Achieve the perfect tan for your big day

Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life, so ensuring you look and feel your best is an absolute must!

To tan or not to tan is probably one of the most important decisions you need to make as a bride-to-be… a white or ivory gown will only highlight a pale complexion but nobody wants to end up with orange, patchy or streaky skin, or worse, a stained dress on the big day! 

So, how do you achieve that stunning natural glow to perfectly complement your gorgeous gown?

We've put together our top tanning tips to ensure you achieve that perfect flawless and completely natural finished look that will get you noticed for all the right reasons...

Xen-Tan Wedding Self-Tan Tip 1: Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!

We cannot emphasise this enough!

To get the best results on the day, prepare your skin by exfoliating twice a week. Start at least a few months before the big day to get rid of all the dead skin cells on the surface leaving you with a soft, glowing even surface to apply your tan to. Your tan will last longer and fade more evenly this way too. Focus on areas that are prone to dry skin such as elbows, knees and ankles. Xen-Tan’s Body Scrub is oil free so won’t prevent the tan from soaking in and is gentle enough to use before, during and after tanning to refresh skin and boost colour.

Xen-Tan Wedding Self-Tan Tip 2: Shave or wax at least 24 hours before tanning

Make sure you shave or wax at least 24 hours before that final self-tan application. Shaving or waxing after application can strip thecolour and completely ruin your finished look.

Xen-Tan Wedding Self-Tan Tip 3: Moisturise

Moisturising your skin both before and after applying your self-tan is essential too, but it’s important to use the right type of moisturiser. Use a light, oil-free moisturiser (such as Xen-Tan Scent Secure) morning and night to prolong the colour. Remember to pay extra attention to those tricky areas – elbows, knees, ankles, feet and hands.

Xen-tan Wedding Self-Tan Tip 4: Have a practice run

Make sure you’re 100% happy with the colour and end result of your chosen self-tan by practising at least a few weeks before your wedding day. There are lots of different options available so make sure you’ve chosen the best one for you and that you feel confident applying it. Xen-Tan offer great value miniatures of most of their range which provide one full body application so you don’t have to commit to a full size tan until you’re certain. Follow our handy application tips for best results and remember, just take it easy and use a little at a time and you’ll soon get the hang of it.

Xen-Tan Wedding Self-Tan Tip 5: Use a mitt

You don’t want any giveaway signs when you’re showing off your ring to family and friends, so we strongly recommend using a mitt to apply your self-tan. As well as protecting your hands, mitts give a smooth and even application. The Xen-Tan Luxury Tanning Mitt is ideal and speeds up application time too.

Xen-Tan Wedding Self-Tan Tip 6: Don’t neglect the rest of your bridal party!

You don’t want to stand out as being overly brown in the wedding photos, so think about tanning your bridesmaids (and even the groom) too! More importantly make sure they all use the same quality of self-tan as you – you don’t want them to stand out on the photos for all the wrong reasons either!

Xen-Tan Wedding Self-Tan Tip 7: Skip perfume and deodorants when you’re tanning

Skip perfume, make-up and deodorant on the day you’re applying your tan. These can act as barriers between your skin and the tanning product leading to discolouration. There’s no real way of telling which products will affect your tan and which ones won’t so best not to take any chances when it’s such an important occasion.

Xen-Tan Wedding Self-Tan Tip 8: Maintain your tan with a gradual tanner

To ensure your gorgeous glow lasts well in to your honeymoon don’t scrimp on the aftercare. Moisturise daily and use a light exfoliator like Xen-Tan’s Body Scrub a few days after tanning to help your tan fade naturally and evenly. Use a gradual tanner such as Xen-Tan Transform Luxe once a week in place of your moisturiser to give your colour a boost and make your tan last even longer.

If you still feel nervous about achieving the perfect colour for the big day by yourself, why not opt for a professional spray tan instead? Most of the tips above still apply, but by opting to visit a professional spray tan technician, you can simply relax and admire your gorgeous natural colour.

With skin-nourishing ingredients, a Xen-Tan spray tan will give your skin a natural, sun-kissed glow in minutes. Use our stockist locator to find details of your nearest Xen-Tan Salon.

22 Jan 2020 - 12:21 pm

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