I used a moisturizing sugar scrub after I shaved and then followed with a super moisturizing lotion after my shower!

I used a moisturizing sugar scrub after I shaved and then followed with a super moisturizing lotion after my shower!

Hey!! It’s me again! Your local wedding and photog expert! I’m so excited to share this weeks edition of my wedding planning blog with you guys, because I learned a TON!

I sat down with Valerie, the owner of Vixyn Glow and learned about all things spray tans and basically how to avoid looking like and Oompa Loompa on your wedding day and be the glorious golden goddess you were meant to be!

The first and most important step is to prep!

On they day of, you want to make sure you wear something loose fitting. No tight bras, leggings, socks, etc! You might also mention a few things to your air brush artist before your session such as skin type, skin concerns, ect. Also a good and reputable tanner will fully licensed and insured according to state and local laws. If you are worried about modesty, be sure to ask about disposable bras and underwear for your session! Be on the look out for general cleanliness and sanitation procedures. The tent does tend to get stained after use, but the other equipment should be clean and in good working condition.

Jillian’s favorite tanning romper!

Jillian’s favorite tanning romper!

I would also suggest that you do a trial spray at least one month out to test out your color options and how well your skin holds the tan. Your tan will look best 2-3 days after your appointment!

A few more tips and tricks that Val sent me for the big day!

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My biggest take aways from the day were:

  • MOISTURIZER IS EVERYTHING, if you are unsure of what to use, let Valerie know! She has some amazing products that can really help extend the life of your tan!

  • Communicate with your tanner - Everything from deodorant (which turns green when you spray it) to your medications can create a disastrous result if not communicated properly.

With both mine and Jillian’s tans, we used an instant bronzer.

With both mine and Jillian’s tans, we used an instant bronzer.

  • Your tan looks best 2-3 days after your appointment.

  • If you can’t get into for a trial run, then make sure to get a clear solution vs a bronzing solution. Don’t be like me and wait until the day of my wedding, get a bronzing tan, and then ruin my wedding dress. The bronzing solution does not affect the tan in the long run, it just provides you an instant tan.

  • Don’t be afraid to tan your face. These past 10 days have been amazing and I haven’t had to wear hardly any makeup. Buttttt I’d definitely do the trial run, if we would have done this for my wedding I don’t think I would have been that brave.

  • Seatbelts… or just avoid messing up your tan or getting bronzer all over your car and just DM Vixyn Glow and Valerie will come to you!

Air Brush Tan vs. Booth Spray Tan - What I learned and why I recommend using a professional spray tan artist.

  • Cleanliness - So most self tanning booths are set to clean automatically after each use, but you’re also hoping and praying that a real live human is wiping them down in between each use as well. DHA (the main ingredient in sunless tanners) has a high sugar content which if not properly maintained/cleaned can grow all kinds of yummy things that would love to come live on your skin.

  • Customization - Go to youtube and look up the Friends episode where Ross gets a spray tan…. enough said. Not only is a Valerie going to make sure she covers all of your body equally, she will also customize a tanning solution to fit your skin.

A few of the products Valerie at Vixyn Glow keeps in stock to keep your tan looking amazing all the way through the honeymoon!

A few of the products Valerie at Vixyn Glow keeps in stock to keep your tan looking amazing all the way through the honeymoon!

Our amazing volunteer/model Jillian mid spray tan.

Our amazing volunteer/model Jillian mid spray tan.

The last two things…. and probably my favorite two things! (see you get amazing rewards if you read my whole blog)

  1. They have additives they can add to your solution! Worried about cellulite, supper stressed about your big day… then just have Val at Vixyn Glow add in some cellulite reducing and CBD oil additives to your blend! Problem solved!

  2. She offers amazing deals for brides so make sure to ask her about how to get your wedding day tan for FREE!

  3. Ok wait… I lied. My other favorite part is that hopefully after reading this you now know everything you need to know about not looking like an Oompa Loompa on your wedding day! (Don’t make your photographer cry and go follow Vixyn Glow on Instagram already for all her tips, tricks, and specials)

Thanks for hanging out! Be sure to keep scrolling for some fun behind the scenes shots from our tanning day!

xoxo-

Ashley

Photo of the tent, spray gun, and mess free ventilation system!

Photo of the tent, spray gun, and mess free ventilation system!

Me getting ready to take my turn in the booth!

Me getting ready to take my turn in the booth!

After care instructions!

After care instructions!

Check out this cute little flyer I might have stolen from Vixen Glow’s instagram… I agree 100% with all of these after getting my tan!

Check out this cute little flyer I might have stolen from Vixen Glow’s instagram… I agree 100% with all of these after getting my tan!

And another super cute shot of the products Vixyn Glow has on hand to help keep your tan looking amazing!

And another super cute shot of the products Vixyn Glow has on hand to help keep your tan looking amazing!