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Tanning Before Your Wedding

Exposure to sun is a good news-bad news proposition. The good news is that it’s the best source of vitamin D and gives you a healthy glow. The bad news is that too much sun dries out your skin, creates unsightly sunburn, and causes skin cancer. Yet, we tend to equate being tan with being healthy and want to look healthy as we walk down the aisle (plus, a white or ivory wedding dress looks pretty good offset by a tan). So, if you’re going to do it, here are some things to keep in mind:

* Before you tan, exfoliate your face and body. Use a very gentle exfoliant on your face and something a bit stronger for your body. Pay special attention to your knees, elbows, and feet, which tan darker than less dry parts of your body. Be generous with the sunscreen. The higher the SPF number, the better the protection.

* This is not the time to risk getting sunburned in a tanning bed or to try inexpensive self-tanners that may turn you orange.

* Instead, consider airbrush tanning. An expert can create a natural, “just back from the islands” tan without streaks or spots.
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