Are You Being Kind To Yourself?

August Blog Post

I meet women every single day, who before stepping into my tanning tent, say sorry! “Sorry I’ve gained a few extra pounds since I last saw you, sorry about my big boobs, sorry about my stretch marks and my cellulite” 

I completely understand that getting semi naked in front of someone, let alone if it’s the first time we have met, a complete stranger. It can feel like a daunting and vulnerable experience. I remember my first ever spray tan, feeling exactly like many of you do. I was nervous, embarrassed and felt completely out of my comfort zone. I’m sure many of you reading this can resonate with this.

But let me ask you a question, the things you say to yourself about your body, would you say that to your best friend? Would you look your best friend in the eye and mention her big boobs, would you mention her stretch marks or cellulite? For the point of this blog post and because you can’t physically answer me as I type this, I’m going to assume the answer to that question is no. Of course you wouldn’t! We live in a world where we build women up, right? So if the answer is no, why do you feel it’s ok to talk to yourself like that?

Why don’t we build ourselves up? Instead of looking in the mirror thinking about all “the bits” we don’t like, why don’t we think about all the bits we do like? Is it because we are British and can’t take compliments well? Who knows, but hand on heart ladies, all I see when I tan you, is where I can create my magic! For me, there is no better feeling than seeing someone step out of my tent, looking down at their tan line and say wow, that’s amazing! I feel amazing! I love giving you that confidence to wear your new skirt, or helping you feel beach ready!

You are not being judged in any way, you will be made to feel at ease and as comfortable as possible. But most of all I want you to feel the most beautiful version of yourself and own it!

Maybe the next time you aren’t being kind to yourself, replace it with something, no matter how small that you like or even love about yourself!

Until next time, throw kindness around like it’s confetti, but start with yourself first!

Love,

Nina x

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!

Jane Wedding Pics-2

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

How To Look After Your Skin This Winter…

In the Winter months we can often neglect our skin care regime, mainly because we spend most of our time covering it up until the Spring. However, with the change in temperatures, it really is even more important to keep our skin hydrated. Therefore I thought I would share some top tips and some amazing products for keeping your skin happy and healthy this Winter…

After a long day at work, there’s no better treat than a nice long soak in the bath. Try to keep the water on the warmer side, rather than to hot, as to much hot water can dry your skin out.

It’s also really important to remove dead skin cells to, this helps keep skin looking and feeling at its best. I personally love “Body Smooth” by Tropic and would say to use this or a similar product at least once or twice a week.

Another firm favourite of mine is “Body Love” also from Tropic. It smells like Lemon Meringue Pie and just melts into your skin. This moisturiser can be used all over the body and works wonders for enhancing the appearance of skin as well as keeping it hydrated.

Even though the Winter months will make you feel less thirsty, it’s just as important to drink plenty of water. This not only greatly improves the appearance of skin, it also helps reduce fatigue, flush out toxins and improve your mood.

Whenever we head outside, we all naturally wrap up, however one area that is always exposed is our face. Therefore I would always recommend protecting your skin with an SPF Moisturiser, Foundation and Lip Balm. Just because we can’t feel the warmth of the sun, the harmful rays of UVA and UVB are still there.

If you would like to find out more more about Tropic Skincare, then feel free to head over to their website; www.tropicskincare.com where you can discover all of the wonderful products on offer. (I’m not an affiliate for the brand, I just really enjoy using products that work)

I hope you have found this useful and as always, if you have any questions or little gems to share of your own for happier, healthier skin then I would love to hear from you. You can contact me via email; nina@bebeautifulhairandbeauty.co.uk or by popping over to my Facebook page.

Until next time, here’s to an amazing month and taking care of ourselves…x

Love,

Nina x

Photo Credit: Tropic Skincare.