Sun-kissed skin against a beautiful white gown makes you shine even more on your wedding day. Tanning beds and chilling by the pool for hours baking in the sun can give you wrinkles and skin cancer, so these days it’s all about the spray tan. I’m a spray tan professional. I’ve been doing it for over ten years, since back when you looked like you rolled in Doritos after a tanning. Nowadays, the color is a lot more natural and the process is easy. Here’s a few tips for the perfect sun-kissed look on your wedding day.
Spray Tan Choices
There’s a few different ways to spray tan. You can buy the bottle at the grocery store and hope to apply it evenly. This is tough because you run the risk of not knowing what you’re doing and turning yourself crazy colors. Spray tan machines apply the product evenly as you rotate through spray sessions. It’s quick and easy. A spray tan technician can spray you evenly as well as accentuate muscles with darker hues. All products are usually labeled light, medium and dark. Different skin hues will look better with different shades a spray tans.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
You don’t want to show up in your wedding dress looking orange, or way too tanned, so it’s important to practice. Start spray tanning about a month before the wedding. Play around with the colors to get the effects you want. Try the light tan to see if it’s too light and the dark tan to see if it’s too dark. Everyone’s skin reacts differently so make sure you figure out what works best for you and how often you need to go. Usually a spray tan lasts about seven days. Swimming in chlorinated water or excessive sweating when working out can affect this time frame.
Moisturize Your Skin Frequently
Spray tan will soak into your skin no matter what, but you want the skin to fully absorb it. This is best done with a lotion or a primer of a sort. You can also use barrier cream for those areas you don’t want to get too dark like your hands and kneecaps. Take a shower and exfoliate as much as possible before you spray tan so your skin is prepped for the product. After the spray tan, make sure to moisturize as much as possible. You don’t want the skin to get scaly look. The salons usually offer a million different products that promise to keep your spray tan longer. Truthfully the tan is going to start coming off in about a week anyway so these products might work and they might not. It’s all up to your skin reaction.
Wait To Shower After a Tanning Session
They tell you to wait about six hours after your spray tan to shower. It’s actually best to wait as long as possible. Waiting twelve to twenty four hours is best to let the tan fully develop. If you shower too early, you run the risk of losing all the product and/or looking streaky.
Don’t Tan Too Often
When I first started spray tanning I went every other day. I had no idea why people thought I was orange! If you go too much it’s like painting your fingernails with eight coats of polish. The product starts to stack on top of each other which results in a scaly look when it starts to come off. It’s best to go about once a week, twice if you trying to get a darker tan. This will give you the best look, and it won’t make you look streaky.