(Closed) What’s your wedding tanning regiment?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I started tanning a month before my wedding and ended up going about 6-7 different times, slowing increasing what power bed I went in and for how long.  I wasn’t looking to get dark though, just wanted some extra color.

I had actually wanted to do an airbrush tan but had tried it before my engagement photos and had issues with it irritating my skin.  If you are going to do a spray or airbrush, I would just recommend you try it well in advance to make sure you don’t have any issues.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Are you able to tan? Cause I would just go 10 or 12 times before, maybe once or twice a week. Make sure you mosturize ever night! Spray tans are ok, they last about a week, but you risk having the streaky look or it rubbing off!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I went as my normal pasty-white self, but I if I did, I would do a spray tan. No tanning beds for me, thanks, I’ll deal with pasty photos and not be wrinkled at 30 and worrying about skin cancer!

 

ETA: our intern had a fabulous tan all summer and I finally said something to her about it and she said she’d been using Jergens’ lotion that had some kind of tint to it. I never would have guess it was fake!

Post # 6
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Newbee

Spray tan all the way!  Airbrush kind though.  Real tanning turns me pink 🙁

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

I go to the tanning bed on occasion but I also use Fake Bake ( $30 at Ulta or you can order it online) and it is not very orange-y.

I do plan to up my visits to the tanning bed before the wedding because I don’t want to miss and areas with the spray tan or get too much on one area and have to try and cover it up. 

I would say to get a membership somewhere about 6 weeks prior to the wedding and slowly work your way up to your desired color. If you burn at all, you want to give yourself time to heal instead of being in a time crunch to get tan and wind up peeling on or before your wedding day. The consultant at the tanning place can recommend a time limit and bed strength, although I would suggest ( if you haven’t tanned at all or in a while) to listen to your body and if you get too hot or feel like your burning the first couple of times to get out of the bed even if your time isnt up yet.

Also– moisturize like a crazy person! It will help you keep color longer and also helps you han faster than with dry skin! Happy Tanning 🙂

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

@hisgoosiegirl:  I’ve used that Jergen’s lotion before.  It’s okay.  The problem is just how difficult it is to use (also, it smells terrible IMO).  I would exfoliate in the shower, towel try, and then put the lotion all over my body (my preference, some people just do arms, chest, legs, face, etc).  I could always see it on my palms, even though I always washed.  If you’re not careful to do it perfectly evenly it can definitely be streaky.  Then I’d have to wait for it to absorb, standing naked in my room, for like 15 minutes before sitting on anything or putting any clothes on.  A few uses was enough to get a healthy-looking glow, but not really a ‘tan’.  I was going for the bit of a glow, so I didn’t use it religiously.  It sounds like the girl you know has perfected the use of the tinted lotion, I’m jealous!!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I went tanning a month before the wedding. I normally don’t go so I won’t be wrinkled at 30. I have an olive complexion and it was the perfect amount for me. I wasn’t too dark – it was a perfect tone

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@MrsDrRose612:  yeah I tried it, but it didn’t work the greatest for me. But she seriously looked like she spent the summer on a Mediterranean island. I wonder if maybe her skin color was a little darker than me to start with, so it looked better on her.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh, even if you do the Jergen’s route, try it long before the wedding!  Not only have I had issues with the spray tans, even Jergen’s has left me with itchy bumps.  I don’t normally have sensitive skin but there’s some ingredient in both things that gives me issues.  Just a friendly word of caution!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

@hisgoosiegirl:  Either that or she must have some secret that she’s not sharing…I just can’t get those tinted lotions to look good on me…and I already have faily olive-colored skin (half-italian).  Those are just not my forte..I get orange palms and orange splotches behind my knees

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am medium complexion but I usually tan for 10 min at a time. I only need to go 3 times to get a nice tone BUT my esthetician doesnt want me to do it. She gave me a 3 day window to tan so that I can still get my regular peel. In the meantime I will research spray tanning, spending money trying different places until I find one that works well and doesnt leave my dress brown. I am 31 so I really should stop tanning anyway 🙁

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am a tan-o-holic. I LOVE LOVE LOVE tanning and I tan at least 6 months of the year, not easy to do in PA! I use sunscreen on my face only and flip every half hour.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@KT808:  this is very scary. Do you go to a derm at least once a year? do you realize how easy it is to get skin cancer and die, or at least have melanoma running through your body for the rest of your life? Maybe you should educate yourself on the harmful effects of continuous tanning, and then see if you still feel the same.

OP, I think that tanning is the least smart answer here. You can use a lotion (hell, you could make your own. Just add powdered bronzer to your regular lotion, mix until you get the color you want, and then rub in. Instant tanning lotion!) or spray tan

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