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04-08-2013, 04:43 PM
Ok so I'm not at goal yet but 184 and I live in the south where tan & skinny = cute. I've gone to tanning beds for years and absolutely love the golden glow I get and you cannot convince me that the tan doesnt makes me look thinner. Well with the whole new healthy kick I figured I'd sunless tan this year. So I've done research and I've tried product after product and they SUCK. Even the $$$ lotion left ugly streaks. At home spray, wipes lotion been there hate that. Not being able to reach everywhere and fat rolls.... It's just not a pretty sight. To have the spray done at the salon is kind of $$ to say it only last 5-7 days. So my vanity is hanging out at the tanning salon and it is calling me saying get glowing!!!

For those of you who WAnt that glow...... What do you do

04-08-2013, 05:18 PM
I love that healthy summer glow! And i agree people thinl ive lost even more than i have once i get my glow on lol. But i dont fake bake i do the real thing as the sunshine clears my acne (oily skin) up beautifully and i just love how i feel after a day in the sunshine! There are evils pros and cons to everything!

04-08-2013, 07:29 PM
Yea that what I WANT to do. This streaked mess is just that... A hott mess

Song of Surly
04-08-2013, 07:56 PM
I have been wondering the same thing myself. I have very pale skin, so I have always done the whole "base tan" before going to the beach; however my boyfriend and I have a friend d that was diagnosed with melanoma from doing just that. She had to have a huge chunk of skin removed on her back. Not really what I want.

I was curious if those lotions that slowly add glow are better. Like the jergens? I'm thinking of a spray tan for a wedding that I'm going to be in (the dresses are pale yellow), but I want something that lasts a little longer with consistent upkeep.

04-08-2013, 07:59 PM
That's what I have jergens natural glow... And FOR ME I'm streaked

04-08-2013, 08:00 PM
If wrinkles and potential risk of cancer aren't motivating enough, another reason to not tan is so that your skin retains full elasticity and you don't end up with saggy skin as you lose weight. Constantly tanning skin can make the saggy skin problem worse.

Look at all the really pale celebrities and how beautiful they look! Tan isn't necessarily better looking and I really doubt it makes you look thinner.

04-08-2013, 08:35 PM
I would stick with the self-tanning lotion/spray unless you can afford the spray tan at the salon.

And, if skin cancer doesn't scare you, tanning on your face makes it look old. Trust me, I'm 39 and all the girls my age who extensively tanned when we were younger look way older than me. I'm pale and only tanned a bit in my teen years. Even my brother, who is 6 years younger than me looks older than me because he has been surfing all his life and has had major sun exposure.

04-08-2013, 11:32 PM
I am a former Cali girl that loves a tan. I've always worn a high sunscreen and I do feel much better with color. Not lotion, not spray on but actual tan skin. I always use the tanning beds for about 3 weeks to get a base tan and then I go to the pools in our neighborhood. I am a beach girl that wears a 50 sunscreen and I'm told all the time that I don't look my age. I just feel better tan. Not super dark, just a glow.

To each there own on what works or makes us feel good.

04-09-2013, 02:48 AM

I grew up in Tennessee. I never laid out, but I was outside a lot. I thought I was naturally a bit dark....

....until I moved to England. And I realised just how pale I am.

I've been curious about fake tan, but I can't apply anything without it being a hot mess. Nail polish? (OMG) Mascara. (Lumps!!) I can turn moisturiser into a disaster.

Personally, I have all the risk factors for skin cancer already. (runs in the family, worked outside in late teens early 20s, lots of bad sunburns as a kid)...so I'm not gonna top that up. I don't use sunscreen though (see above about application errors) but I've only tinged pink twice in the time I've lived in England.

If I were in a wedding with a weird colour dress, I would do a professionally applied spray tan. This did happen to me (pewter dresses...Pewter!!!!) but spray tans weren't widely available then.

04-09-2013, 12:06 PM
I lay out during the summer, but only for about an hour at a time and only a couple of days a week at the most. I think that there are positives and negatives to laying out--but we are so scared of skin cancer now that we lose out on the positives. There has to be a correlation between chronic low vitamin D and the way we are constantly told to avoid all sunlight. Your body NEEDS some sun!

04-09-2013, 12:41 PM
I wear SPF 100 and still end up with a tan. This way I can protect myself but still get a tan. The tan comes from just being active outside.

04-09-2013, 01:22 PM
If you are getting a tan, then the sun is getting through your sunscreen. You may need to reapply it if your goal is to keep the sun off of your skin completely, or wear more clothes.


04-09-2013, 01:49 PM
I'm really pale and my skin does not tan at all with sun. I use Jergens Natural Glow and Coppertone Endless Summer Gradual Tan. It works nicely for me with no streaks. You just gotta take your time and make sure its all rubbed in.

