How to Have a (Healthy) Wedding Day Tan!

If there is one thing that most brides desire for the day of their wedding, it is a nice, glowing tan to make them more radiant. While having sun kissed skin can positively influence photos and the look of a bride’s complexion, there is also something to be said about a bride embracing her natural skin tone. It is not at all necessary to have tan skin to look fabulous on your wedding day. You want to be natural looking because these are photos that you will look at and pass on through multiple generations. However, for the bride that knows that fairer skin is not the kind of look she wants on her big day, read about these healthy tanning options so you can get that glow without doing much, if any, harm to your body.

The truth about tanning beds:

Tanning beds will definitely get you bronze for the big day. Most of them are reasonable priced too so it won’t break the bank and they seem to be located in almost every shopping center. If a bride is not a routine tanning bed user and is looking to only tan a few times before the wedding, then they may want to consider using a tanning bed. There are some ways to get the most out of your tanning bed experience, making your tan last longer and requiring less visits to the tanning salon. 1. Clean and exfoliate the skin BEFORE tanning. Doing so afterwards can result in an uneven tan. 2. Lotion, lotion, lotion! Tanning lotions can help to increase the longevity of a tan. Also, moisturize the skin regularly after tanning in order to maintain healthy, absorbent skin. 3. Always use goggles. It is extremely important to protect your eyes while in the beds. 4. Limit your trips to the tanning bed to 3 times for per week and allowing 48 hours between sessions. This makes sure that melanin levels in the skin are fully restored between each session. Learn more tips online at GOOD. However, despite popular belief, tanning beds can cause sunburns, exceed the healthy levels of UV ray exposure, and have other harmful effects on the body when used consistently over long periods of time.

Soaking up the sun:

You can always get an all natural tan by soaking up the sun. This does present some of the same dangers as the tanning bed, such as sunburns and exposure to unhealthy UVA and UVB rays. However, you do not have to worry about paying for your tan! All you need is a sunny day, a comfortable spot to lay outside, and a bathing suit and you are all set. This is by far the cheapest tan to come by and will look the most natural on your skin because it is from the sun and not from artificially produced rays or skin coloration. Be sure to apply an SPF of at least 15 in order to keep your skin safe from harmful rays. Keep in mind that SPF’s of 45 and higher all work virtually the same. Don’t buy a super expensive sunscreen because it advertises being “SPF 60+.” The fact is, SPF 15 blocks 94% of harmful rays, SPF 30 blocks 97%, and SPF 45 blocks 98%. You can’t get too much better than that, right? Also, your skin will still darken with the use of an SPF, it just may take a bit longer than a tanning bed or tanning product. Take that extra time needed into account. Be sure to consider the weather and the season. Clearly it would not be healthy to try to get your natural tan in the winter or colder portions of the spring season! Start shopping sunscreen: Sephora, Ulta, Target

Spray tanning:

Spray tans can be wonderful but they also can be tragic! The concern with a spray tan is the fear that you will come out looking like an orange. This is not okay for your wedding. The key is to gradually darken the skin. Don’t get too ambitious and immediately select the darkest shade that you want to be. Build up the color so you can control how dark you want to go or can see how the new pigments look on you. Also, do a patch test. Tan an area that won’t be visible to others in order to make sure that the color works for you. The stomach is often a good spot because it is hidden by clothes at all times and will be under your dress on your wedding day. Also, get the tan a couple days in advance so that you can avoid any of the color potentially fading off onto your dress. Standing in the spray tan booth with your legs spread apart will also make sure that the color is evenly distributed over the body and in the harder to reach places. This will also shorten the time spent in the booth. Spray tans can get pricey though so be careful not to bust your budget. Some at home tanning products can give the same effect of a spray tan and be over half the cost.

Sunless tanners:

Self tanning is the only way to get bronzer skin without exposing yourself to unhealthy UVA and UVB rays. The problem with using a self tanning product is that they tend to streak and create an uneven skin tone. Also, there are so many different types of products on the market it is hard to know which one will work for you. This is a risky way to tan before your wedding so it may be worthwhile to start practicing applying the product and testing them out a few months before the big day. There are three main kinds of self tanners: lotions, gels, and sprays. The products all work the same and temporarily darken the color of the skin without rubbing or washing off. The color will slowly fade away once application stops. It is also easy to control how dark the skin will get because the self tanners work gradually. Lotions go on in the same way that you apply your normal moisturizer. Gels tend to be darker and work faster while the lotions require more applications. The sprays allow for the easiest, even coverage because the mist goes on in the concentration all over the body. The primary areas that tend to discolor and streak are the legs, knees, hands, and elbows. The legs are difficult because there is a lot of surface area to cover and application strokes can be difficult to match and make uniform. The knees and elbows are hot spots because the skin bunches around the joints and the product becomes sedentary in the creases and folds. The hands are difficult because you will be using them to apply and rub in the products, allowing the tanners to concentrate heavily. it may be advantageous to wear gloves when applying or wash your hands following application. Be sure to invest in a separate self tanner for the face. Some popular lotions are: Jergens Natural Glow, Clarins, and Philosophy’s Here Comes the Sun. Great gels are: Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, Lorac’s TANtilizer, and Loreal’s Sublime Bronze. The best sprays and mists are: St. Tropez Self Bronzing Spray, Sephora Tinted Self-Tanning Mist, and Guerlain Terracotta Spray.

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