My First Spray Tan .. from a machine
I’ve herd mixed reviews on the VersaSpa and Mystic Tan booths, and have finally decided to give it a whirl. My skin is thanking me for quitting tanning beds and countless hours by the pool. Although I quit years ago, my skin is one of the only things I can replace, and wish I had treated it better over the years. Between cooking myself and genetics, I’m in my 20-somethings and have sun sports, crows feet, and forehead wrinkles!!! (booo) Let this be a lesson to any sun-kissed teens out there!
Now that I have cut back on my vitamin D, a bronze glow is still a must for my fair skin and blonde hair. I have used many over the counter lotions from Jurgens and Neutrogena to the Target off brand, and all have worked fine in moderation. I do have special occasions every now and then where I am seeking a custom all over glow and have gone to a salon where a woman sprays me. I love this because they can add more on feature areas (abs, collarbone, shins) and less on dry splotchy areas (knees, neck, elbows) and the price is comparable to a spray booth such as Mystic Tan and VersaSpa at around $30/ session. I purchased a Groupon for a nearby tanning salon offering 3 sessions of a “spray tan” for $15 so of course I decided to try it out. I am attending my sisters wedding this weekend and have a few other upcoming parties, why not.
What is VersaSpa?
Due to awesome marketing by Mystic Tan, I assumed this “spray tan” would be in a Mystic booth. But I was wrong, when I said, “Hi, I’m here for my Mystic Tan”, the women quickly corrected me saying that they only use VersaSpa and mystic Tan is “way outdated, and you don’t want that”. Long story short … I had to rewrite my entire post…
Some tips I read before going….
Preparation for Vera Spa
- Shave everywhere and exfoliate exfoliate exfoliate! To remove all dry skin
- The night before I shaved normal areas, and only did my normal lofa scrub down since I ran out of hot water
- The morning of I used a salt scrub everywhere and heavily on my knees and elbows to scrub away al dry skin
- Do not moisturize so that the tan will go evenly on your skin
- Wear loose clothing
Vera Spa: Day of, at the Salon
- You will be given the basic run down by a salon tech if you have never tanned before
- Pick a color best suited for you skin tone
- I chose no bronzer, someone told me it rubs off and you look “dirty”
- I went with light to avoid a potential mess
- They will go over the different poses to do in the booth, as shown below …
- These are not as easy as they appear
- I would not spread my fingers and hide my wrists these parts turned creepy streaky orange
Versa Spa: Post Spray …
- Use the antibacterial gel and put all over your hands and feet
- This is SUPPOSED to keep these areas from tanning
- It didn’t work well, id suggest bringing wet wipes after to remove unwanted tan
- Put on loose clothing for the ride home, tan appears in 4 hours
- Do not shower for at least 8 hours
- I waited all night, the longer the better
- Avoid hot showers and moisturize to prolong your tan
All in All…waaa la .. a Vera Spa spray tan
I don’t know if I would do this again, even though I have 2 left on my account. I was pretty tan for the next few days, however I did have tiny problems. After taking lots of precautions I still ended up with streaks and weird orange in between fingers, bottom of feet, around wrists. The tan did last but when it began to flake off my chest was very splotchy and had to cover up for a few days until I could get it all scrubbed off. I don’t think it can be a DISASTER, but it’s a little risky to do right before a special occasion.
OK I’m a bit orange …and excuse my no makup… What do you think? Do you have any tips? Experiences to share?