For spring and summer weddings, many brides want to have tanned, radiant skin to make them look and feel great. While it used to be that you could only achieve a tan from the sun or a tanning bed, the times have quickly changed. There are a variety of self tanning sprays and lotions available on the market today that allow you to achieve a tanned look without causing any damage to your skin. In fact, self tanning has become so popular, there are literally dozens of products available at almost all retailers.
With so many products to choose from, finding the right one can be difficult. Some self tanners cause your skin to turn an unsightly orange color, some possess cringe worthy smells, and others are water-based and can run onto your dress causing stains. While finding the right self tanner for your wedding day may seem like an impossible feat, there are several self tanning products that stand out against the rest in terms of quality and price. If you are seeking a tan on your wedding day without causing any damage to your skin, consider investing in one of these budget friendly self tanning products.
L’Oreal Sublime Glow $10
This is a gradual self tanning lotion that creates a healthy, natural looking tan over the course of several days. L’Oreal Sublime Glow is enriched with mango butter and Vitamin E, so it also works wonderfully as an everyday moisturizer. The product contains natural skin tone enhancers as well as micro-pearls to build up color on the skin, and is specifically formulated to work on women with fair skin. For only $10, L:’Oreal Sublime Glow is one of the most affordable self tanners to consider using for your wedding. Since the product does take time to create results, start using it about a week before your wedding to achieve maximum results on the big day.
Jergens Natural Glow Firming $5
Jergens Natural Glow was one of the innovating products that brought self tanning to the mainstream, and the line’s Natural Glow Firming takes the original product to an all new level. In addition to a subtle skin darkening complex, Jergens Natural Glow Firming contains ingredients that have been clinically proven to firm and reduce the appearance of cellulite. One of the highlights of this product is that it comes in three separate complexes; one for fair skin, one for medium skin, and one for dark skin. Jergens Natural Glow is a good product if you are seeking a very subtle tan and want to tighten up unwanted cellulite for your honeymoon. Begin using this product a little over one week in advance before your wedding in order to reach the maximum tanning level.
Neutrogena Sun Fresh Foam $9.00
Unlike many self tanners on the market, this product s a foam as opposed to a lotion or a spray. The foam creates an entirely streak -free finish which many self tanning products do not do. Neutrogena Sun Fresh Foam is guaranteed to last all day, so you do not have to worry about it running onto your dress. The product is infused with a slight citrus scent, and contains hydrating ingredients. Like Jergens Natural Glow, Neutrogena Sun Fresh Foam comes in several skin tone variations, making it easy to pick the one that is right for you. Simply apply the foam the morning of your wedding and allow it to dry for five minutes. If you want darker results, apply a second coat once the first is dry.
A Note on Spray Tanners
While spray self tanners are available and can be found at reasonable rates, I do not recommend them. These often have strong odors and are difficult to apply without streaking, making your tan look obviously fake. Professional spray tanning can be done at a tanning salon fairly inexpensively, and will ensure an even tan with no streaks and no smell. At the Beach tanning salons offer spray tan services at competitive rates that will fit into most tight budgets. These tans also last up to one week without fading or running, making them an idyllic way to treat yourself before the honeymoon.