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post #1 of 51
Thread Starter 
ok, how many of you fake tan? winter has gotten me suuuper white and i think it's time to hit the booths again any tips on getting the most out of it? i'm skeptical about pricey accelerator lotions, etc...
post #2 of 51
I'm embracing my paleness like scarlett johansson.

But, I have done it in the past (just for a little color, I look silly dark).

I think the excelorators are BS. Some have self-tanner in them, and that would do something, but you might get streaky too.

I think the best way to go is full body exfoliation the day before and TONS of moisturizer. Moist skin will take the tan better (and feel soft, yay).
post #3 of 51
I get a fake spray tan in the summer I have the girl do it very light so it doesn't look orangy. Just gives me a little more color!
You do need to exfoliate before hand. But shower right before and don't use lotion because the tan can come on uneven. Use lotion afterwards to keep your skin from drying out - and make it last longer.
post #4 of 51
i like tanning but i dont like all of the risks associated with fake baking. i also had horrible results with the Mystic tan. Right now I just use the tanning lotions for light skin
post #5 of 51
I used to tan...I haven't gone for a few monthes though;/ However, when I did go, I found that tingle lotions were awesome for getting color quick, or to give my base tan a nice boost. Designer Skin's Rock Star was my favorite. For bronzers, Swedish Beauty's Denim&Diamonds is awesome Also, exfoliating& moisturizing tons are key to keep your skin looking& feeling good.
post #6 of 51
Thread Starter 
i'm always scared to exfoliate during a tanning month, becuase i feel like it'll strip all the color off me!
post #7 of 51
What is your opinion on L'oreal Sublime Glow for Medium Skins?
post #8 of 51
I'M A TANNING WHORE! I love being d-a-r-k! i think those overpriced tanning lotions are not worth it. I would use tanning oils for best results. oil=sizzle!
I been tanning for two years now and I swear by this products called "Maui Babe". they have a tanning lotion and after tanning lotion. I love it, I use nothing but this. the thing is, they only sell it in hawai'i and Vegas so its pretty hard to get.
Just make sure you are moisturized when tanning! don't tan with dry skin! and ALWAYS moisturize after. (aloe vera).
post #9 of 51
I used to tan all the time, but in the past couple years decided that I don't want to look like the old lady in "Something About Mary" when I get older! I have tried several self tanning lotions instead.

Dove Energy Glow is ok, smells good but leaves you kinda streaky
Jergens-smells gross and leaves you streaky

I am using the new Oil of Olay tanning lotion/moistuizer and really like it. No streaks, great color, not fake looking.
post #10 of 51
Save your skin!!! Don't go to tanning beds. Try self tanners... there are many great products out there nowdays in all price ranges....
Once again I will go on my soapbox for Loreal Sublime Tanning towels
$9.00 for 6 towels I do them twice a week and love, love , love them!!!!



BTW my children are 1/2 Indian and are not pale white
post #11 of 51
Alrighty--- i used to run a tanning salon....

Healthy:
exfoliate your skin....and go Mystic spray tanning....costs about 30 bucks..need to go once every 1.5 weeks

Bad:
Get a package where you can alternate between a high pressure and low pressure booth.. you want to produce melanin...this is what makes you look tan...if you are light skinned you will benefit from this..
post #12 of 51
Personally, I believe white is the new tan and I don't want to risk premature aging (Im the person that uses spf moisturizers everyday)

If you are really set on using a tanning bed, I read to use a lower spf/spc lotion because you can still get some color, but still protect your skin.
post #13 of 51
don't be insecure about your skin, be happy with how you are. mascara, hair weaves, heals, they're all fake/illusions that help enhance beauty and they're okay. self-tanning/tanning salons are pushing it
post #14 of 51
I luv tanning...it's great in moderation, + you get your dose of Vitamin D! lol

Here's some things I go by:

Use facial and body exfoliates regularly to avoid dry skin build up and those ugly brown patches.

