Top Tips for Perfect Self-Tanning for Your Wedding Day
Every bride wants to look her best on her big day, including flaunting a gorgeous, healthy, sun-kissed glow.
However, overexposure to the sun is not good for your skin, and it can lead to painful sunburns, premature aging, and even skin cancer.
Fortunately, there’s a safer way to achieve that radiant tan – self-tanning! With self-tanning products or spray tanning, you can flawlessly enhance your natural complexion without the risk of getting too much sun. Here are our top tips for preparing your skin, avoiding streaks, and achieving a flawless tan to make you a blushing and beautiful bride.
First things first – prepare your skin-To get good color, you need good skin.
Tip 1: Exfoliate Your Skin
Before any self-tanning treatment, it’s essential to exfoliate your skin to remove dead cells and dirt buildup, which can prevent the self-tanner from sticking to your skin properly. Use a gentle scrub or exfoliating gloves to massage your skin in circular motions. Be careful not to over-exfoliate, as it can cause irritation and redness, especially on sensitive areas like the face, neck, and chest.
Tip 2: Moisturize Dry Areas
Apply a lightweight moisturizer to dry areas like knees, elbows, and hands. These areas are naturally drier and can absorb more self-tanner, leading to darker, uneven patches. Moisturizing will create a subtle barrier and help prevent any self-tanning product from clinging to dry or rough skin.
Getting Started With Your Color
Build your base and choose a shade that is lighter than you desire as these products tend to darken with time. If you choose a spray with a bronzer, be mindful of choosing a tone that is not too dark.
Tip 1: Practice on a Small Area
It’s important to do a patch test on your skin before applying the self-tanner to your entire body. Choose a small area, like your arm or leg, and apply a small amount of the product. Make sure you are happy with the color, consistency, and lack of any allergic reactions. Doing so will help you know whether to continue and the amount of product to apply for a perfectly balanced finish.
Tip 2: Use the Right Tools
When applying self-tanning product, it’s critical to use the right tools for the task. Using a tanning mitt or glove will not only give you a streak-free finish but will also avoid your hands from accidentally getting stained with the product. Medium-sized brushes are also useful when self-tanning your face and neck, making it easy to blend in the product.
Tip 3: Timing is everything
If you’re new to sunless tanning, allow plenty of trial time or schedule trial sessions at least 6-8 weeks before your wedding day. Avoid applying tanning products over old applications by scheduling your last trial session at least two weeks ahead of your big day. Choose a lighter shade to start with, building up your color in a couple of sessions. Be careful not to choose a tone that is too dark.
Tip 4: What to wear
If you’ve opted for a spray tan, pay attention to the décolleté area and consider your gown’s neckline and backline. Plan on wearing something loose fitting and dark after application.
Tip 5: Know When to Shower
Self-tanning products need time to develop and change the color of your skin. It’s essential to know when to shower after applying the self-tanning product. Every product has a different set of instructions, so read the label carefully and follow it to the letter. Generally, waiting for at least 4-6 hours before showering is advisable.
Tan with confidence!
Gone are the days of unhealthy tanning habits, exposed tan lines, and other sun-related issues. Self-tanning or spray tanning is a safer and affordable way to get that desirable glow for your memorable wedding day. By following our top tips for preparing your skin, moisturizing, practicing, and using the right tools, you can easily have a perfect flawless tan look that lasts as long as your special day. So, go ahead, book your appointment, and enjoy looking and feeling your best on your wedding day. Congratulations and, let’s toast to a lifetime of love, laughter, and health.
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