A perfect Tan for that perfect day
On your big day, you want an all round healthy glow. Taking time to actually get a tan is just not feasible with the constraints of modern living, not to mention the health factor. Sure you can go to a salon to get that spritz of bronze, but those often turn into disaster stories that haunt your wedding album for an eternity. So what is a girl to do? Well to put it simply, you can fake it and you can do it in the comfort of your own home.
First generation self-tan products quickly earned themselves a stigma for only ending in disaster leaving women with an unnatural orange glow that often resulted in nightmares instead of dreams. Their reputations for being a smelly, sticky and often stripy mess were enough to strike fear into any blushing bride to be. But, rest assured, self tanning products have changed drastically over the past few years. The next generation in self tanning offers a solution that is odourless without any worry of streaks and that dreaded carrot look.
Being a fair skinned girl myself, I often indulge in a little quick-fix bronzing. After years of experimenting with different products and countless let downs, I finally found a product that worked. If you
are like me and you like a good quality product that results in less maintenance, then Caribbean Tan is for you. I have been using this for the last year or so and I have never been disappointed. I have yet to experience any accidental streaks.
What makes Caribbean Tan so great is that it does not try to encompass all tanning elements into one bottle like older brands do. There is a range of products which help you become the Greek goddess you envision in your fantasies. The biggest bonus of this product is that you do not have to worry about applying less in troublesome areas like elbows and knees. So to help you accomplish the amazing bronze hue you hope to have on your big day, I have compiled a two week action plan.
Practice Makes Perfect
First off, just like with makeup and hair for your wedding day, you must first test the final look before actually going through with the ultimate step. Test the following process two weeks before you skip down the aisle.
Prepping For The Big Kahuna
Prepping is crucial and key to the success of the end result. Waxing and shaving should be done 24 hours before
to enable pores to close. If you plan on having a facial for the big day, make sure to do this one week before you start your final tanning process so that your facial skin can settle down. The first rule of self tanning is exfoliation. If you want a smooth tan all over then start scrubbing. The Caribbean Tan Exfolia preps your skin for the colouring task ahead. Specially formulated ingredients in this exfoliator stimulate the skin to make the tanning process mesh easier. Focus on rough and hard- toreach areas like elbows, knees and armpits. Blondes and fairheads should always apply Vaseline around the hairline and eyebrows to avoid colour build-up on the edges of the hair follicle.
Depending on your skin type you will either go for A which is for fair skin, B for medium skin that tans gradually or C for dark skin that tans easily. You have a choice between instant tan and gradual tan for each skin type. I highly recommend using the gradual option for beginners so you can see changes in colour incrementally over a few days as opposed to the final result once off. Don’t be too eager to get the desired effect immediately. Gradual offers you the control of shading until you find the perfect hue. Once you have established whether you are A, B or C and have decided on how fast you want your tan to develop, you have the option of either tan in a can, a spritzer or a mousse. I recommend the tan in a can for that professional salon look.
Bear in mind that self tan and painting have pretty much the same rules. Gently wipe
the product in long vertical movements. Avoid circular rubbing. Start with your legs and feet. Gently spray the product onto your legs and work downwards towards your feet in thorough vertical motions. When focusing on the feet and ankles, use a large bronzing makeup brush to sweep the difficult areas on your feet and ankles. The painting action helps to smooth out any possible mistakes and avoids colour clinging.
When your legs and feet are covered, move up towards the upper half of your body, bearing in mind to wipe in between folds. If you cannot reach your back, ask someone to assist you. You might get smears on your back if you aimlessly rub and miss spots where you cannot reach. Pay special attention to the sections under your arms. These are often overlooked. Once you have finished with the tan in a can, repeat two days after and once again two days after that if you desire a darker look.
Make sure not to dive into the tub or pool for at least 6 hours after application. After applying the first coat, be sure to moisturize with the Caribbean Tan x-tender body butter daily, to lock in the colour and moisture. Use the Caribbean Tan wipes to add colour to areas that are fading or are uneven. To maintain your tan try to stick to cool showers and when drying yourself off, focus on dabbing your skin with the towel instead of rubbing.
If you use any other moisturiser, make sure that it is oil free. Try not to stay in the pool or ocean for too long since your tan will start to dissolve. Finally apply the Caribbean Tan shimmer cream before a big night out and most definitely on the big day. It will just add that final sparkle to your day.
Retail Products – prices from: Tan in a Can - Instant/Gradual colour - R84.95 Tanning Spritzer - Instant colour - R84.95 Tanning Mousse - Gradual colour - R84.95 Tinted Moisturiser - R64.95 Wipes - R44.95 Pre-Tan Products Body Exfolia - R44.95 Tan Extender Products Moisturising Shimmer Cream - R44.95 Intense Body Butter - R44.95 We give this product a