Don’t be mystified...be mistified. A Q+A from the Spray Tan experts at Lavenders Body Care Clinic
Don’t be Mystified…Be Mistified! A Spray Tan Q+A with Lavender Body Care Clinic’s Robyn Couzens Even though the official start to summer is still several weeks away, chances are you ladies have already begun studding your wardrobe with flirty dresses, skin-‐showing tanks, shorts and skirts. But while you’re wardrobe might be looking good, there’s one little problem; you are P.A.L.E., PALE. And, if you can’t fathom fitting sunbathing into your busy schedule to get the perfect base tan (not that the weather here in Philadelphia would cooperate), we’re with you. So, how can you get that bronze, sun-‐kissed look to make you feel vibrant and rejuvenated before bathing suit season hits? We caught up with Robyn Couzens from Lavenders Body Care Clinic to learn about an option that’s quicker, easier—and well, healthier for your body: spray tans. TWE: Is there anything that I can do to assure that I get the best spray tan? RC: Absolutely. One of the most important things that you must do is thoroughly exfoliate before spray tanning. The shallower the dead skin layer on the surface of your skin, the more time it will take for this layer to build up before it starts rubbing off. That means the better the exfoliation, the more even your tan will be throughout its life and the longer it will last. Of course it is just as vital to moisturize every day after spray tanning to keep your skin from drying out and exfoliating prematurely. TWE: How long will the spray tan take? RC: Full body, ½-‐hour; Half-‐body, 15-‐20 minutes TWE: Are spray tans dangerous in any way? RC: Our spray tan solution is DHA, completely organic and has been approved and tested by the FDA. They’re actually much safer than the sun! TWE: How do you know if a spray tan will look good on all skin types? RC: We can customize any look upon the individuals request (we have multiple colors for all skin types) and since we have experience working with many different clients, we’re able to make qualified suggestions. TWE: If someone wants his/her tan to be very subtle, is that possible? RC: Yes, we can give the client sun-‐kissed look or a dark "just got back from vacation" feel, depending on his/her preference.
TWE: What does a spray tan cost? RC: Full Body, $45; Half Body, $30; Face-‐ $15 TWE: People are often nervous about spray tans looking streaky. Do you ever have issues with this? RC: No, unlike a spray booth, manual spray tans go on evenly throughout the body because the technician can get into every "nook and cranny" if you will. We make sure your tan is very natural looking. TWE: What do I have to wear to be spray tanned? RC: You can wear your own underwear (preferably a thong), or a disposable pair that we will provide for you. If you want to also wear a bra, you’ll just need to take the traps down. We recommend dark-‐colored undergarments (even though the tan solution will come out in the wash). TWE: Do you see many younger clients come in for spray tans? RC: Yes, younger clients usually come in before dances/proms. We can do a lighter shade if they want the experience, but more subtle results. We actually just put some prom specials together, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. TWE: For what other life events to people get spray tans? RC: We find many brides and bridal parties come in before weddings throughout the year so that they don’t look pasty-‐white in photos. We also get a lot of people who come in for spray tans before they start going to the beach (or go on vacation) to get a nice and even base tan. That way they don’t burn in the sun. TWE: Is it easy to get a very dark color from spray tanning? RC: Everyone’s skin develops its own individual color. Some people get very brown fast (if they wish to) and others get just a glow at first. For those people, with repeated sessions, the skin tends to get used to the solution, and starts to develop more color. (You only need a few sessions to achieve this.) TWE: How long will the tan last? RC: Depending on how well you prepare and take care of your spray tan after you have it done, it will last about 5-‐10 days. If you tan regularly, your skin will get used to the spray and will hold the color longer. TWE: Can one spray tan look different than a previous one, even if it was done with the same solution in the same salon? RC: Yes. Again, it comes down to your skin. Your skin is a living thing and is affected by many variables like the time of the month, season, food you eat, stress, active medications, etc. If your tan is different, the most probable cause is the condition of your skin.
TWE: What if I have a very fair skin that has never been able to tan? RC: Then you’re in luck! This is exactly why the spray tanning process was designed in the first place (for people that could not tan by any other method.). It’s very likely you will get fantastic color with a spray tan. TWE: Will I tan evenly if I have hair on my legs/arms? RC: Yes. Hair is not an issue. TWE: Does the solution have unpleasant smell? RC: Some do, but our solution has a very pleasant smell (we admit, it’s a bit potent in the booth). TWE: If I absolutely hate my spray tan, can I remove it? RC: Yes, in the worst-‐case scenario you can exfoliate right after your spray tan in the shower (the color takes 9-‐12 hours to fully set) to remove your spray tan. —Kimberly Genkin Ettinger, The Whole Enchilada PR