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DIY Tan for your big Day – Tips from the experts at Karora Tan

Posted on: February 11, 2011

We all know that getting married is a costly business and the wedding budget is a thorn in the side of most blushing brides to be. If you have poured over your budget on numerous occasions you might have thought about doing your own tan to save some of your hard-earned cash. Previously I would have said “down with that sort of thing”, your wedding day is not for experimenting or taking chances but I recently discovered a new faux tan that has changed my opinion. KARORA is a new eco chic tan that has been taking the beauty industry by storm.  I was instantly impressed with this tan, it was so natural, I really did look like I had just come back from Marbella – if only!

First impressions of Karora was the smell. It smells like sunbed cream, I LOVE this smell and smell is a very important factor on your wedding day believe it or not. I’m always a little wary trying out new tans so I applied this very sparingly and a little really does go a long way. Application was easy enough, just spray on a mitt and rub on to skin using a circular motion. There is a guide colour. I was immediately impressed with how quickly it dried and the fact that it was not sticky at all. I could easily have put my clothes back on 10 minutes after applying, if even! My light application gave me a perfect sun kissed glow. It lasted a good 9-10 days without me moisturising every day and faded really well with no streaks so this would be great for the first week of your honeymoon while you are waiting on your real tan to take shape.

Applying your own fake tan can give you a headache at the best of times so the experts at Karora Cosmetics have provided this fool-proof 6 step guide to getting the perfect fake tan for your big day:

1. Always wax or shave 24 hours before tanning – this gives pores a chance to close and skin time to settle before tan is applied;

2. It is also important to exfoliate  at least 12 hours before tanning, this removes dead skin cells and any unwanted remnants of previous self-tan.  If you have sensitive skin try  KARORA Smooth Operator Micro Peel rrp €14.99 – a grain free and pain-free exfoliator that effectively removes dead skin cells without harsh scrubbing;

3. Only lightly moisturise the hands, feet, elbows, knees and any dry areas on the body.  Most  moisturisers tend to act as barriers and don’t allow the DHA in self tans to develop properly.  With the KARORA botanical tanning range it is not necessary to moisturise as it already contains one of nature’s super natural moisturisers – argan oil – which is rapidly absorbed into the skin helping the golden colour to last longer;

4. When applying your self-tan, map out the body in stages so you don’t miss bits.  Slowly work from the top of the body down to your feet.  To avoid clogging pores on your face  – a good tip is to run cold water over the face to ensure pores are closed and then pat dry.

5. To achieve a light tan wash product off after 4-5 hours or leave on for 8-10 hours for a richer colour (usually Karen spray tans her VIP clients the evening before an event);

6. Moisturise daily to prolong the life of your tan.   To top up your tan try KARORA Gradual Bronzing Moisturiser with SPF15 rrp€19.99 on the face and body – gives a colour boost and skin protecting glow;KARORA’s botanical tanning products are priced from €14.99-€24.99.

KARORA’s botanical bronzing in-salon treatment available from select salons nationwide and KARORA products available from pharmacies nationwide.  Shop online at W: or call 01-9022333 for stockist enquiries.


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