Advice for a Healthy Summer Tan

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    Mar 19, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I have a very special occasion coming up end of June for which I wanna be my tannest. Haven't done it in years so I'm wondering whether to sun tan or use the spray tan booth? Or both?

    Has anyone tried the spray tan booth? Is the tan natural looking? How long does it last?

    Of course nothing bests sun tanning, but I only have time to do it on weekends which is not enough to develop a strong tan.

    Also any advice on what healthy products or brands to use for tanning?

    Below is a photo of the result I'm aiming for, it's similar to my complexion type and how I look within 2 months under a scorching Mediterranean sun (ps It's not me in the pic lol)

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    Mar 19, 2012 3:33 AM GMT
    Neutral saidAdvice for a Healthy Summer Tan
    Don't get one.
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    Mar 19, 2012 3:41 AM GMT
    wow...yeah, the picture reminds me of my sister growing up, except blond an blue eyes.
    now scared from all the melanoma removals; she wouldn't be caught dead in a strap shirt.
    except your melanin challenged body. I heard white boys are in demand.
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    Mar 19, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
    Hehe I know that, but it's only for a very special occasion. Kinda like drinking for me icon_razz.gif

    And I'm not using a tanning bed which shocks skin with UV too much too soon. I want a slow gradual tan.
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    Mar 19, 2012 6:37 AM GMT
    Supposedly Mystic Tan is the best fake tan you can get. Haven't tried it yet, but you stand in a booth and get misted head to toe and it's supposed to look fairly natural. I would try that before tanning beds.
  • BardBear

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    Mar 19, 2012 10:29 AM GMT
    Live in Florida or Arizona. We get tanned even when we don't want to! Seriously, I'm always at the beach when I can, so that works for us.

    Good luck with that.

    How's about you just worry about being yourself--tan or no tan. And you'll be the best looking person there!

    Peace,
    Bardy
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    Mar 19, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    Thanks Fiyero27 and BardBear, I'll give Mystic Tan a try icon_smile.gif
  • DCEric

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    Mar 19, 2012 5:52 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Neutral saidAdvice for a Healthy Summer Tan
    Don't get one.


    I see my work here is already done.
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    Mar 19, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    DCEric said
    paulflexes said
    Neutral saidAdvice for a Healthy Summer Tan
    Don't get one.


    I see my work here is already done.


    You two beat me to it!
  • NYCAthlete

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    Mar 19, 2012 5:57 PM GMT
    Based on my experience the best way to tan is . . . oh, wait. Tan, as in Melanin / darkening of the skin? Can't help you.
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    Mar 19, 2012 6:01 PM GMT
    healthy + tan = oxymoron
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    Mar 19, 2012 6:03 PM GMT
    Boo you guys are sissies, paleness is gross.

    A little sun exposure daily is always healthy, activates Vitamin D production.
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    Mar 19, 2012 6:09 PM GMT
    to the people that are like "dont get a tan" or "healthy tan is an oxymoron"

    please shut up. He's not asking what your opinion of tanning is. He is seeking advice on how best to get a natural looking tan while minimizing the risks of tanning beds and sun exposure. .

    I think some spray tans- like mystic tan can look natural, just be careful of streeking and "dripping"....afterwards.

    I would get a spray tan the day before the event u are going to...that way after one shower u still have most of the tan in tact. Keep in mind, that each time u shower the tan will slowly fade, which is why it's important to only shower maybe once after getting it.....which is why u should get the spray-tan the day before the event. .

    Tanning beds IMO give one a burnt look....almost makes one's skin look wrinkly brown...like a leather bag...

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    Mar 19, 2012 6:13 PM GMT
    So you want to be a women... hmm my thesis is looking stronger each day.
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    Mar 19, 2012 6:19 PM GMT
    Go with natural sunlight. I've never seen someone with a spray tan that I didn't think looked like an oompa loompa icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 19, 2012 6:27 PM GMT
    If you wanna tan but don't want any major damage just make sure you use an spf 15 sunscreen. It will lessen the effect of any damage BUT you will also still be able to tan.

    Fake tans look like shit. I'd avoid them if I were you. Plus judging from your pic you have a great skin tone already. Your hardly Casper lol !
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    Mar 19, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    Import saidto the people that are like "dont get a tan" or "healthy tan is an oxymoron"

    please shut up. He's not asking what your opinion of tanning is. He is seeking advice on how best to get a natural looking tan while minimizing the risks of tanning beds and sun exposure. .

    I think some spray tans- like mystic tan can look natural, just be careful of streeking and "dripping"....afterwards.

    I would get a spray tan the day before the event u are going to...that way after one shower u still have most of the tan in tact. Keep in mind, that each time u shower the tan will slowly fade, which is why it's important to only shower maybe once after getting it.....which is why u should get the spray-tan the day before the event. .

    Tanning beds IMO give one a burnt look....almost makes one's skin look wrinkly brown...like a leather bag...



    Thank you so much for the advice Import!!! Im gonna try mystic tan right now to see if I like the result. If not I'll sun tan.

    I'm gonna be the best man at a wedding, so I dont want people to notice me turning from white to tan overnight. I wanna do it gradually.
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    Mar 19, 2012 6:44 PM GMT
    whateveryo saidIf you wanna tan but don't want any major damage just make sure you use an spf 15 sunscreen. It will lessen the effect of any damage BUT you will also still be able to tan.

    Fake tans look like shit. I'd avoid them if I were you. Plus judging from your pic you have a great skin tone already. Your hardly Casper lol !


    hehe thanks for the advice and compliment sir!!!

    I usually tend to darken in the summer anyways. I get the flip flop, watch, and the v-neck tan lines icon_lol.gif

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    Mar 19, 2012 6:48 PM GMT
    There's no such thing as a "healthy tan". The existence of the tan itself is because of damage. Tanned skin = damaged skin.

    That being said, it is important to get some sun exposure for the vitamin D, unless you supplement with a lot already. Sun-screen is always a great idea.
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    Mar 19, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    I live where there is no sun for a good portion of the year so I go tanning not only for looks but to battle that seasonal depression feeling. I purchase time in the higher end beds that expose you to far fewer damaging uv rays using better bulbs. You also avoid that gross orange oompa loompa color that Cheap bed will give you. I know even the better beds are still not healthy but everyone looks like shit when they are old anyway so might as well look my best while i still got it!! Lol