I LOVE THE SUN!
–there, I said it. I love to lay on the boat with a drink in my hand and the radio up loud. I have done it my entire life(sans the drink when younger, obviously) But, we have basically just lived at the lake every summer for as long as I can remember. It’s the good life. I hope and pray to live there someday.
And now I beg the question…..Pale or Tan? I don’t want to be pale, but I don’t want skin cancer or wrinkles(although BOTOX is AMAZING)
Two options …Sunless tan or Wrinkles
Everyone has had a bad sunless tanning experience, but we like to think we are learning as we go and getting better everyday. I have decided it is much better to deal with a sunless tanning disaster for 3 or 4 days than a giant scar on my leg, arm, stomach, or FACE from having a scary mole removed.
~SCRUB~ I can not say it enough. Exfoliate big time. Favorite scrub of all time is Jo Malone.. smells fantastic, leaves you crazy moisturized… but $85 later I am not sure it is that much better. However, guilty pleasure #127, Bath & Body Works(man, I hate that store) has a really great sugar scrub that I have used for years. It makes your skin glow and it comes in a couple of different scents. (Energy, Sleep, Stress Relief) They always have some crazy BOGO sale or sale of lifetime going on at B&B , so you are sure to get a great deal.
~Moisturize~ I really think it is best to do this hours before just to make sure that everything “soaks” in and you can re-touch any really dry places(ole crusty elbows, gnarly feet, ashy knees) Any lotion will do, but to treat yourself…..Bliss Body Butter is ‘da bomb. Whew! I love this stuff. And I swear the lemon smell of the lotion combats the smell of the sunless tan.
~Where to Tan~ There is a sign for sunless tanning on every corner. Tan n Go, Palm Beach Tans, Sunless Mobile Tanning, Elite Tanning…the list goes on. I, personally am not a giant fan of standing in front of a 20 year old with my undergarments off trying to get a fake tan(more power to you if you are) So….. to the Tan n Go I will GO! Erica LOVES a good Mystic tan! The booth talks to you…tells you where to stand and exactly what to do.
~Let Me Boss You Around~ Go to tan in your nastiest gym or yoga clothes, something that you do not mind getting messed up. It may take you a couple of times to figure out how to hold your hands and arms,(and when and if you want it to spray your face) but all in all it is pretty easy. I am super duper pale, so I always go with the Light #2, Mollie has a darker skin tone and gets Medium. If you have an event, I would suggest going the day before, just in case there are any mistakes and you need some time to correct them. Feet and hands are the absolute hardest! Just exfloliate and mosturize(can’t say it enough) and be sure and wipe the bottoms of your feet when you get out of the booth with a baby wipe(SCRUB) The “blocker” that they have in the tanning room needs to go in any little tiny crevice you are worried might get orangey. Elbows, knees, hands, belly button and(under the boobies, shhhh, can’t say that on here) I always stand around outside of the booth and take my own precious time air drying. It’s the secret to not getting streaks and marks in weird places. If you mess up, use a cotton ball with some nail polish remover to even out the a spots and a pumice or foot file to those feet.
~Maintain~ The more you exfloliate the more the tan comes off……so in the shower for the next few days I choose to use a very light body wash and then moisturize with a coco butter that I get at Whole Foods(Lord help me, I can not stay out of that place) 4 to 5 days is about the limit on how good your new tan will last, so on the 4th day….it’s back to square one and the exfoliation begins again! WHOOOHOOO SCRUB!
I can’t deny, I have had my fair share of sunless mistakes and… Dr. Kris has been mistaken for Donatella Versace by her youngest child on one occasion. But as time goes by we learn new tricks and look tan and better all the time, with no wrinkles and no cancer(so that’s a good thing!)
You may not like it. It may not be for you. But as for me and the ladies at EMA…we will use the sunless!!