(Closed) What is your feelings on tanning for your wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 60
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m against tanning.

Used to be into it when younger (mistake) but I’m 30 now and want to take the best care of my skin!

Fake tan is fine.  I didn’t do anything for my wedding.

Post # 61
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1327 posts
Bumble bee

I am tanning, about once a week until I get the color I want, then I will stop and just go to maintain till my wedding day. I am using the tanning bed as it the only thing that clears up the complexion on my back (which is horrible btw). I am spreading it out over a weekly basis rather than all at once so that my complexion will have time to heal. It has worked wonders so far and i have only gone about 5 times, it is worth it to me to be able to wear a backless dress confidently on my wedding day. I am hoping at absoutely most I will only need to 15 to 20 times.

I only get out in the real sun a couple days out the year (so it seems), so while yes it is bad for you, it is no worse then someone who lays out in the sun all summer or all year long – in the long run.

Post # 64
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

getting on soapbox

let me preface this with saying that we are all adults. much like smokers people know it’s unhealthy. no one is going to stop doing it based on what others say, only if they want to for themselves. with that said, i would only say don’t overdo it and be careful, it’s very easy to get into a pattern with tanning where you want to do it more and more. and, to echo a previous poster, people ARE getting diagnosed with skin cancer sooner and sooner nowadays, regardless of family history. not to mention the unattrative side affects when you’re older of wrinkles and age spots…which as women we will probably spend a boatload of cash when we’re older on skin creams etc trying to combat those things. also want to say i am not trying to preach, am not a sun phobic, attacking anyone for tanning, etc…just sharing my own experiences.

i am a pale, blue eyed auburn haired lady. i tanned sporadically all through college.  nothing excessive. that plus normal beach going through my life, with sunscreen. i just liked how it looked, im able to get a nice tan without a burn. although i did notice my skin and hair was much drier when I tanned and in my early 20s started to see some very, very fine lines on my face and chest. eep. despite this, i still did it, mostly in the summertime.

I stopped when i saw my grandfather going thru skin cancer treatments and chemo a few years ago. i threw out my tanning goggles and lotions as soon as i found out. he’s a slightly darker skin tone than myself and also able to get a nice tan without burning. 

my pale aunt (aunt through marriage) is 37 years old, and last week we found out she has a melanoma on her nose which is apparently extremely agressive cancer. most of her nose has to be removed and reconstructed using other cartiledge from her ears etc. she has a five yr old son.

will a few times give you cancer? probably not.  but it’s not worth it to me to do something for cosmetic reasons that could possibly cause cancer, mostly out of respect for the poeple I know being affected by it. how could i tell my aunt or grandfather that i was going tanning?  plus the unattractive aging and drying side effects. honestly it’s not something i thought much about when i was younger or thought was common at ALL or thought would realistically happen until people I know started to be affected by it

(getting off soapbox)

Post # 65
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Even more recent studies have shown that tanning beds are even worse for us then we thought before. I will be staying away from them completely…. 

I may try an airbrush tan… Jergens works well enough for me that that may be my best option. Otherwise… I may completely embrace my paleness (FI is even paler… red head) and forgoing a tan all together 🙂

Post # 66
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with some of the other bees who embraced their paleness and did not tan.  I will be doing the same!  I am pretty pale/light skinned.  I do not tan but burn very easily so I’m just sticking to staying how I am!  I will definitely make sure to put on extra sunblock this summer so I don’t have any nasty tan lines left over by the time the wedding rolls around.  I was also very worried that a white wedding dress would wash me out due to how light skinned I am, but the ivory dress I chose did not wash me out, so I’m happy!  Some people have told me I’m crazy for not trying to get darker for the wedding, but no thanks!  I’m proud to be pale and don’t care what others say.  I, and all of you pale bees, will look beautiful on our wedding days without the tan! 🙂

Post # 67
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am a huge fan of spray tanning. I spray tan often @ salons or doing it myself. Neutrogenia micromist airbrush is AWESOME! Give that a try…..it comes in a few different levels….light…medium and dark. I choose the dark and it comes out looking great on my skin tone. Choose the shade that is best for you thou. I spray it on a spoonge to do my face, knees, elbows and feet so I don’t get blotchy spots!

Post # 68
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have really fair skin, but I’m not going tanning prior to the wedding.  My Fiance has said he loves my skin color, so that’s what I’m getting married in.

Post # 69
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58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am going to start tanning about a month or so before the wedding.  Not necessarily because I want to be super tan for the wedding, but mainly in prep for the honeymoon.  I also prefer myself with a tan rather than being pale.  But everyone is different.

Post # 70
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1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I started tanning about 3 weeks ago. I go once or twice a week. I’ve never been in a tanning bed before but I was so pale that I was uncomfortble with how I looked. We are honeymooning in Jamaica and I wanted to get a base tan to protect myself from getting burned. I’m now as tan as I want to be for the wedding and it is really nice and even and I feel sooooo much better about how I look. It’s not excessively dark, just enough to give me a nice glow and contrast in my dress and I won’t burn in Jamaica!

I’ve told myself that this is the first and last time I will go to a tanning salon. I know it is dangerous. I just hope that doing it this one time for the wedding will be ok.

Post # 71
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

That’s pretty much what I plan to do. I really don’t tan much, but I definitely want to look nice and dark(ish) for the wedding, but doing it a ton is just ridiculous. Too many things can go wrong with the self tanners, in my opinion, and they smell awful. My wedding’s in July and I plan to lay outside whenever I can between now and then (so about 3 months, little less). Though if you’ve never really tanned before laying out may only give you a burn. It took my skin a few years to be able to tan instead (used to just burn). So be careful with that and don’t stay outside too long at once.

Post # 72
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7605 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’m just going to stay pasty for my wedding.

Post # 73
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604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m against tanning personally, mostly because I did it often (not all the time, but twice a year for about 3 years) when I was younger and can now see the signs of premature ageing. 🙁 It was a stupid idea and I won’t do it again. The question is related to my personal feelings on the topic, so I’m not criticising anyone who wants to do it.

For most people, there is no such thing as just a once off tan. You have to build it up. If you try to suddenly tan before your wedding, you will burn because your skin isn’t used to it. And then you will either be red, or blotchy because you are peeling on your wedding day. Not a good look.

I’ve never had an issue with airbrush tanners, because I don’t use shades that are too dark for my skintone. If you use a medium color and you are naturally fair, you will look like an oompa loompa and that’s your own fault. Good quality tanners also don’t come off on your clothes unless you get a spraytan the same day as your event (and if you do that, you’re a moron).

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