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UKbride Member Request 1 Apr 2019

How do I tan safely?!

I am trying to think of the least risky way to get a little bit of a tan for my wedding in june. I am quite a sweaty person (tmi) sonic worry that, with any kind of fake tan, it could come off onto my dress on the day. But the idea of something like a sunbed seems pretty frightening and the statistics online seem kind of scary. Just wondering what others have done about tanning for their day.

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Hayley Marden
Hayley Marden 1 Apr 2019

I would leave it my friend did fake tan and her dress was orange inside and she got some on the outside of dress. Sunbathe naturally if it is sunny before hand.

Anstice Pryse-Hawkins
Anstice Pryse-Hawkins 2 Apr 2019

Or try those touch off sun moisturizers. They're meant to be good and very buildable.
But I'd try it now for a week, see how it looks etc because if it doesn't work at least it'll be gone by wedding

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

I used a gradual tanner beforehand like the 7 day ones

Leigh Hanley
Leigh Hanley 2 Apr 2019

Garnier Moisturising Gradual Tanner. It’s lovely and subtle and it won’t look overdone. I don’t think sweat will shift it!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Hi Anstice! I'm a makeup artist and I would recommend St tropez in shower gradual tanner, no marks no smell gradual natural colour, apply to wet skin in the shower and wash off 3 mins later it then develops with our any of those horrid side effects of fake tan, available in boots and super drug ️

Esti Shackleton
Esti Shackleton 2 Apr 2019

Sunbed is fine to use as long as you do not overdo it. Twice a week til you the browness you want to be and then drop to once a week until the wedding. Sunbeds are actually good for you if used correctly and not overused. Especially in colder climates where Vitamin D is scarse. It is like anything in life, anything used in excess is bad for you. X

sharon finestone
sharon finestone 2 Apr 2019

If your only doing subbed for your wedding I’m sure you’ll be fine. It’s people who subbed a lot I think who put themselves at risk. I wouldn’t risk a fake tan

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

A spray tan doesnt come off if you do it say 2 days before. I had a spray tan for my wedding and never came off on my dress. Maybe do a trial one soon to see if you like colour etc as normally only a tenner to have it done x

Anna Livesley
Anna Livesley 2 Apr 2019

Personally, I’d use a sunbed - no chance of stinking like fake tan and it rubbing off onto your dress.
Start at 3 minutes and build up slowly to 6 minutes once or twice a week until the day.
Prolonged exposure to sunbeds can be very dangerous, but a shortened exposure can have a positive outcome, such as increased vitamin D levels and can also help out with skin conditions such as eczema 😊

Hollie Clifford
Holly Clifford 2 Apr 2019

You can get some sort of cream that helps you tan gradually... I used it for prom years ago. Can’t remember the name though 😬xxx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

I decided to use a sunbed. I took it very very careful and only did 10 minute sessions. Partly I did this for a tan on the wedding day - but I was actually advised to go onto the beds by my dr for 2 reasons.
1- I have a vitamin D deficiency and modern beds have Vit D lamps.
2- my honeymoon was in Florida and dr recommended having the “base tan” to protect my skin from burning in Florida which he said was a bigger risk than using the beds.

I used a tanning oil/cream from “carrot sun” which was great at helping me tan and protecting my skin.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

I kept my porcelain complexion intact.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

I stayed pasty! Haha. Made matching foundation easier x

Sarah Sharpe
Sarah Sharpe 2 Apr 2019

I wouldn't do it, I had a friend who faked tanned and cried at her photos because she didn't look like herself! Think about how much of you will be on show without makeup?! Is it worth it?! Xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

I stayed pasty x

Dani Smith
Dani Smith 2 Apr 2019

Body shop do a nice bronzing cream. I'm going to use a moisturiser that slowly builds it up. The last time I used a sun bed I randomly threw up when I got out! 😂

Cat Cubitt
Cat Cubitt 2 Apr 2019

I sunbedded! My skin is always in a better condition when I sun bed! But I only do for an occasion.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

I'm using skinny tan sun lotion and after sun. It has a tan in it that builds up over time. Doesn't rub off either it's great

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

I tried a tanning gel from NUskin last summer, and I loved it! Gradual tan, doesn't smudge and doesn't go orange! If you use it a few days in advance there will be no chance of it rubbing off on your dress (I had no transfer to any of my clothes when I used it)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Sunbed would be fine, it's prolonged overuse that's dangerous, I used them leading up to my wedding just to have that little glow x

