Due to my gluten allergy, I can’t eat bread and pasta like a good Italian girl should. I recently decided I had to do something to fit in with the rest of my family, to match them in some way. So I got spray tanned.
No, that’s not the real reason I did it. I did it because like many people, I love the look of a tan. But after I had some moles removed and my dermatologist used the term “pre-cancerous,” I figured it would be best to avoid the sun. I love lying out at the beach, but between the cancer connection, wrinkles, and fact that I work seven days a week and don’t have time to go to the beach, a natural tan isn’t an option for me.
Never one to jump into anything, I started talking to my esthetician about spray tans last year. I had her walk me through the spray tan prep, process and maintenance about a dozen times before I finally booked my appointment.
Before my evening appointment, I had done (almost) everything that my esthetician, Bethany, had told me to do. I exfoliated the night before and didn’t put on any lotions or perfumes that day. I removed my makeup right before the appointment and used a baby wipe to take my deodorant off (you’re not supposed to have any on because it can make the spray tan apply weirdly, but I couldn’t go without all day).
I changed into an old bikini once I got into the room and stepped into the spray tan tent. Bethany took out her airbrush machine and warned me that the spray would feel a little cold. It did, but it wasn’t unbearable. The whole process took around 15 minutes. I then changed into my loose, dark colored clothing and went home.
Afterwards I was pretty dark, but not orange or streaky. There was a slight fake tan smell, but nothing overpowering. I couldn’t shower, wash my hands, sweat, or basically go near water for the rest of the night, but Bethany had told me what to expect so I knew not to work out or make any plans.
The next morning, I showered and rinsed off until the water went clear. And my tan looked AWESOME. It made my skin look so good that I willingly went to a makeup job with no face makeup on. And oh, the makeup options tanned skin brings! The gold eyeshadow that usually does nothing for me looked gorgeous and red lips on a tanned face are a totally different experience.
The spray tan only lasted about five days, but I also went with the lightest shade (I’ll go darker next time). I absolutely loved it and wish Bethany could spray tan me every couple of days.
Some things I’ll do differently next time:
- I’ll exfoliate my feet better. Every time I use any type of tanner, it gets all patchy on my feet. Drives me nuts.
- I’ll make sure to wear looser, dark clothing after the application. I had a loose t-shirt on, but my black yoga pants were a little too fitted to wear right after the appointment, so they made faint lines where the seams are.
- I’ll be better about moisturizing after each shower. Bethany really stressed this rule, which I followed for the first few days. Then I got lazy. My tan probably would have faded more uniformly had I heeded her advice.
I’ll definitely, definitely do it again. I can see myself getting addicted to spray tans and am thinking I might make another appointment right now…
Have a beautiful day 🙂