We all know that I am pale. Verging on albino during the winter, and lightly darker than paper in the summer.
I weirdly don't burn that easily but I don't tan easily either, I kind of just hangout in the off-white range of skin tones and work magic with Instagram filters and bronzers.
Admittedly I have tried tanning booths (I know, this is a judge-free zone though) and even that did very little! So I've accepted my colourless ways, save for my raging sandal tan.
So that brings my next option: spray tan.
When I hear spray tan this is what comes to mind...
So I have a slight orange fear, and I think that's normal thanks to TV and movies. And the best way to overcome a fear is to face it, right?
And that's where Tara from Sunless Touch Tan comes in! And what's even cooler? She runs a mobile service which means that she comes to you! I have never felt more like a Kardashian in all my life, which I find very amusing.
I met Tara through Instagram and when she offered to let me give it a try I was more than willing! To have golden skin, even just for a week or so, seems like a dream come true during a summer where (for the first time) I don't have easy access to beaches and a nice, sunny backyard.
Since I love trying new things, and I love it even more when my readers do, I'm going to tell you everything you need to know about spray tanning!
There's quite a few guidelines to remember when you're getting prepped to spray tan, all of which are for the better.
They help the tan going on and help it last longer, so it's worth it to do your research before the session. I had Tara to give me pointers and put a list together to help you get the glow.
- Make sure you're seeing someone who knows what's up - it's the best way to ensure you get the right spray tan for your skin colour!
- When it comes to shaving make sure you're doing it before, ideally the day before. Why? When you shave it's also exfoliating, so that means if you shave right after your spray tan you're just taking some of it off. No bueno.
- Speaking of exfoliate...DO THIS! Lots of it! Not with a wash or scrub with oils (those can affect your skin) but with a loofah or a mitt!
- For your session make sure you're free of oils, lotions, sweat, deodorant, cosmetics, etc.
Wear loose, comfy clothes that won't rub off what's just been sprayed on you, that would be silly.
During the spray tan
My biggest question was what to wear!
You can certainly wear a bikini, bra and underwear, the little disposable options available or go topless because who wants tan lines? Not this girl, even if going topless is hilariously daunting. Thankfully Tara erases all nerves, and therefore erases the idea of tan lines!
There are tons of different poses you're instructed to do that make sure you're evenly coated, but the spraying itself is very fast! And the spray tickles! I don't know what I expected it to feel like, but it is so strange.
Since it's a mobile service (so, so cool!) Tara brings a tent that turns your apartment into a tanning salon!
Since it's mobile, this would be perfect if you're away from home (hello hotel tan) or with a group of friends wanting to all have it done! I think it's perfect for wedding season too!
So after it's all sprayed and done (hehe) you have to rock the topless look for at least fifteen minutes, which makes saying thank yous very amusing.
You'll have the bronzer on you and my goodness I was dark! I was in shock! It took a bit to get used to but you also have to remember that it is the bronzer you're seeing, and your actual colour keeps developing for 24 hours after, and that will look natural because it's made for your skin one. The bronzer and such is a little sticky, but nothing come off onto my robe or sheets or anything and there's no smell at all.
Tara used the 3-hour express on me so after my three hours I jumped in the shower and sure enough the bronzer washed away. I will admit I panicked, just like Tara said some people do. But do not worry! When I woke up this morning I had that healthy glow I was looking for!
When you have the spray tan moisturizing is still very key - but make sure you're using unscented and oil-free! That will help the tan last longer.
Which bring me to maybe the most important part...the pictures!
My natural state...a ghost.
After (before shower!)
So dark I almost blended with the flooring...a whole new world!
The Day After (and after one shower with the colour developing!)
And if you want to have a real back-to-back comparison...
It's now a nice, natural glow! It's noticeable when you see the tan lines, but when I'm all dressed up it just looks like I got a healthy dose of sunshine!
Overall, as a spray tan newbie I am sold! It was a great experience (very much because of the lovely Tara) and I would certainly encourage everyone to give it a shot!
Make sure you follow Sunless Touch on Instagram to check out Tara's work and for your chance to enter giveaways!
Plus, stay tuned next week as I give away two free tans and some summer essential goodies!