Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, so of course you’re going to want to look your best. If you’re thinking of getting a bridal airbrush tan to give your skin a sun-kissed glow for your big day, here are a few things you should know to ensure that the process goes smoothly and you’re satisfied with the results.
First, you’ll have to prep your skin for the tan. This means lightly exfoliating the day before you go to the tanning salon. This means you should scrub the skin with a combination of sugar, salt and a skin-friendly oil like jojoba or olive to slough dead skin cells from your arms, legs, back and shoulders before the spray tan is applied. Be very careful if using an oil based scrub, however, to be sure to remove all residual oils. Any film left on the skin can create a barrier and cause an uneven tan. If you need to shave your legs before getting an airbrush tan, do this the day before the appointment. Do not use any oily products when shaving. Shaving prior also exfoliates the skin and gives you an even tan.
You should also be at a tanning facility that allows air to escape and flow through the tanning room easily. You don’t want to be trapped in a room where the chemicals of the spray tan accumulate, since this could lead to skin irritation and breathing difficulties. Make sure there are windows or vents in the room, and always as your tanning specialist to give you nose and eye guards before your tanning session begins.
If you’re wearing a summer wedding dress and want to make sure that the tan on your arms is as even as the tan on your arms and legs, it may be best to go in a tanning booth instead of having a technician spray the tan onto your skin. This will allow the tan to be applied to your skin evenly; if you have a technician do the job, certain parts of the tan could streak. Before you go into the booth, apply a little lotion in between your fingers and toes, at the bottom of your feet, and on your elbows, knees and palms. If you see dripping after the tan has been sprayed, blot it gently, but don’t wipe the product off completely. You can also avoid tanning your soles by standing on a towel while the tan is being sprayed on your body, and stepping on another towel when you’re coming out of the tanning booth. If you choose to have the airbrush tan applied by a professional, check for spots and streaks before leaving the salon so they can be fixed right away.
Don’t wear expensive undergarments to your tanning appointment. You can opt for the paper thongs that are often provided, or you can wear cotton thongs that you don’t mind possibly ruining. After your tan, you should go without a bra for a few hours to make sure the tan is properly set, and you should give yourself about 20 minutes to ensure that your skin is completely dry. Wear loose-fitting dark clothing when you’re leaving the salon to keep the tan from smearing or staining your clothing.