So this is it…spray tan day for me!
Before my Tan
I walked into Bronzatura fresh out of the shower, and as usual Monday mornings, Alexis greeted me with her smile at the front desk. She had me fill out a client form as I waited for her to check me into the computer. After, she took a look at my leg, which she explained is normally the palest part of our bodies, to help us determine which color shade of tan I would want. Based on my desired shade and her suggestion of what would compliment my skin best, we decided to go with 1/2 light 1/2 medium.
Then she walked me through a familiar hallway to one of the six private rooms in the back where clients are spray tanned. Alexis explained to me that she would leave the room so that I could comfortably undress and prepare my skin to be fully airbrush tan-ready.
She told me about the spray bottle in the room that contains a pH spray and how to administer it to my skin. This spray is designed to a) help hold the tan longer, b) balance the pH level of the skin, and c) counteract any substance that may have been left behind on the skin that could potentially block color. Next, she explained that the DHA barrier cream was to be applied on the bottoms of my feet and hands to block the spray and keep the color from staining these areas. She also informed me about usage of the safety kit in the room which contains eye safety goggles and a little box of Vaseline along with application sticks. The Vaseline is available to clients, so they can apply some of it to their lips and inside their nostrils to protect them from ingesting any DHA (although there are debates on whether or not DHA should be or is safe to be ingested, we at Bronzatura Airbrush Studio pride ourselves on being a healthy alternative to tanning. So if there is even a “one-in-a-million” chance that breathing in any DHA is harmful, we want our clients to have things here to maintain and protect their health and skin while getting the spray tan of their dreams. The use of these safeguards is not required by Bronzatura, and typically is not offered at other salons with spray tanning services, but again the safety of our clients is very important to us.) Next, I got changed (and for quick a side note to all people who are to get a spray tan anywhere, the mandatory minimum required by law is that you at least have on bottoms. Anything else is completely up to the guest’s comfort level). I put on a hair net and the Vaseline. Then I rubbed the DHA Barrier Cream on the bottoms of my feet and I was ready for my spray tan.
Proper after care
After a few minutes Alexis knocked on the door to see if I was ready. When she came in, she attached the spraying gun to the hose on the wall of the room and explained to me how to stand (to spread my feet and legs apart, keep my arms up and apart and to not touch the walls or anything on my body). Before I knew it, I was turning in a few simple poses getting sprayed in my color of choice! I couldn’t wait to see the results! Alexis sprayed on two coats of color and before I knew it, I was a bronzed bombshell. Before Alexis left the room, she set a timer and I was to dry my tan accordingly with the blow dryer until it buzzed. Then, I put on the loose clothes I had, to protect my tan from any streaking. I still felt kind of sticky, as Alexis had informed me would likely be the case, so it is very important to be sure that your clothes are loose (and dark, so that your tan’s cosmetic coating doesn’t rub off and cause any streaking!).
Just in the few seconds it took to walk from the room out to the front desk and guest waiting area, my tan darkened and intensified. This is because of the cosmetic coating, which will wash off during your first shower, 8 hours after receiving your tan. Alexis talked to me more about the cosmetic layer, and promised that once I washed off the color coating, a natural, golden glow would be revealed. Alexis also reminded me to not shower until 6-8 hours had gone by. She informed me that for the next few days when showering, to only use my hands as opposed to a loofah, rag, or sponge and warned me not to exfoliate. She also suggested I be cautious of which brands I used as far as body washes and soaps went (Victoria’s Secret, Dove, Bath & Body Works and bar soap are no-gos). I decided that I wanted to
preserve my color and purchase a product that was made for complementing and boosting my tan, as well as maintaining the color. I decided to go with the adorably packaged Tiny Bubbles Body Wash based on its ingredients designed to not only hold my tan but nourish and repair damage to my skin . In addition, I chose the product based on overhearing Alexis and many of the other staffs previous claims that Tiny Bubbles is one of their most recommended products.
I headed to my other job and by the time I arrived home, the cosmetic coating color was looking much darker, which Alexis had told me would happen and I was prepared for. I knew this was just the cosmetic layer and the fact that my color had fully developed over the last several hours. In the shower, I was surprised to see how much color washed off judging by the brownish water at the bottom of my tub, yet I could see looking at my skin how much color was still remaining. Once I was dried off (pat drying that is, like I was instructed), I ran over to my mirror to see the final look and goodness, was I impressed. The current color of my formerly pale skin was incredible. Not only were there no streaks or “orange” or two-toned shades anywhere…but the tan looked completely natural and as a bonus made me look slimmer!
As I had been a few other times before, I was sold. Bronzatura had once again delivered another “always bronze and never orange” natural looking tan.
The final result !