(Closed) What tanning lotion should I use?

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
28 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

honestly, I would reccommend getting a professional spray tan, by a real person, not a booth or from your own hand. Professional tanning salons have special and sometimes stronger solution to spray you with. The professional stuff is MUCH more less likey to rub off on your dress and smell like a fake tan, all of which could and more than likely will happen with something from a can. You def don’t want to smell like a fake tan or worse, get it on your dress 🙂

Post # 4
4801 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have actually had a bad experience with spray tans.  If you are going to get one, I would suggest going a few days before the wedding to try it out and give it time to fade just in case.  I got the lightest colour and looked extremely orange and blotchy, and once it starts to come off it looks extremely splotchy.  It doesn’t fade away gradually really.

If you want to try a self-tanner, I’ve used L’Oreal Sublime Bronze in Medium.  It works really well and looks pretty natural even on my pale pale skin.

Post # 5
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I use Bare Escentuals Faux Tan.  You can get the full strength self tanning lotion that will make you tan in a few hours or get the gradual moisturizer with self tanner.  I have both and love them.  Good luck!

Post # 6
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am somewhat of an expert on the drugstore spray tan because I am as fair as a napkin and have consistently used self tanner. I use it so often that most people think it’s my actual complexion and don’t know the actual extent of my pale-ness. Anyway, as the previous poster said, L’Oreal makes a good one, but IMO the best one is Neutrogena micro mist. I say this because I use the one that supposedly makes me 3 shades darker and I have never felt that I look orange or splotchy. The mist is so fine that it’s hard to mess up. I would definitely have someone do your back to make sure you’re not missing any hard to reach spots, especially if you’re wearing your hair up. I even lightly spray my face.

Once I broke down and went to the booth – we were going on summer vacation so I figured I’d give it a try. My Fiance didn’t know I went but when I got home he said I looked orange. So needless to say I won’t be doing that again. 

Anyway, in trying to avoid melanoma, I’m hoping that I haven’t inhaled so much of this stuff that I develop some sort of lung disease or breathing disorder! 

Post # 7
747 posts
Busy bee

You can either go get a professional spray tan (well worth it, especially if you ask around and find someone who knows how do it well), or get one of the good drugstore brands. I am a ballroom dancer, and use a lot of tanner at a time, and have tried a lot of brands. Jergens carries a great tanner. It’s gradual, you just apply it for an entire week and it builds up the tan. It’s less invasive than other tanners, and will not make you orange. Make sure you get the face one if you want to also tan your face (but make-up tanner can usually do the trick…).

You can always go to a salon for a last-minute spray tan if it doesn’t come out the way you want it. You should get the spray-tan the day of for best results. Also, if you’re doing the home tanning, make sure you first apply moisturizer on your elbows and knees (drier areas) and wash your palms when you’re done, or use gloves and then cover the backs of your hands. Otherwise your palms will look orange…

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