Why You Should Consider Avoiding Spray Tans for Your Wedding Day

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Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and you want to look your best. Many brides consider getting a fake tan to achieve that sun-kissed glow for their big day. However, while a fake tan may seem like a quick and easy solution, it can actually do more harm than good. Let's explore some of the reasons why you should avoid getting a fake tan before your wedding day.

1. Risk of Discoloration and Streaking

Fake tans can be unpredictable, and there's always a risk of discoloration and streaking. This is especially true if you're getting a spray tan or applying self-tanner for the first time. The last thing you want is to have an uneven tan on your wedding day. It can be difficult for photographers to correct in post-editing and can have a very large impact on your wedding photographs!

2. Uneven Fading

Fake tans don't last forever, and they can start to fade after a few days. When this happens, the tan can start to look patchy and uneven, which can be particularly noticeable on your hands and feet. This is the last thing you want on your wedding day, especially when it will likely be visible in your images! If you do decide to get a fake tan, make sure you schedule it a few days before your wedding, so it has time to settle and any uneven fading can be corrected.

3. Orange Tones

Spray tanning can often result in an unnatural, orange-looking complexion that is bolder in images than they do in person, so you will most likely look more orange than actually tan in your images. While we always try to adjust this in editing when this happens, it can be difficult and is not guaranteed to look as natural and radiant as you should if you skip the spray tan!

4. Risk of Staining Your Dress

Fake tans can also stain your dress, especially if it's a light color. The chemicals in the fake tan can transfer onto the fabric, leaving unsightly marks that can be difficult or even impossible to remove. This is another reason to avoid fake tans before your wedding day, as the last thing you want is to ruin your dress.

5. Allergic Reactions

Fake tans can contain a range of chemicals, including DHA (dihydroxyacetone), which can cause allergic reactions in some people. Symptoms can include itching, rashes, and hives, and they can take days or even weeks to clear up. The last thing you want is to be dealing with an allergic reaction on your wedding day, so it's best to avoid fake tans if you have sensitive skin.

6. We Love the Skin You're In!

Your wedding day is about celebrating your love and commitment to your partner, and it's not a bad idea to let your natural self to shine through! While we are completely here for full glam or natural wedding day looks, we recommend focusing on taking care of your skin in the weeks leading up to your wedding instead of getting the perfect fake tan. This means drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep. You can also use a high-quality moisturizer to keep your skin looking soft and supple.

While a fake tan may seem like a good idea for your wedding day, it's best to avoid it. There are too many risks involved, and you don't want to take any chances with your appearance on your special day. Instead, focus on taking care of you and your skin, so you can look and feel your best on your wedding day. Remember, your wedding day is about celebrating your love, and nothing can take away from that. These are just our recommendations to ensure you have everything you need to make your day flow as smoothly as possible!

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