Here comes the bride…all spray tanned to perfection!

A strapless dress on Day 6 of a Caribbean Cruise requires an excellent spray tan, a great big floppy hat and exceptional SPF!

Love birds in Costa Maya, Mexico!

Love birds in Costa Maya, Mexico!

I was preparing to marry my best friend and start on a whole new life journey that I never quite expected to begin and yet the only true stress that I felt involved the seemingly impossible task of avoiding tan lines that could ruin the wedding photos at our paradise wedding ceremony.  As a professional esthetician/spray tanning artist and owner of GRACE Skincare Solutions, I am fully aware of the cosmetic and medical risks and dangers that sunbathing inevitably implies…that being said, I do indulge on rare occasion, with carefully applied SPF and a huge floppy hat, especially while on a vacation like say, a Caribbean Cruise!

I must admit, there is something about the occasional nap in the warm, rejuvenating sun that is difficult to resist.  In moderation, with SPF that is properly applied, and consistently RE-applied every 2 hours, especially after a long cold winter, the sun can be a long-lost friend.  Unfortunately, however, most of us fail to realize that the gorgeous tan hue we so admire is simply our skin’s way of warning us that cellular damage is starting to kick in. On a regular basis, spray tanning is simply the best solution to beating the pasty skin blues!

Thank goodness for sarongs and hats!

Thank goodness for sarongs and hats!

Thus my mission…I needed to make my Spray Tan last from Thursday before our trip to our beach wedding the following Friday, and I needed to avoid any potential sun burn or tan lines that would surely ruin our picture perfect beach wedding ceremony!  I packed backups of my favorite titanium dioxide and zinc oxide-based SPF 30 for my body, SPF 18 daily moisturizer for my face and a great big floppy hat!  I also exfoliated my body, shaved my skin closely and had my very favorite Spray Tanning artist spray me with her flawless technique.  Next, I agonized over packing only strapless bikinis and lots of long sleeve cover ups which were nearly impossible to find–I opted for scarves and sarongs to wrap around my shoulders to prevent any uneven and unwanted tan lines or gasp–sunburns!

Success! Governor’s Beach, Grand Cayman

The result was that all of my worrying, stressing and preparing paid off–just as my ever-so-patient husband assured me it would.  My skin stayed silky soft, my spray tan miraculously endured (thanks to avoiding chlorine and only patting dry out of the shower) and I managed to avoid any burning or tanlines!  The gorgeous yet heavy, perhaps even impractical for a beach ceremony, wedding dress that I chose was worth the trouble because our photographs were stunning and are a cherished way to commemorate our special day.  And ultimately, I can spray tan each of my future bride clients with confidence, knowing that I am not only keeping their skin free from damage but I am also ensuring that they too to look stunningly but naturally bronze on their big day!

Heavy dress = great shoulder workout!

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