MOISTURIZE like crazy before and after! Using a cream with a slight bronzer helps even out your tan nicely and you wont have to go as often.

Don't go too often, like 2 days in a row bc you need to give your skin some time to regain it's natural oils...

Dont shower right after a session, especially if you use a bronzer tint, you just end up washing it away before it even has time to show.

I always rotate between lie down beds and stand ups to avoid the white creases/spots under the bum, white arm pits and the pressure point spots.
post #15 of 51
^ omg i hate that white spot above my ass and the shoulder blades!! it looks so awkward!
post #16 of 51
Decleor makes a really nice tanning lotion. You can get it @ sephora. It's about $25.00. It's not tinted, though.
post #17 of 51
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Originally Posted by sillywahine View Post
^ omg i hate that white spot above my ass and the shoulder blades!! it looks so awkward!
I KNOW! Drives me nuts...thank god for self tanner!
post #18 of 51
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Originally Posted by helgaandrag View Post
What is your opinion on L'oreal Sublime Glow for Medium Skins?
It;s GREAT it's the only kind I use and it looks soo natural
post #19 of 51
I work at a tanning salon and I'm gonna tell you a few things right now......

First of all, you can't wash off a tan. Unless we're talking mystic or anything with DHA or cosmetic bronzers. But if you just go in a normal UV tanning bed and go home and take a shower, you won't wash off your tan. That's impossible. If you see color running off of you into the drain, that is from your lotion and you will still develop color because of the UV rays penetrating into the deeper layers of your skin.

Exfoliating will not take away your tan/color (we're still talking regular UV beds here). Your surface skin cells are dead therefore they do not get tan. The color you are seeing is in the melanin, which is found in the deeper layers of your skin (just like msfigure said!). Now, if you use a lotion with DHA (which is what mystic tans are mostly made of) or bronzer then yes, exfoliating can strip off your bronze color, but it will not change the melanin.

By using a lotion (any lotion) you absorb much more UV rays, so never tan without being moisturized! Tingle lotions do make you appear darker at first, but that is just temporary. All it is doing is stimulating the skin cells and making the blood circulate to your skin quicker. I hate tingle lotions lol but I'm a wuss! I work at Desert Sun Tanning.....Everyone should go tan there! Over 80 locations, mostly in WA, and a few in OR (where I work!) and Northern CA. If anyone has any questions on tanning/skincare feel free to ask me! The esthetician in me is just dying to answer you

Okay I'm done blabbing now.

post #20 of 51
Thread Starter 
ok, all the lotions at the tanning place look like they do the same thing, can anyone recommend one?
post #21 of 51
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Originally Posted by courtzzzz69 View Post
Personally, I believe white is the new tan and I don't want to risk premature aging (Im the person that uses spf moisturizers everyday)
i'm with you on that one.
post #22 of 51
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Originally Posted by colorthecoast View Post
ok, all the lotions at the tanning place look like they do the same thing, can anyone recommend one?
Depends on what you like.....There are tingle lotions, cooling lotions, bronzing lotions and normal lotions. My all time fav. is called Spellbound. It's kinda spendy, but it is a 4x bronzer with silicone, so a little goes a long way. Plus it smells super yummy and it doesn't leave you orange AT ALL! You can always use Hempz lotion.....that's a great line by Supre and it's not as expensive. They also just came out with a Hempz Black Label, which is the darkest tanning lotion on the market right now. It's not too badly priced either....None of that $70 tanning lotion prices! Hope that helps
post #23 of 51
Thread Starter 
yay, thanks! there was one on sale today called Minx and it looked pretty good so i picked it up.. so far i like it!
post #24 of 51
Great!!
post #25 of 51
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Originally Posted by courtzzzz69 View Post
Personally, I believe white is the new tan and I don't want to risk premature aging (Im the person that uses spf moisturizers everyday)
embrace the pale!
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