self tanners vs. tanning beds

United States
April 1, 2009 10:39am CST
OK, it's that time of year and my legs need some color. I can spend 150 on a tanning bed package to get a start for the next 3 months, or, much less on the self tanner in a bottle. I really only want color on my legs, as my face and arms always are exposed. I am way past the bikini stage and don't care about my back or belly, so you see my delima? What is a girl to do? If tanning bed let me know and if tan in a bottle, let me know what your favorites are please. I don't want to be turning orange :)
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@my52cents (569)
• United States
1 Apr 09
My friend Tracey sent me a picture of the huge scar from her melanoma surgery on her leg. It's much worse than the melanoma surgery she had on her back. Her exposure came from the sun, not a tanning bed, but it is said that tanning beds can lead to skin cancer. Trust me, you don't want a scar like hers. And you don't want skin cancer like she has. Stick with the tanning stuff in the bottle. I would go with one of the newer products that are skin lotions that tan gradually. I believe Jergens is one brand name that makes that. If you see it gradually turning orange, then you can stop it and try something else. I think those lotions have come a long way from the bright orange that we used to experience years ago, but likely it depends on how the lotion reacts with your body chemistry. Let me know how it works. Oh, lotions are a whole lot cheaper, too! (If you do go with the tanning bed, I doubt you'd need three months' worth since you tan so easily, or maybe it just doesn't "stick." Don't know, I've never tried it.)
• United States
1 Apr 09
I just saw your response above where you mention Jergens. I'm sure there are several brands and they should be coming out about now.
• United States
1 Apr 09
No, I don't want scars or surgery, that's for sure! I used Jergens in the bottle last year and it was OK, but as I look back, I think around my ankles it was not so nice looking. I probably did not rub in enough or evenly. I will probably get stuff in a bottle. Actually, Mary Kay has some, I should go on my own website and order it :)
• United States
1 Apr 09
There you go! The Mary Kay sounds like a good plan. I would imagine they'd even take it back if it turned you orange or some other unpleasant color!
@iridium (436)
1 Apr 09
well i go for pale and intresting as i have celtic skin that just goes pink and freckley! you could try one of though touch of sun moisturizers that build up color naturally so you you can stop before you reach sunny D colour.
• United States
1 Apr 09
Now my boyfriend thinks freckles are cute as can be :) I think that is what the Jergens lotion is, just a gradual progression of color. Thanks so much for your input!
@Outcast (633)
• United States
1 Apr 09
If you read the bottle of the tan in a bottle you will notice that it says do not apply to your face. So if I were you I would go with the tanning bed. It might cost more but at least you will not end up orange or hae streaks.
• United States
1 Apr 09
Yes, I don't even want to be orange! HA! The tanning beds are not real good for you though..............what a delima! Jergens has one that is for the face, but I think it would be too uneven, same with the legs. I think you have to rub it in just right.
@marty3888 (2359)
• United States
1 Apr 09
It seems to me for what you want, perhaps ythe tanning bed, but do you really have to spend that much? I've never been to one so I don't know what they are per visit bu rather than a package, if it was 25 or 30 dollars a visit, you could go three times and still save money..
• United States
1 Apr 09
The 150 is for a 3 month package unlimited. I am not sure how much a few individual visits are. That is what I used to get, but my face got too dark. Sometimes I would put a towel over my face, but it sure does get hot in there and it costs so mucy money. But I am not sure of the bottle stuff either, being uneven and orange or rusty in color.
@xtedaxcvg (3191)
• Philippines
9 Apr 09
I think what you should do is go to the beach and have fun. That will also help you get a better tan. But don't stay out on the sun too long as it might give you skin disease.
@LiveLove (445)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I would suggest the bottle for you. Radiation from the tanning bed, direct sunlight, and sunscreen, can all cause cancer (depending on length of exposure time). For me, my skin glows nicely from the amorous kissing of the sun, so I tan whether I want to or not.
@jessi0887 (2794)
• United States
2 Apr 09
I am thinking of both for me. I dont tan easy. I also dont pay that much for tanning beds. Around here you may get charged under 10 dollars for 20 minutes or you can buy a package which is also real cheap.
• Australia
2 Apr 09
Doesn't tanning things give you skin cancer???
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
2 Apr 09
Why do you want to tan your legs if you don't expose them? You are going to look very strange in the bedroom with a white body and tanned legs. lol Ever heard of stockings?
@fasttalker (2798)
• United States
2 Apr 09
Personally I don't reccomend tanning beds. The best self-tanner I have found is by Mary Kay. And believe me I've used a lot of them! Avon has one but it has the orange glow on me. If you try it I would test it for a few days in a hidden area first because I looked like a tangerine! The one that Mary Kay has I used last year and it was really good. It even endured swimming daily . I think everyone has different body chemistry and it looks different on some than others. I have also used the Jergens in the past and it was ok. It just didn't get as dark as I wanted but it wasn't orange. Good Luck!
• United States
1 Apr 09
I am very pale also. I really don't like to be but I am beginning to embrace it. I had to have a suspicious mole removed that was pre-cancerous. Melanoma runs in my family, so no more sun or tanning beds for me! My favorite self tanner that I have tried is by Bare Escentuals. It is called Faux Tan, it has green undertone instead of orange. I know that sounds weird but it looks a lot more natural. Also the smell is not too bad it is kind of like cherries. Today on the CBS Early show I saw a new self-tanning product that I am dying to try. It is by St. Tropez and claims to have zero smell. Also if it is available where you live you should try Mystic Tan. I use to go on Mondays because it was only $10 for a session. The color lasts all week and you are in and out in less than 10 minutes .