Spray Tan Basics
I miss summer! I think I suffer from season depression disorder (and its only November).
You know what would make me feel better? A healthy glow! No, I dont want to be one of
those tanning booth tanorexics. Those days went out for me in college when, after a
steady month of tanning booth visits, a really cute football player told me I was
starting to look like an oompa loompa.
I decided to try the new wave, the professional spray tan! I just didnt want a Ross
from Friends situation (he forgets to turn around and ends up looking like an oompa
loompa too.) I did end up having such a positive experience I want to share with you
some tips to ensure you end up with a beautiful healthy glow.
First step, find a reputable shop. Word of mouth is always a good idea, if you know
of no one who has done the spray tan check out www.mystictan.com for a location near
you. Mystic Tan is very reputable, I would consider them the leader in spray tan technology.
After you have found your salon book an appointment. If you are tanning for a specific
event then I suggest a trial run maybe two weeks before the event. If you are pleased
with the results then book another appointment about 3 or 4 days before the actual event.
This will allow the color to "settle in".
On the day of your appointment shower and exfoliate. Use a loofah and shower gel OR
try a body scrub. This will ensure an even application.
At the salon you will probably be given an instructional video to watch but just in
case, check out the online video at Mystictan.com. The video explains the whole
procedure and what you need to do. Some important steps the video will review:
hold your breath when the spray is going off (for about 14 seconds and its very challenging),
when spray stops turn around and more importantly where to apply the lotion to block
the spray (feet and hands). The reason you block the spray from these areas is that
due to the excess wrinkles and creases the spray will settle around those areas and
cause tell-tale white veiny looking areas in the creases. You will be screaming
"Spray Tan". In fact, next time I go I will be more thorough with the cream, I had
some of those white creases.
When you leave the spray booth you will be given towels to wipe down and remove any
excess spray. Make sure you wipe not blot. This is also important so that you do not
ruin your clothes, though I would not wear anything too nice anyway. You wont see any
color at first, it takes a couple of hours to emerge. The color lasts 4-7 days and
to stretch it as far as it can go moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
I cant tell you the boost it gives me to have a bit of a tan in the cold days of fall
and winter without the worry of cancer. Dont get me wrong this is not a weekly pick
me up. This is a special treat I will do when Im really down in the dumps or if I
have a special event. The treatment is pricey $30 - $40 a visit. Many places offer
package deals but still they are not cheap. I purchased a package of 3 for $75 and
plan to stretch it out over a long New England winter.
Valerie McDermott is mother of 2 and co-founder of
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