Tuesday, June 15, 2010

If you can't tone it, TAN IT!

Last year about this time I tried airbrush tanning for the very first time.  I was a Matron of Honor in a wedding where I had to wear a pale yellow dress and I was not prepared.  I have pretty fair skin that can tan, it just takes a while, but I knew I had to do something.  So I went a few times in the tanning beds, which I honestly don't like to do too much because I don't want to look super old before my time, and then got the airbrush.  It was fabulous!  I don't know why I don't do it every week!  It was custom, no streaks, it didn't turn orange and I looked great for the bachelorette party and the wedding day.  Now Bliss also has an airbrush tanning machine and it is great.  Every time I get my tan I forget why I take so long to get it done!  Here are a few reasons I think you all should try airbrush tanning:

1.) Instant results!  The active ingredient in airbrush tanning products is DHA and it is clear.  So when tanning we add a 'guide color' as we call it.  It is for us to see where we have tanned and for the client to see instant results.  This guide color washes off I little bit in your first shower after the tan, but by that point the DHA has attached to your skin and you have the nice even look you were going for. 

2.) No Sun Poisoning! Obviously we all know now, the more time you spend out in the sun unprotected the more likely you will have more trouble with your skin later in life.  Things like age spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer may creep your way.  With airbrush tanning, you don't have to spend a second in the sun and you can look like you just got back from Costa Rica!  Don't get me wrong, I think there can be a healthy dose of vitamin D for your skin, but laying in the sun for hours is definitely out.

3.) Smooth, Natural Looking Tan ~ When you have an airbrush tan there is a technician who applies the tan custom to your body.  This person should be practiced and trained and you will have great results.  There is another form of spray tanning called Mystic Tan where you stand in the both and it sprays you front and back.  This is okay, but since it isn't a person doing it, obviously it leaves a lot of room for error.  How do you get the sides or under your neck.  There are also a lot of self tanner lotions out there on the market.  Some are okay and some are good tan extenders (beware of them turning you orange).  But with applying these you can miss a spot or have hard to reach spots like the middle of your back.  And that might look a little funny, like a finger painting on your back! 

Overall, spray tanning is an awesome way to get out of the sun and still feel fabulous!  I might be a little biased, I mean I am hooked on it!  I feel like I drop ten pounds every time I do it.  Check out a salon near you and try it, comment and let me know if it works for you.

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