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Bridal Tanning Dos And Don’ts!

Updated: Jul 13, 2023

Achieving a natural and healthy-looking tan for your wedding day is possible, but it's super imporatnt to take certain precautions to avoid any potential mishaps or skin damage. Here are some dos and don'ts for bridal tanning.


Do a trial run:

If you plan to use a tanning method you haven't tried before, it's essential to do a trial run well in advance of your wedding day. This allows you to see how the tan develops and whether it matches your desired shade.If possible wear it to your dress fitting to be sure the color is just right. If you plan to do a self tanner I would give it at least 2 days before the fitting. Im currently using Tan -Luxe The Water its a hydrating self tan water

Do exfoliate:

Before applying any self-tanner or getting a spray tan, exfoliate your skin to remove dead cells and create a smooth surface. This helps the tan go on more evenly and last longer. One of the best exfoliators to use is a body brush combined with AmLactin 12% Lactic acid moisturizing lotion for rough dry skin this will boost healthy skin through gentle exfoliation. if you have never used a body brush I encourage you to try it out its also very good for lymphatic drainage.

Do moisturize:

Keep your skin well-moisturized in the days leading up to your wedding. Hydrated skin holds a tan better and appears more radiant.Here are 2 of my favorites: LaRoche-Posay Eczema Prone Skin I don't have eczema but I love how it keeps my skin super hydrated I use Good Molecules B5Hydrating Body Serum under the LaRoche-Posay you can use alone or together based on your skin care needs.

Do choose the right method:

Consider different tanning methods such as spray tanning, self-tanning lotions, or gradual tanning moisturizers. Choose the method that suits your preferences and skin type best.

Do apply sunscreen:

If you're spending time outdoors during your wedding day, ensure you apply sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Even if you have a tan, you still need sun protection.


Don't overdo it:

Avoid going for a deep, dark tan that looks unnatural or too dramatic. Aim for a subtle and natural-looking glow that enhances your complexion without overpowering it.

Don't tan too close to the wedding day:

Give yourself ample time to apply the tan and let it settle before your wedding day. Tans typically develop over a few hours or days, so plan accordingly.

Don't forget about your dress:

If you opt for a spray tan, be mindful of the color transfer that may occur. Avoid tight-fitting or light-colored dresses until after you've showered off the excess tan.

Don't tan in a tanning bed:

Tanning beds can increase the risk of skin damage and are not recommended. Opt for safer alternatives like spray tanning or self-tanning lotions.

Don't skip a patch test:

If you're trying a new tanning product, always perform a patch test on a small area of skin before applying it all over your body. This helps you check for any potential allergic reactions or undesirable effects.

Remember, it's crucial to consult with a professional if you're unsure about any aspect of bridal tanning. They can guide you based on your specific skin type and requirements to ensure you achieve a beautiful and safe tan for your special day.

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