Ready, Set, Get Your Tan On!

Okay, so you didn’t make it to the beach for Spring Break this year and you are still ‘as white as those slacks you wanted to wear back to work since it is technically spring. NO PROBLEM, I’ve got your back, my friend.  I did make a trip to Corpus Christi with all the Spring Breakers, but I, too, never got to the beach.  Regardless, I did visit J. Gail’s Salon in Dallas for an air brush tan before “leaving on a jet plane” so I could wear my sun dress and show a little skin like the rest of the crowd. 

J. Gail’s offers tanning packages as one of many services at her salon. I buy a package each year and then visit her salon once a month during the spring and summer.  As they say, if you can’t tone it – tan it!  I couldn’t have said it better.

The air brush formula here is by Soleil, which I have found lasts about 2 weeks and is a beautiful, natural color.  As the color begins to fade into that third week, I keep the color updated with the Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pads I have mentioned in previous posts.  It works, I promise!

To prepare for your air brush tanning experience, you should exfoliate your entire body, paying special attention to the knees, ankles, toes and elbows. If you plan on shaving, I would do it 6 to 8 hours prior to your tanning session and body waxing should be
done 24 hours prior to your appointment. Do not apply moisturizers, make-up or deodorant prior to your appointment. These may affect the way your skin will absorb the tanning solution and will cause uneven fading.

When you go to the salon for your session the general rule is wear nothing “white” and nothing “tight.” Plan on leaving the salon wearing sandals and loose fitting clothing.  This will prevent the risk of rubbing your skin before your tan has set. I usually bring a sun dress and leave wearing only that and a pair of flip flops so nothing is touching my body, and that means no bra and panties – just walk quickly to your car – sunglasses on and head bowed.  No one will know!

During the tanning session you may wear whatever you feel comfortable with – a swim suit, your bra and panties or nothing at all.  It’s your choice!  Once your tan has been air brushed you will need to wait 6-8 hours before showering. This gives the solution adequate time to react with your skin and deepen in color.

The first two hours are critical to the success of your tan. Avoid skin contact to prevent the tanning solution from rubbing off onto your palms, and avoid activities that will cause you to perspire excessively. After a minimum of 6 to 8 hours you can take a post-tan shower and then moisturize your skin. This will help set and maintain the length of your tan. I usually wait until morning to bathe.  Yes, the water will be brown, but it’s not your tan, just the bronzing agent that has been used in the applicator.  Always, always moisturize!

Long hot baths, hot tubs, chlorine and saltwater will affect the depth of your tan.  When I swim during the summer I am very careful with the length of time I am in the water and I always pat myself dry rather than rubbing. I will usually see a lightening of my ‘tan’ following a swim, so I usually touch up with my Glow Pads if I notice too much of a change.

Being a native Texan I want the look of a tan without the risk of the sun on my skin.  Soliel provides a beautiful airbrushed color for me.  There are other brands available, so when looking at a salon service find out what solution they are using and ask how long it lasts.  

This has been a harsh winter in so many ways, especially on our skin.  Go ahead and get those white slacks and tops out of your closet… it’s time for us to glow and now you, too, know how!

All people smile in the same language. – Proverb

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