Bronzing Your Bod For The Big Day

posted on 29 January 2013 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Tips & Advice

Bronze Body

The first and last time I used fake tan was the night before flying off on a beach holiday on Bulgaria’s coastline.

Back then I knew little about bronzing other than I had to do something about my seriously white body. I also didn’t realise how long the cream product I chose would take to dry.

Falling into bed way after midnight exhausted, as my vanity fast faded, I relinquished any hope of gorgeous just tanned thighs. I knew the bedding would leave stripes no matter how I lay. It did. I spent my holiday strategically draping sarongs.

These days bronzing products, or fake tans, have come a long way. My sister recently used a spray on product that had me gawping – she looked fantastic – no orange skin, streaks or patches. I genuinely thought she’d spent the weekend lying on a lounger.

They come in gels, sprays, wipes, mousse, lotions and oils, but there are a few ‘secrets’ to getting a gentle summer tan for your wedding:

  • Do your research – find out what is out there, what will work best for your skin, ask questions, chat to friends and beauty therapists; this is a case of trial and error so if you want to look good on the day, you may have to experiment a few months in advance
  • Exfoliate, exfoliate – prepare the canvas before applying the paint
  • Moisturise – make sure your knees, elbows, wrists, ankles, feet and hands are not dry or they ‘grab’ tan; careful with the area around your navel; buff your feet
  • Wear gloves, preferably latex, to protect your hands but put a mitt on top or the finish won’t be streak-free
  • Watch the wrists – tell-tale lines where the palm meets the arm at the wrist give your tan away; after applying to your body, moisturise hands and then work in a small amount to the back of the hands; clean your fingernails
  • Leave time to dry – mousses dry quicker than creams or lotions, sprays even quicker; avoid tight-fitting clothes and don’t get wet for about six hours
  • If the smell of the dihydroxyacetone (DHA) or the fragrance most of these products use to mask the chemical is too much for you, try a bronzing makeup instead that will wash off at the end of the day

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