Lisa Evans
Lisa Evans 2 Apr 2019

I'm debating the sunbed option as well just so that my skin tone is even, not necessarily tanned. It's all good to say put a gradual tan on... but unless u got someone that's gonna rub that mother in on your shoulders and back u got zero chance of it being even.... I wouldn't trust my man with that lol!! I'm an spf wearer of 50 on a daily basis without fail, so sunbeds do scare me, but I may do it this once just to get that even skin tone I'm after. Being 48 it's a bit patchy lol

Karen King
Karen King 2 Apr 2019

Ive booked an hour sunbed so just pop along and have ten minute sessions as and when i please x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Why bother at all?... The wedding isn't about how tanned you are. I get you want nice photos but there are bigger things in life than the colour of your skin...... Just go with your natural skin tones to show your natural beauty which is probably what your husband to be loves about you, it really doesn't matter if you are not tanned. Its a wedding not a show.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Sunbeds for a short course is no different to natural sunbathing for a full day. The uv is concentrated for a few minutes rather than a long exposure. It’s career tanners who are at most risk

Tiffany Carlile
Tiffany Carlile 2 Apr 2019

Spray tan?
Or you can get those moisturisers that gradually build a tan

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

A spray tan is goid a few days before ....dont use sunbeds to dangerousb..spray tans often r above hairdressers ..try before u need ..

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

I went on the sun beds for 6 minutes once a week for 4 weeks then 6 minutes twice a week for the 4 weeks before the wedding and had a healthy glow

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

I got married last June and we had a cracking few weeks before, I just made sure I wore vests so I didn't have tan lines, hopefully we will have good weather again xx

Sharon Lockyer
Sharon Lockyer 2 Apr 2019

I had a warm glow St Tropez spray tan 4 days before our wedding. I didn’t shower for 18 hours afterwards and none of it rubbed off

Hollyanne Greenbank
Hollyanne Greenbank 2 Apr 2019

I had a sienna bridal tan. It goes on clear, when you wash in the shower it’s clear, it very slightly came off in my dress under my arms but couldn’t see it

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Try a tinted moisturizer. Like Garnier Summer Body. It gradually tans your skin with each application and moisturises ur skin too. Once the product has been absorbed by your skin it wont transfer. Also you can build it up until your happy. Just make sure whoever is doing ur makeup knows as they will need to change ur foundation shade. X

Kimberley Jessop
Kimberley Jessop 2 Apr 2019

I use Sunbeds to build up in moderation. I put a low factor sun cream on to protect against UV it helps me tan nicely. That's what I do

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Please please don't use sunbeds, is it really worth dying for one day?? And no I'm not being overly dramatic, sunbeds are never good, I should know I got skin cancer at 18 from going on sunbeds once a week for 6 weeks. The only safe way to tan is to fake it

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UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/sun-uv-and-cancer/sunbeds-and-cancer

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Bondi Sands every day gradual tanning milk

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Photographers hate fake tan!! I used sunbeds ... people don’t like it but that’s what I did. So it’s up to you but wouldn’t want to ruin the dress with fake tan either. A gradual in shower tan might work ...

Leanne Young
Leanne Young 2 Apr 2019

I'll be using sunbeds. 6 minutes once or twice a week, their are risks involved with sunbeds but everything has risks, so it's your choice hun x

Tasha Hodgson
Tasha Hodgson 2 Apr 2019

I go on sunbed for 6 minutes once a week and i get married in 10 weeks x

Lauren Barlow
Lauren Barlow 2 Apr 2019

I was unsure too but I had a trial spray tan a few weeks ago. Used st tropez and it was very subtle- it’s supposed to build to the natural colour of your skin. It didn’t seem to transfer onto clothes or anything either. Would recommend a trial if you’re thinking of tan then you know what you’re getting xx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Don't do anything that makes you look less 'you'. Fake tan looks so orange in photos it makes photographers sad.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Honest opinion - if you don't normally tan,why would you for your wedding day?Presumably your dress has been bought and has been done so based on your natural skin colour and tone,having a tan could throw off how it looks (some colours look better without a tan).It just seems like a lot of extra stress for no reason. If you have time,perhaps have a trial run of a spray tan,or try the tanning body lotions available,they build up.But in all honesty,just be your beautiful,non-tanned self on your wedding day

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

I'm getting married in May and had the same worries you did. I have opted to start sunbeds for 6 weeks before the wedding. My view is it's only short term use and no different from being outside in a good summer.

