I decided to try out spray (airbrush) tanning yesterday. I have my first shower today (Sunday) and thought I might as well try it out for that. I went to a place in St. Charles recommended by a few ladies on the boards. A couple owns the tanning salon, and the wife does the spray tanning.
I was SUPER dark when I left. It was pretty funny, actually. My teeth looked insanely white! They told me not to be alarmed at the color, because the top layer will wash off. It just helps them see where they've sprayed. It was funny to look at my pale skin that wasn't sprayed right next to the super dark tan.
Some of it did come off on my clothes. I was warned, though, and brought some old clothes I didn't care about with me. Make sure if you go, wear loose fitting clothing after. It will help the tan not to come off.
This morning I took a shower, approximately 16 hours after I was sprayed. A lot of color did come off, as they told me it would. I'm definitely tanner (which isn't hard, since I'm pretty fair skinned). It looks a little dark to me, but I think that's because I'm so used to being so fair. I haven't been even slightly tan in a LONG time! (My aunt and cousin who haven't seen me in several months - so they aren't as used to my super pale skin - liked the color and said it looked natural.)
My favorite part is my legs. I've been wearing some dresses and skirts lately, because they fit my body better than pants right now (due to my hips being significantly larger than my waist). Well, my legs pretty much never see sun, so they were even paler than the rest of me. I LOVE that they're tan now!
They even sprayed my face. My dad (and 2 aunts, nana, and cousin) stopped by this morning so my cousin could see my house. He commented that it looked liked I had a lot of make-up on. I don't have any more than usual. I think it just looks that way to him since my face is tanner than normal. (Plus, my mom doesn't wear make-up, so he's used to that.)
I'm curious to see how it fades in the next few days. I'm thinking maybe if I go on the Wednesday before, it will be a little faded by Saturday, but I'll still have some color. I'm going to try to remember to take photos so that I can see how it fades. I wouldn't go any later in the week than Thursday before the wedding, but that could leave me a little too dark.
Overall, I think it was a success. I'm pretty sure I'm going to do the spray tan either at this place in St. Charles or a place near West County Mall a few days before the wedding. I just don't want to look like a ghost in pictures with my pale skin and white dress!
Here are some pictures of before (super pale), right after (super tan!), and one day after (still pretty tan).
A few weeks ago after I lightened my hair.
Random before shot - I think I was looking at how my bangs looked on different sides...
Right after I got home. (Pardon the awful hair. I wasn't really doing anything important, so I just let it air dry and had it up in a ponytail. I wanted to see how it looked with my lighter hair color, so I let it down. Also, no make-up since I had just gotten back from being sprayed.)
Don't you love the blue painter's tape in the background? :-) We only got half the hallway painted. The tape is still up for the other half. Hopefully that will get done next weekend, along with the staining of the deck.
Two close ups right after I got home.
These are from Saturday, after I had taken a shower and the top layer of color washed off. I know I still look quite tan. I think the photos from Friday (right after) don't show quite how dark I was.