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Self Tanning: What You Should Know

With everything we now know about the cancerous effects of sun tanning, it can seem like a dangerous risk to get that perfect glow for your wedding photos. Fortunately, science has sprung to the rescue with a host of self tanning products that can help you look healthy and live healthy.

Start with a clean canvas. Scrub down your whole body with an exfoliant to get rid of any dead or dying skin cells. Otherwise, your fake tan will flake off and freak out your bride. Remember to moisturize prior to using tanning gels and lotions to ensure an even application. Kiehl’s Liquid Body Scrub and Cleanser, $12. 1-800-543-4572. http://www.kiehls.com

Use gloves. Because self tanning lotions contain ingredients that alter the pigmentation in your skin, your hands could wind up a completely different color from the rest of your body if you don’t protect them. Use disposable gloves to apply self tanning products to the rest of your body, and save your hands for last. Ansell Vinyl Touch Powder-Free, Latex-Free Disposable Gloves, $6. 1-800-378-4786. http://www.drugstore.com

Test a secret spot first. Use a few inches of skin that you normally keep covered up to test out your self tanning product. This way, you’ll know if the color is really right for you, or if it causes any allergic reactions. Bain de Soleil Streakguarde Tinted Self Tanner Foam, $9. 1-800-378-4786. http://www.drugstore.com

Use a special formula on your face. Self tanning gels add extra moisture and vitamins to your face. Au Courant Sunless Tanning Face Gel, $18. 1-800-378-4786. http://www.drugstore.com

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