How A Spray Tan Gave Me Confidence On My Wedding Day…

This month I wanted to share something a little bit different. I had the privilege of spray tanning Jane for her Wedding back in July. When I asked her if I could share her story with you, her response had me in tears. Her story is honest, courageous and inspirational…

What made you try a spray tan for your wedding?

I am naturally quite pale, which normally doesn’t concern me, but there were two main reasons for wanting a spray tan for my wedding. The first reason was that I was worried that my pale complexion would look ‘washed out’ against a long ivory coloured dress. Not only my complexion, but I was also worried that my white décolleté and arms would look rather pasty! The second reason for wanting a spray tan is that I had just finished 1 year’s treatment for breast cancer, which included chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy.  This obviously took its toll on my body, and my family have watched me – amongst other things – lose my hair, lose my breast, become bloated through steroids and develop skin reactions.  Some of our wedding guests hadn’t seen me since the beginning of my treatment, and so for these reasons and to help boost my inner confidence, I wanted to look healthy and radiant on my wedding day! Over the years, I had dabbled with trying various over the counter self-tanning products and they always left me blotchy and with stained clothes, so I knew it had to be my first ever spray tan or nothing for my wedding!

What were your thoughts prior to having your spray tan?

I was quite anxious about it, to be honest. I wanted a subtle colour, not too dark or orange. I didn’t know anyone who had had a spray tan and could recommend someone, so it was only 6 weeks or so before my wedding day and I still hadn’t done anything about it! I think Nina must have been listening, as I saw her Post on Facebook – she was local and I liked the photos showing natural looking tans, so I took the leap and contacted her. She sounded lovely and as a bonus she made home visits, which was perfect compared to having to leave home without make up and running the gauntlet of potentially bumping into someone I knew not fully ‘made up’! I was also reassured by her suggestion that we have a trial run a few weeks before the wedding so that I would know which day the colour suited me most and of course getting used to the new shade!  She also advised about the pre tanning and post tanning routine for me to follow. By the time the trial date arrived, I was both excited and a little nervous. Nina talked me through everything and took her time answering my questions. We decided I should have the lightest shade 6%, of course, I worried about standing in front of her naked (minus a pair of panties) and boob-less! She couldn’t have been kinder with me though and put me totally at ease and ready for my first ever spray tan at 54!

How did you feel after your initial tan fitting?

I felt great! I could see the colour change immediately and couldn’t resist looking in the mirror constantly. Nina explained that some residual colour may come off overnight so suggested laying on a towel. As instructed, I showered in the morning. Nina had given me a little goodie pack which included a gentle body wash and which lasted two showers. She also advised how to keep the tan as long as possible by moisturising regularly. The colour was gorgeous and so natural. No orange in sight!

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Which day did you like the colour the best?

Nina had advised me to take photos each day to help me decide which day I preferred the colour, which was an excellent suggestion. I decided I preferred my colour on Day 3. This was because, as I mentioned earlier, I didn’t want to look obviously tanned on my special day, just ‘glowing’!

How did your tan make you feel on your wedding day?

Having my tan made me feel so happy and confident! It actually exceeded my expectations in every way and when I put my wedding dress I had ‘a moment’ and from then on I couldn’t stop smiling all day. No one realised I had had a spray tan, everyone just said how healthy and radiant I looked.

What advice would you give to other brides who might be thinking of having a spray tan?

I would say go for it! Do your research and think about the kind of look and shade you want to achieve on your special day. Follow Nina’s advice and have a trial spray tan a few weeks before your wedding to give you the time to decide what shade is right for you and which day you prefer your colour. I didn’t give myself enough time, but I would also suggest trying on your wedding dress when you have had your trial spray tan to help decide which day works best for you.

A huge thank you to Jane for allowing me to share her story. If you would like any information about a Bridal Spray Tan, please feel free to get in touch via my Facebook page.

Love, Nina x

5 Things I Want You To Know About Spray Tanning…

5-things-i-want-you-to-know-about-spray-tanning-3People often ask me why I love spray tanning so much and my answer is always the same; It’s not just about making you look good, it’s about making you feel good too! Spray tanning is so much more than just a solution being applied to your skin, it’s a mindset game changer! In a survey carried out by Sienna X last year, 90% of women said they felt more confident just by having a spray tan… 90%, that’s amazing don’t you think? So, whether you are completely new to spray tanning or have had a few in the past, here are a few really important things I want you to know…

I’m Not Judging Your Body…

I appreciate the thought of getting semi naked in front of a complete stranger and then being sprayed with a solution that isn’t exactly warm, can fill you with dread. However, hand on heart, I only see a blank canvas that I can paint! It really is as simple as that, please don’t apologise to me for your body, you are beautiful just the way you are!

Tell Me Your Story…

I’m a complete people person, therefore I love to hear about you! When you come to me for a spray tan, I carry out an in-depth consultation because it’s important I get as much information about you as possible. Is your tan for a special occasion? Have you had spray tans previously? Do you use self- tan products at home? How well do you tan naturally? This all helps me to create the perfect tan for you.

Preparation Is Key…

For the best results, there are a few things that you’ll need to do before your spray tan. You will need to wax or shave at least 24 hours before your treatment. If you are choosing to be waxed, please ensure all residue is removed and exfoliated away so it doesn’t block the tan. If you are shaving, then open pores will need time to close, as the guide colour can sit in them. You will also need to exfoliate fully, paying particular attention dryer areas, such as knees, elbows and ankles.

Avoid Moisturiser Before… (No Matter What You May Of Heard)

It’s important to be completely free of moisturiser, make up and deodorant prior to your spray tan. These products can create a barrier on the skin and will affect the tan’s application. I do apply a small amount of barrier cream to elbows, hands, knees and ankles to avoid the tan being to heavily absorbed in these areas, but other than that, be completely au naturel!

I Promise, You Won’t Go Orange…

There is a real misconception around this, there are only two reasons that make a spray tan or a self tan look orange and they are; the tanning solution is to dark for that person’s skin tone and the second is the application of the tan has been applied to heavily. I am proud to work with the market leaders within the tanning industry; Sienna X. Their tanning solutions allow me to choose from five different shades and give my clients a natural, flawless and bespoke tan every time.

If you have any questions, I would love for you to get in touch. You can leave a comment below or pop over to my Facebook page. In the meantime, enjoy being the beautiful you!

Love, Nina x