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    Had no idea where to put this post, but mods feel free to move if appropriate.

    I am getting married abroad and with all the guest flying over at the same time, the day of the wedding, and various pre and post events, I’ll be around all my guests for a week. So I want to have a nice tan, *especially* for my wedding day.

    Normally I’d have a spray tan before going anywhere special, but the problem is that spray tans only last 2-3 days on me. I don’t know why, but somehow they do. I even recently tried this special 2-3 week tan and that didn’t last very long either.

    I am fair skinned, and when the sun comes out I develop copious amounts of freckles. However, I only ever tan if I burn first. I don’t ever intend to burn. What I mean is that any time I have accidentally burned (like the time a doctor prescribed me a medicine that makes people extremely photosensitive and never told me that) it then turned into a tan.

    I’m really not sure what to do at all. I don’t want to be pale for my wedding, as my eyes are my best feature and a tan makes them stand out even more. Plus, I’d feel generally self conscious if my arms etc. were pasty white.

    I am considering sunbeds, but of course am worried about the cancer aspect. My local place told me I could do 3-4 minute sessions x 3 times a week for a month. It seems like they are the most realistic option.

    Is one month’s worth of sunbed use really that bad though? Are sunbeds really that dangerous or is the rise in skin cancer to do with the sunscreens and the scary chemicals in them?

    I have never smoked and I drink alcohol only a handful of times a year. I also have strived to eat a low PUFA diet for the past four years, aside from some fries a couple of times a month.*

    * I adore fries, even though most are cooked in veg oil!

    • This topic was modified 10 years, 8 months ago by Lynn.
    The Real Amy

    I would be really surprised if one month of tanning beds would be enough to cause skin cancer, but I think it’s one of those things that no one really knows. I don’t think anyone can say they are safe.

    Either way, I think pale is beautiful! (spoken by a fellow pale princess)

    Hannah Ransom

    I agree with the above. We don’t really know, but I doubt it would be much of a problem.
    For me personally, I would probably go to a tanning bed before I did a spray tan, health wise. I hate chemicals.


    I use natural deodorant, shmapoo, soap, toothpaste etc. So I am a fan of low checmical living. However, there are lots of paraben free tanning products on the market now. So I don’t know which would be better.


    Congratulations, Lynn, on your forthcoming wedding.

    If you live in Wales, UK, you can have a sunbed I found in the barn! Not sure whether it is safe tho, I would never use it as I spend a fair amount of time outside.

    I guess from the way you said fries that you don’t live in UK :)

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