However, keep it off of your knuckles, elbows, knees, etc.

04-09-2013, 02:18 PM
If wrinkles and potential risk of cancer aren't motivating enough, another reason to not tan is so that your skin retains full elasticity and you don't end up with saggy skin as you lose weight. Constantly tanning skin can make the saggy skin problem worse.

Look at all the really pale celebrities and how beautiful they look! Tan isn't necessarily better looking and I really doubt it makes you look thinner.

I agree! When I was younger I did everything I could to look a certain way. I dyed my hair blonde, had long hair extensions, and went to tanning beds to tan (and usually burn) my fair skin. Over the years I have learned to love my natural beauty and rock what I already have! Which is fair skin, medium length dark brown hair and icy blue eyes. Don't conform yourself to how everyone else thinks you should look. You should want to stand out! Especially with your skin. Your skin is the largest organ in the body and has an important job. Take care of yourself!

04-09-2013, 02:49 PM
uu i'm actually considering going to tan salon this spring before the summer.
firstly, i do not approve this and i always lecture my friends who go religiously to get their fake tan all year long, but i'm very pale and last year when i was 30 minutes under strong sun i developed allergy so this year as a precaution i'm going to go for a few times and see if it helps.
i'm not aiming for a dark tan just a little protective layer.but i have no idea how many times should i go and for how long...any advice??

the shiv
04-16-2013, 01:32 PM
Well, I'm a Scottish girl who looks best with golden skin and blonde hair... And as you may know our summers last one weekend out of the year, so I have some experience with this! I LOVE St Tropez gradual tan. You can't see the first coat (but wash your hands and exfoliate well anyway!), shower, exfoliate, reapply, repeat until you're the colour you want. Think of it like decorating your house or painting your nails. One big coat is going to show up every imperfection, but loads of little coats applied gradually eventually average out as one big even coat. There are other brands that do the gradual tan (I use garnier and johnsons when I'm short on s) but the St Tropez is my absolute favourite :)

04-17-2013, 10:49 AM
I sunbathe in the sun, those tanning beds scare the bejeezus out of me. I don't care about the wrinkles, I wear spf all year long but I do like to get tan. Wrinkles don't bother me, when I see someone with wrinkles due to the sun I think "that person has really enjoyed the beach!" I live for the beach, swmming, playing beach tennis or beach volleyball, having picnics under the umbrella, the smell of coconuts, blonde streaked hair, the feel of the salt and sun on my skin, it's more than just a tan. Honestly I don't care if I get wrinkles on my skin because of it, wrinkles means I've LIVED!!!

04-17-2013, 11:23 AM
I tan in the beds at my gym. I love how I look with a tan, I remember as a kid (when I actually spent time outdoors) I would always have a lovely golden tan and my hair would get very light blond. While I understand the risks involved I do try not to get carried away as I would have no issue spending 20 minutes a day in a tanning bed. I am limiting my tanning sessions to twice a week for a max of 10 minutes each. I alternate stand up and lay down and I only tan my face once a week or else I just get crazy freckles!

Hopefully, I will have a very nice even color for the wedding in July.

I have never had one of those sunless tanning products that worked for me. I was either orange, streaky or orange-streaky :( All of the folds and creases in my skin make even application extremely difficult.

04-17-2013, 11:34 AM
Its more work for sure to use a self tanner rather then a tanning bed, but the best two I have found so far are Fake bake, the one in the purple bottle and it comes with a mitt, and million dollar tan.

04-17-2013, 05:04 PM
I worked at a dermatology office as a medical assistant. I've seen tons of young ladies (and ladies of all ages) parading through those office doors with case after case of melanoma and some other not as serious skin cancers, but cancer regardless. I do not suggest tanning on purpose. You should wear your sunblock. I love the look of tan too, but it's just not worth the risks! I say find yourself a good salon that does a good spray tan. I don't know about 7 days, I heard they last 2 weeks. I plan to get my first sometime this summer.

04-18-2013, 11:47 PM
Google "sunless tanning tips" and you will find dozens of pages of helpful suggestions for doing a professional self-tanning job at home. There are lots of techniques out there for avoiding that streaky orange look. Both my parents have been diagnosed with skin cancers in the past, you don't want to go through that.

04-18-2013, 11:59 PM
Merle Norman just released a new one that's supposed to look really good. I "embrace the pale" because I look like I haven't washed my face when I tan, and someone told me I looked like a 40s movie star. Yeah right :D

I really think that the sun is just one factor in skin cancer, and that we all get far less real sunlight than we need. That being said, SPF serves its purpose, and tanning beds are bad news. Get your 15 minutes a day naturally, and google your way to a perfect bottled glow.