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Skinny Tan Kkarenn Ccolvillee it dose’nt stain your clothes I use it all the time .... even I can’t make an arse if it...🤔

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

I had exactly the same thoughts before my wedding, in the end I didn’t bother with any of it and it didn’t bother me at all! I don’t look at the pics and wish I was tanned! I know that’s just me and everyone is different but as you say other options are too risky!

Debbie Watt
Debbie Watt 2 Apr 2019

I went to the sun bed just 3 mins a time Maybe twice a week and you'll build up a colour gradually.

Debbie Osborne
Debbie Osborne 2 Apr 2019

skinny tan...doesnt come off on clothes at all

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Dove! Every time! Xx

Natalie Stavrou
Natalie Stavrou 2 Apr 2019

Personally i dont see an issue with the odd sunbed here and there. I only ever go on the lead up to my holidays for 3mins a week.

Alternatively I have heard that Viva Liberata is a good brand. My friend says it doesnt smudge or stain anything

Esti Shackleton
Esti Shackleton 2 Apr 2019

Noone better mention anything about sunbeds, you may just get told off by Fiona Pitt. 🙄

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Damage from a sunbed is from over use. One or two 5-10 mins sessions you’ll be fine.

Danielle Thomson
Danielle Thomson 2 Apr 2019

Use a tanned moisturiser leading up it will build up a better natural colour and wont run into clothes

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

I didn't bother! Used gradual tan lotion that gave me a bit of a glow, but that was it x

Shara Wells
Shara Wells 2 Apr 2019

You can get certain tans now that are non transferable vita liberata do one i also think Sienna X do too. I will be getting a spray tan before my wedding as i love a good spray tan and i always use self tanner so its just me, i would look odd without!! Trial and error. Get a few different spray tans see how they transfer and how long they last xxx

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Do what's right for you, maybe a spray tan if you're worried?
I used sunbeds before my wedding (not a sunbed person, I only really used it then)
In consol (assuming they're all the same) you can turn off the facial tanners, I also put on sun cream (probably a bit counterproductive, and it probably did nothing more than take me longer to tan, but it made me feel better about the risks)

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

I wouldn't go down the sun bed route. I had a spray tan 2 days before my wedding and had no rub off or anything, it was perfect. I would go for a trial spray tan maybe and see how you feel and go from there. I only had a spray tan as I caught the sun and had tan lines so I needed to sort that out

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

As a wedding photographer I recommend to just be natural. From experience it really doesn’t look good x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Dilute bovril 2 parts to 1 part and apply liberally with a sponge at least two days before the big day, works wonders just avoid any stray dogs. You'll also be really tasty at bedtime .

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

If it's something you don't usually do, which is the impression you're giving, why would you do it just for your wedding? Surely you want to look back on your pics and see the real you? I get you want to look you're best and most people feel better with some colour, but if you don't usually wear fake tan or use sunbeds you might regret it, especially for your wedding day. Instead why not go for a waterproof BB type thing that will make your skin look more radiant with a healthy glow rather than something with colour in it?

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Try the build up tanning moisturisers x

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

Sienna x spray tan in the lightest shade 2 days before the wedding.. Nice touch of colour and no transfer

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 2 Apr 2019

I'm having a clear spray tan, doesn't rub on clothes and no marks etc xxx

Kayte Lowe
Kayte Lowe 2 Apr 2019

Just slightly off the tan topic, but if your worried about sweating on your wedding day you could try Driclor?
You put it on any areas of concern like a roll on deodorant and it stops you sweating.
I would recommend trying it out before hand though as it can be a tad itchy as it blocks your pores, so you'll want to try out if it's something that you'll be comfortable using.

Emily Mash
Emily Mash 2 Apr 2019

I think in the same way as you: don’t want a sun bed but also worry about sweat making marks! I had a fake tan once and I had a reaction, annoying sensitive skin! Embrace your paleness!

UKbride Administrator
UKbride Administrator 3 Apr 2019

Fucks sake a 12 min session 2 ot 3 times in a weeks run up to ya wedding wont kill ya on a sunbed thats just stupid thinking ffs people get a grip ..more like someones wanting attention

Claire Joanne
Claire Joanne 3 Apr 2019

Find a sienna x spray tan provider and ask for the clear tan. This is what I provide for all my brides as it has no guide colour therefore eliminates the risk of transfer, it’s brilliant! Xx

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