Every year, right around May, I sit in the sun for the first hot day of the season and get a stupid and oddly shaped sunburn. Then I go to the Cape for Memorial Day and I get even more sunburned. It stays with me all summer. This year has been no different- I have awful lines on my legs already. But I have learned my lesson. Not how to put sunscreen on correctly, rather, how to cover up an attrocious sunburn. I got a Groupon for spray tanning.
|Exhibits A and B|
Having never gone spray tanning before, I did a fair amount of research before buying this deal. I chose Brazil Bronze Bar because their ingredients are organic, and they had great reviews online. It was a little hard to make an appointment by phone, but they recently put their entire reservation system online for easy scheduling.
|See what I mean about the ambience?|
I walked into their enchanting little studio in SoHo and took it all in: curtain covered rooms, fresh flowers, a relaxing, romantic color scheme, and all of their accolades hanging on the walls. Everywhere I looked, there were instructions on how to care for your spray tan. I was reassured and hopeful that I would not walk out of there bright orange.
|Loved seeing all the magazines that this studio has been featured in|
Claudia was my spray tanner, and she was professional and speedy. After a consultation about my ideal color- light bronze- she showed me the positions to stand in, and sprayed. The spray took about 3-5 minutes total, and then another 5 minutes in front of a large fan to dry my tan. Definitely not as awkward as I was imagining.
|Day 1 of the tan- my sister says "Jersey Shore cast member" but I say beach glow|
My skin looked perfect for about 5 days before it started fading. I was wishing it would last longer, but it totally got the job done. No idiotic tan lines for me, and even though it was about 50 degrees on Cape Cod and I wore sweatpants the whole time, I know I atleast looked like I had a nice beach glow.