There are a few camps on this subject, you are either a non-tanner who loves their skin tone just the way it is, a seasonal tanner (has had one or two before but only for a special event), a hit and hope tanner (someone who hasn't had one or more than one ever and is willing to give one a go and lastly the tan master who is a dab-hand at their own self tanning and spray tans on the regular.
Whether any of these sound like you or none of them do, I'm here to provide the vital information for preparing your bod for your bridal or special event spray tan.
First thing to note is that a spray tan is a delicate operation. You actually have to provide a smooth canvas for the tan to be applied to. If you apply a spray tan (or a self tan) to rough, dry skin the result will be underwhelming and more of a hindrance than a blessing.
If you over-exfoliate your skin before a spray tan or shave or wax too close to your spray tan then the skin can become sensitive and sometimes uneven again and you will suffer other consequences such as a patchy and sometimes itchy tan.
For your face: Personally, I feel that having some tan on the face helps even the skin tone and prepares it for your bridal makeup - however - even though I am an avid self tanner and self-spray tanner myself I do NOT spray my face as I treat the skin on my face differently with many different active skincare products. Soooooo the secret is.....use ECO Tan Face Tan Water. It is seriously the business.
This product is also amazing for the men in our lives, especially leading up to the wedding day. It's so easy for them to use - just splash it in your hand and rub into the face, blending well as you go.
Follow the below tips for preparing your bridal bod for your spray tan and you'll be off to a great start.
It is absolutely recommended to test a spray tan out before your big day, especially if you are not familiar with spray tanning. I would recommend doing this at least a month before the big day.
- Exfoliate your body gently 2-3 days prior and moisturise well immediately after and continue to do so until your tan day. Give your underarms a good scrub to remove traces of deodorant.
- Shave/Wax no closer than two days prior. You can of course shave your legs on the day of the wedding post-tan but do this with the understanding that shaving does remove skin cells as well as hair.
- On the spray tan day, shower before your appointment, remove any traces of deodorant for best results - it's amazing how far the build up goes.
- Remove jewellery and well moisturise around your cuticles on your fingers and toes.
- Bring loose, dark clothing to wear after your tan. No bra or tight fitting items as this will disturb the product on the skin while its developing over the next 12 hours.
- If it is hot, wear loose lightweight clothes and crank up that air conditioning - if it is raining please have a large umbrella in case you need to get to a car and bring clothes that will cover your skin.
- Shower after min 4 hours (even though I use 2 hour rapid hour tans) gently and without soaps etc. The next day you can use a gentle cleanser over the body. Load up with lots of moisturiser after.
- Prevent your spray tan from fading by resisting the need to shave legs daily, avoid spa pools, hot showers, swimming pools with chlorine.
- Do not try to scrub your tan off too early. If you want you can use a flannel to help remove any built up tan in areas.
- Be kind to your skin and nourish it, your skin will let you know when it's ready for a scrub again.
Although this is no longer a service I provide, I have been Spray Tanning Brides and tan-lovers for 15 years!