing

Post # 5
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I use Jergens Natural Glow lotion and it’s my favorite tanning lotion by far. I’ve used l’oreal and a department store brand (I think it was Clinique) and I remember them both leaving me with orange streaks. Jergens is probably the best because I think it does make your skin glow while making in a few tints darker without looking fake. I’ve never had any problems with streaks or looking orange. Their face lotion also works for me as well.

Post # 6
7638 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@jbbs1222:  I’m pale and happy with it. There’s nothing wrong with being pale. It’s how you (and I) normally look, so why not look your normal self on your wedding day?

Avoid tanning beds unless you’re into skin cancer.

Post # 7
4801 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I really just want to caution you against a spray tan.  At the very least try one out WELL before your wedding.  I also am very white and spray tans always look quite bad on me.  They come out looking too dark and it’s very hard to prevent your drier parts (elbows, feet, knees) from soaking up more colour than the rest of your body.

Even if your spray tan turns out awesome, they do not fade naturally.  They come off with your skin and look splotchy when they start to come off.  So if you did it too far before your wedding (more than a few days), it could start to come off irregularly and look patchy for your wedding day.

I have used the self-tanning lotion with more success.  But for my own wedding I braved the tanning booth for a couple of months, even though I know it’s horrible for you.  It just looked so much more natural and I was getting married outdoors in Hawaii, so I did not want to have to worry about wearing sunscreen or burning at my ceremony.

Post # 8
1047 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@paula1248:  Agreed. I’m really pale, and I look odd with a tan, natural or fake. So for my wedding day I plan on being my usual pasty self.

And sun beds are definitely bad news! It’s not worth the risk, melanoma can be so terrible!

Post # 9
3120 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You could do a spray tan 3 days before.

Post # 10
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Like others have suggested… get a spray tan! Look for reputable places in your area that are done by certified professionals. DO NOT go to a spray tan booth! The person spraying you will instruct you to put lotion on your hands, feet, and elbows to avoid soaking up too much color since they are dry areas. They will also be able to suggest the color that is right for you. If you’re as pale as you say, I wouldn’t be looking so much for a “tan” but rather a lovely glow! 

Post # 11
4 posts
  • Wedding: February 2015

Just bought VS beach sexy self tanner and I have to say it’s awesome!! It gave me a great color not fake looking at all and didn’t rub off on clothing (wore a white dress to test it out). I did wait an hour before getting dressed to make sure it was dry, and it faded in three to four days naturally no streaks. The bottle is $15 great buy!

Post # 12
1218 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If you get a spray tan, I agree with PPs who suggested trying one out before the wedding. I have had spray tans two or three times and every single time they turned out splotchy.

You could also try those gradual tanning lotions that contain moisturiser as well as tanning ingredients. With a gradual one you will need to start about a fortnight in advance, with an instant bronzer you can do it on the day of. Again, try it out beforehand to see how it looks and to make sure you aren’t allergic.

I’m not sure of the legal requirements in your area, but a lot of tanning salons will straight up refuse you if you want to use a tanning bed and you’re skin type 1 (fair skin and hair, blue or green eyes). I’ve been using a tanning bed in the leadup to my wedding but I’ve got skin type 3 or 4 – dark hair, dark eyes, no freckles and olive skin. For you I’d recommend gradual tanning lotion. Just make sure you get someone (maybe FI) to help you apply it to your back and don’t use too much on your knees and elbows, because they tend to go orange.

Post # 13
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard

I agree with PPs that suggest you try to get a professional spray tan, and allow yourself plenty of time to do a few test runs. 

if you have never been able to tan naturally before, then I would advise against the UV beds, and not just because they’re bad for you:  I’m super pale and tried them for a few sessions. I did achieve a slight tan but also developed these weird tiny white spots on my legs. my dermatologist thinks they are spots where I have literally zero melanin– kind of like reverse freckles. so my tan was barely visible (nobody even noticed I had a tan, even if I pointed it out) and the white spots made it look bad. not worth the risk!

Post # 15
1837 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i just stayed pale. not a fan of tanning lotion & i couldn’t be bothered/care enough to get a spray tan. not my thing.

Post # 16
2285 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I indoor tanned before the wedding and I’m super pale. I went twice a week for 3 weeks. I used an indoor tanning lotion (hydration is important) and started small and went longer with each visit. I think I started at 2 minutes in a stand up unit and increased slowly to 8 minutes. Each machine will vary so just ask the salon for their recommendation. Buy your lotion online, the ones at the shop are jacked up in price. If you feel tingly/itchy after then you tanned too much and you need to add another day or rest and go down one minute.


I used this lotion (avoid bronzer if you’re pale) and this face lotion . Apply the lotion at home right before you go tan. Then shower and moisturize after (sometimes tanning can make you smell funky because of the bacteria on your skin plus the accelerator lotions).

My normal paleness

My wedding tan

It’s not a super dramatic change but I did have some more color at the wedding. There’s a difference between pale and so pale even the lightest make up looks obvious on you.


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