So You Want to Get a Spray Tan

Summer time is so close I can feel it. This winter in New York has been just plain cruel; the snow just piled up and the temperatures were beyond frigid every day. But now it’s time to start getting ready for shorts and bikini weather. For me, this means it’s time to get a spray tan.

Bottom line I love spray tans; last summer I felt like I was getting a spray once a week instead of sitting outside for hours or laying in a tanning bed. Spray tans are 100% safe and leaves your skin with a healthy glow.

At my job there are two ways to get a spray tan: airbrushing and the booth. I prefer the airbrushing over the booth. The booth never covered my body entirely and I was left with some spots that were missed. But that’s just my opinion. The airbrush, compared to the booth, is sprayed by a staff member. It’s easier to see the spots that were missed or if you wanted to be a little darker on the legs or chest area they can hit you with the solution a little more.

Spray Machine

Spray Machine

I also tend to over think a spray booth, thanks to this episode of Friends

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The airbrush uses a DHA sunless tanning solution. Once sprayed, you will instantly see the color. The solution contains a natural chemical reaction to your skin causing it to turn a golden brown.

A spray can last anywhere from 5-7 days depending on how will you maintain it. My face tends to lose color first, usually after day 3, because I’m washing it with Proactive face wash.

Whenever I spray someone, their first question is: “Is this going to make me orange?” And the answer is no. Many salons have different colors to work and blend with your body. Another bonus to airbrushing is it’s easy to tell when enough is enough. If someone is nervous about a spray I’ll test it on myself or their arm to see how everything reacts. If you wanted a spray tan before a major event, call a salon and book a test appointment to see how everything looks with your body and skin. You don’t want a bad spray tan to ruin your fun.

The do’s and don’ts to a good spray:

Do’s:
• Take a shower and exfoliate your skin prior to a session.
• Remove all makeup (you don’t want to clog your pores)
• Avoid using a moisturizer directly before or after.
• Allow yourself at least 10 minutes to be sprayed and at least 5-10 minutes to dry.
• Wear loose, cotton clothing and flip flops.
• Remove all jewelry

Don’ts:
• Don’t shave the day of your session [the day before or the next day is fine.]
• Don’t shower or perspire for at least 8 hours after your session.
• Don’t wear blue jeans, tight clothes, or socks for 5-6 hours.

As said before, you’ll notice the color instantly, but it generally takes about 5-7 hours to full develop. The longer you hold off on a shower the better. Also, if you’re going to bed with a spray tan and showering the next morning, change your bed sheets to a dark color. The first time I got a spray tan, I waited until the next day to shower and woke up with a body print on my light blue bed sheets because the color was still drying.

Spray tans also have this way of toning everything up and making everything look better. I’m just saying.  If you have any questions let me know!

This is from last summer, but this is what the color looks like after one day for me at least.

This is from last summer, but this is what the color looks like after one day for me at least.

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Miracle in a Jar

(Sigh) I recently got my haircut; it wasn’t a lot, but still. To my surprise I didn’t have a lot of split ends, my hair was just super dried out. I’ve been trying to keep up with getting my haircut at least every 2 months. I go to Supercuts because a $12 haircut is all a girl can afford nowadays. I am that girl who freaks out over getting an inch cut off. But I’m all for healthy hair, so cutting frequently is essential.

Along with frequent haircuts I try and do a weekly hair mask. Is it just me or is coconut oil the new craze? I joined Pinterest over a year ago and when I saw a pin for long, healthy, shiny hair I had to read it. An hour later I was in the car heading to the local Trader Joe’s to buy a jar of coconut oil.

coconut oil

Coconut oil is natural, organic and above all cheap! A good hair mask can cost around $30. I bought my jar over a year ago, and there is still a good amount left.

Coconut oil has an extensive list of uses. Of course, it’s good for cooking and baking. Unfortunately for my future boyfriend, I’m not one for cooking, so I keep the jar upstairs in my room and use it strictly for beauty purposes.

Coconut oil helps moisturize the hair while also rejuvenating the hair from root to tip. When I put coconut oil in my hair I spend a good ten minutes brushing and combing it thru because it feels that amazing.

There are two ways to approach a coconut oil hair mask:
1.) Apply the hair mask for thirty minutes or so and then shower.
After you apply the hair mask wrap your hair in a bun and place a shower cap or plastic bag over the scalp or your hair to seal in the moisture.

2.) Apply the hair mask before bed and shower in the morning.
If you’re thinking of doing this step, wear a shower cap and place a towel over your pillow case. Trust me, the last thing you want is oil seeping into your facial pores when you sleep.

Now this is a huge disclaimer about coconut oil. It’s best to do coconut oil on a day where you know you have extra time in the shower. Yes coconut oil is amazing, but at the end of the day it’s an oil and can leave your hair greasy and smelling greasy if not washed out extensively. The first time my roommate did a mask she took a shower, shampooed and conditioned her hair as usual, but had to wash her out again in the bathtub because she didn’t wash it all out. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

If done right, coconut oil will leave your hair super shiny and soft! There are days my hair feels too soft, but hey its better than being too dried out!

Check out this list of other coconut oil uses:
http://www.swansonvitamins.com/blog/natural-health-tips/using-coconut-oil