Post # 17
@KT808: I hate to harp on you, but I’ve known three people personally who’ve had skin cancer. And none of them were old. My aunt’s fiance died of melanoma in his 30s, one aunt got it in her late twenties, and a friend’s sister was a self-proclaimed tan-o-holic and was just diagnosed. She’s 25.
Post # 18
St Moriz tanning mousse (the generic of St Tropez brand) is great for those of us with olive undertones. I found that Jergens and other similar brands/products looked too orange on my skin.
I apply the mousse at night and wash any remaining product off in the shower the next morning.
Post # 19
No tan, at all. 🙂
I’m a red head with peaches and cream complection… and my wedding is just before next Christmas. So I’ll go au natural!
Post # 20
Spray tan all the way! I did a Mystic Tan for my sister’s wedding and it was wonderful! She also did one and had no issues with the tan coming off. The Mystic Tan is a clear solution that soaks into your skin, so no orange issues! If your wedding is on a Saturday, I would recommend going on a Wednesday evening so that you look more natural on Saturday.
Post # 21
i used to be obsessed with tanning and getting the perfect tan. Although i always wore 30 spf sunscreen and i tanned pretty easily. And because i live in Canada, it wasn’t like I could tan very often. But looking back, i still think i over did it in the summers and vacations because i am 31 now and i feel like i can see the effects of all that tanning. My skin is just not as smooth as my pasty white 31 year friends! (and i am a little jealous!). So now i am all about trying to preserve the youth i still have left and if i could go back in time, i would have been a little more cautious.
However, it is a struggle because my guilty pleasure IS tanning. Not so much to get the perfect tan anymore, but i LOVE the feeling of just passing out on the beach under the burning sun. It’s like the ultimate relaxation for me. So it’s frustrating that i know it’s not good for me. I try to look at it like chocolate now – okay in small doses, but don’t over do it! My regimen used to simply be flipping over every 20 minutes or so and always putting sunscreen on after getting out of the water. And making to sure to apply it evenly everywhere. And my pet peeve (for myself only) was tan lines! so i would do everything not to get them (i usually failed though because i am a tank top whore in the summer). Well i guess that is still my regimen, but i don’t stay in the sun for hours anymore. I go under the umbrella for part of the time when i at the beach.
Post # 22
Over the course of six weeks, I went once the first two weeks, twice the next four, and then I didn’t tan five days before my wedding. My skin looked amaaaaaaaaazing. I wish I could do that all the time.
Post # 23
@MrsDrRose612: Oh god. The smell. THE SMELL. My husband had a hard time tolerating it. I had to sleep in socks, sweatpants, and a sweatshirt with the hood up to keep the stench contained.
Post # 23
@MrsSl82be: Actually I am a biologist and biochemist. I fear the lack of vitamin D more than the sun. The health industry has people scared to death of the sun; but the health industry does not make a profit from healthy people. I have been tanning for decades, my skin looks great and no signs of skin cancer!
Post # 24
@dynamic_duo: I adore nude sun tanning and have been fortunate enough to get away with it for the past 15 years. Unfortunately, when we moved last July, we got neighbors. I HATE wearing clothes when I tan!
Post # 25
@KT808: good for you. you could take a Vitamin D tablet every day and get the same result. I hope you never do have to live with skin cancer, or god forbid, die from it. Or get that leathery skin that is just so gross and unnatural feeling from years of over exposure to the sun. Sure, its ok in very small doses, but there is oodles of research that shows that 10 minutes of being in a tanning bed is like 5 hours in the sun
The OP is asking about the best way to tan, including fake baking and not sun tanning
Post # 26
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
I’m probably going to go in the tanning beds.
But that being said, my family all has this type of skin where we tan. Most people think I look Mexican when I’m tanned (because of my black hair, but my green eyes give it away) – thats how dark I get. I’ve never burnt in my entire life. And I’ve been to the Derm, where I got the test that looks for skin damage underneath your skin (some weird camera thing), and the Derm didn’t believe that I tanned at all. She thought I was lying (I’ve spent my fair share of time in tanning beds).
I’ve read a lot that skin cancer tends to run in families and for only people of a certain skin type. I know I may be being stupid, but I don’t honestly think I’ll get it.
Post # 27
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
@KT808: I also work in science, and a lab down the hall was testing sunscreens. In order for them to test sunscreen, they all have to wear hazmat suits and it is intense. Sunscreen is actually known to the scientific community as a carcinogenic.
How the heck do people think we have evolved for millions of years? Not using sunscreen.
I think its common sense – don’t scorch yourself, dont be out so long that you burn.
Now… I hope that my skin which has never burnt in the Canadian or Mexican sun, doesn’t burn when I’m in Africa!
Post # 28
Just to clarify, KT808, you are not suggesting that the “health industry” has exaggerated the risk of skin cancer from sun exposure in order to profit from Vitamin D deficiency disorders, correct? Because let me assure you that the incidence of malignant melanoma is exponentially greater than that of rickets. So the health industry would actually profit more from downplaying the effects of sun exposure. Exposure to UV radiation is as closely linked to cancer as smoking.
To the OP, if you are going to try a spray tan, I would do the airbrush tans where a person sprays you, not a machine. I would also get sprayed 2 days before your event, so the tan is still fresh, but the risk of the color getting on your dress is less.
Post # 29
@KT808: the health industry has people scared to death of the sun; but the health industry does not make a profit from healthy people.
that makes no sense. Then why wouldn’t the health industry PROMOTE tanning and not using sunscreen? They would make more money then, right?
and you sound lucky. so far.
IMO, having darker skin isn’t worth getting cancer and dying over. And true, that won’t happen to everyone, but how much are you willing to risk?
And sun in small doses is great! I’m usually a few shades darker by the end of the summer – if you’re responsible and not getting burned or tanning for hours, you’re probably fine.
These seem like legitimate sources. I’ll go with what they say and the fact that there are now limits in 30 states on indoor tanning. As far as sunscreen, it sounds like only certain kinds have the possiblity to be dangerous. Stick with zinc oxide and you’re fine.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/02/28/tanning.skin.cancer/index.html – this girl got skin cancer at 19.
*steps off soapbox*
Post # 30
I’m planning on either doing a mystic tan or just doing it myself with the trusty self tanner. I like the Banana Boat “summer color”, it comes in both a lotion and a spray. The spray kind of stinks but it’s super fast and easy to use.