The weather this summer has been a little hit and miss, although this weekend has been rather fabulous! If you are desiring a sunkissed glow on your wedding day, and don't want to risk looking a little pink, then I've found a sunless tanner that I think you'll be interested in.
When planning makeup and hair for your big day, the tan is also now becoming a major factor in getting the look perfect. For many years a fake tan was deemed a no go for brides. Nobody wanted to look like they'd been tangoed as they walked down the aisle! Who would want to look back at the wedding photos and see an obvious deep spray tanned look. Nowadays there are finishes on the skin that will compliment the wedding look, and it is now considered a must have for many of my brides.
If you are going to do it yourself rather than having a salon spray tan, then I've a few tips for you to get the best natural sunless tan you can.
The Tan prep
Prepping is crucial for the ultimate tanning finish. Waxing or shaving should be completed 24 hours before to enable the pores to close. If you're worried about open pores on the face apply an ice cold flannel to the face for a few minutes first. A must do tip is to free the skin of any older self tan and the remnants of any oil based products. A hot soak and exfoliation is ideal, then avoid any body moisturiser to keep the skin like a clear canvas, so that the tan can cling evenly. Always clean your teeth before self tanning to avoid water or toothpaste reacting with tan at the side of the mouth. Remember you don't want your tan wet for at least eight hours.
Norvell Sunless Tanning Mousse really is super easy to apply at home for that sun kissed glow and can be applied in minutes. It is a mousse so you can easily decide where you would like to have a heavier or lighter application. I forgot to get a tanning mitt, and so I applied using a dampened sponge, and actually I found this a great method and won't bother with a tanning mitt going forward. It leaves a warm golden finish on the skin, that looks really natural, and I love that it doesn't streak or go orange. It really is so easy to apply and you can build up to your desired shade, and the colour lasts around 4 days before requiring a reapplication.
Another bonus for me is that it doesn't have that cloying biscuity odour that many self-tanners seem to have. Other points to note: It is cruelty free, and the formula is safe, meaning that it contains NO gluten, GMO, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals and synthetic fragrances.
Preserving your tan
When it comes to keeping the colour looking natural and hydrated, always stick to cool showers and press the skin dry with your towel. Then moisturise generously with Norvell's Post Sunless Hydrofirm Moisturising Spray, which is a lightweight hydrating spray that will keep you glowing naturally.
What I particularly love about Norvell's products is that they are non-comodegenic, 100% vegan, paraben free and gluten free.
Both products are priced at £24.99 and can be purchased from www.norvelltanning.co.uk
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