I have finally grown up and learned many years ago to use sunscreen. Having grown up near the South Carolina coast, the beach and the sun beckoned. My friends and I baked ourselves, most often with baby oil and iodine. I actually had two high school friends who used motor oil and one ended up in the hospital with a very severe sunburn. Why the compelling need for a tan?
I admit I look better with the tan. I look rested, healthy, and as if I should be wearing Lilly Pulitzer at Palm Beach. So years ago I began searching for an alternative- the fake tan. Now since we Southern girls do not like the word fake (Heaven forbid we would own or endorse anything fake), I am going to use the term faux tan (the French elevates the idea).
In the early years of my search, I tried the tanning bed a couple of times but I then read the cancer warnings. Besides, the experience was somewhat claustrophobic. I then tried tanning lotions but those early results left me streaked and orange (the way Trump’s face looks now). The closest I had come until recently was tanning towelettes, but the better ones were expensive and I can’t do my own back.
I think I may have found the best faux tan- air brush tanning with South Seas tanning products at my hangout, Fusions Spa and Wellness in Sylva, NC. This is the same product used by contestants on Dancing with the Stars (Isn’t that special?)
Here’s how it works. In the morning I took a shower leaving off all makeup, lotion, and deodorant. I then donned an old bathing suit, a loose dress, and flip flops, and headed to the spa. Once there, I entered a “tent” donned only in my bathing suit, where my technician used what looked like a paint sprayer to apply the product. This took all of about ten minutes. The particular project contains DHA which works with the amino acids in your skin to give you a customized glow- everyone will not be the same color.
I then put on the loose dress and headed home to wait until the next day to shower. (I did cheat and wash my face.) I came home with some products to help me extend the tan since it will naturally fade. The color is beautiful and the most natural I have ever used. It will probably last only about ten days but for a special event, this is the way to go. The other thing I must consider is my face. I use Retinol every night on my face so the tan will fade their quickly. The technician showed me how to effectively use a bronzer over my makeup to take care of that issue.
My technician said that spray tanning has taken off and she is very busy with all ages male and female. She loved working with two 75 year-old ladies who pulled up in a convertible and announced they were headed to Gatlinburg and needed a tan! I need to ask my technician if she makes funeral home calls like hairdressers!
My latest exploration of this topic is that Millenials are not interested in tanning and want to take care of their skin. Therefore, someone my age looking tan is perhaps in fact looking old. Food for thought!