If your skin is a whiter shade of pale after having most of it covered up all winter, you don’t want to expose your complexion to the tropical sunshine yet. Invest in some good sunscreens for face and body with an SPF of at least 15, preferably more, and try to get a bit of color before the wedding. Don’t even think of going to a tanning parlor! Lying in those beds is just asking for wrinkles, and even worse, skin cancer. Get a little color gradually and fake the rest.
If you want to look like a tanned, tawny beach babe on your honeymoon, get a deluxe tanning treatment a day or so before the wedding. Don’t try to scrimp by getting the “car wash tan” at the mall—go to a salon that specializes in sunless tanning that will last for a week or more. London salons like Charles Worthington and Bliss can do a realistic, streak-free sunless tanning treatment for prices ranging from £25 to £125. Pick up a small size of the tanning potion to take along for covering spots that fade.
Another issue that you may have been able to ignore, or at least put on the back burner all winter, is waxing. If you want to look your best in a bikini, you’ll need to get a full body wax, because you can’t have bits of fuzz peeking out. In addition to the usual legs and nether regions, have your brows done, too. Urban Retreat in London charges £280 for a full body wax, but the results are worth it!