Get Your Glow On, The Safe (and Sunless) Way!

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

I love having a beachy, tropical glow to my skin from a tan.  It makes me feel healthy and confident and less in need of so much makeup.  Like many other people, however, I don’t love the harmful side effects that come from being in the sun or using a tanning bed.  Wrinkles and skin cancer, to name just a few, are things I definitely want to avoid.  So I was thrilled to hear about a mobile airbrush tanning service that comes to you and provides you with natural color for a lot less than what you’d pay to go somewhere hot and tropical to get those same results.

Envy Sunless Mobile Tanning is a Fraser Valley company that will travel to you to provide you with the airbrush service.  Airbrush tanning has been around for quite some time, but the mobile service is a convenient way for customers to experience the treatment in the comfort of their own home at a time that works best for them.

Believe me, this is not just a service for fitness competitors or contestants on Dancing with the Stars.  For only $45, this is a fantastic way to get glowing for any special occasion, photo session, or promotional event and could quickly become a new alternative for ‘fake bake’ addicts.  You don’t have to worry about visible tan lines and you can be happy knowing that you’re not damaging your skin.

Ashley of Envy Sunless Mobile Tanning stopped by my place with her pop-up tent and airbrush gun to show me what the world of airbrush tanning is all about.  The product used in the spray gun contains dihydroxyacetone or DHA, which can often be found in other sunless tanning products.  It is a color additive that darkens the skin by reacting with the amino acids in your skin’s surface, which means that there is no color chart to choose a shade from before you begin.

As far as your clothes go (or lack thereof) during the process, your comfort level is of utmost importance.  A bathing suit or underwear is definitely okay, as are shorts or a sleeveless top if you are just getting a small area done or don’t want to show more skin.  The spray won’t discolor most clothing and can be washed out easily.

You’ll be hopping into a three-sided pop-up tent, which can be set up in a bathroom, your kitchen or even your backyard.  Because of the way a spray gun works, I would advise that the room be well ventilated and that you protect your flooring with a towel or blanket that can be washed.

Being sprayed feels kind of chilly, but it’s a quick process that is extremely tolerable.   You’ll have to rotate as directed, but this will help to give you a nice and even application.  As often as possible, you should keep your mouth closed and/or hold your breath so that you are not inadvertently inhaling any product.

In the same way that you would build a “base tan” on your skin from a tanning bed, you can build the color of your spray tan with re-applications.  The initial color will last 7 – 10 days depending on your post application care.  Envy Sunless Mobile Tanning also carries a line of 100% natural ingredient products from South Seas that includes a tan extender and body polish, to name a few.  The yummy citrus based fragrances leave the skin feeling soft and hydrated.

There’s one last thing to note about sunless tanning.  There is NO sun protection factor (SPF) in the product being applied to your skin, so common sense rules of wearing a minimum of SPF15 anytime you are outside is strongly recommended.

Don’t wait until you vacation in Fiji to look like a bronzed beauty.  Contact Envy Sunless Mobile Tanning to book an appointment and be sure to mention Fraser Valley Pulse to receive 10% off your first treatment or book a tanning party of 3 or more people and the host/hostess tans for FREE!!   Just don’t blame me when you find yourself admiring your own reflection each time you pass a mirror.

Envy Sunless Mobile Tanning

Contributor: Chrissy Lambert

Chrissy Lambert is a freelance Makeup Artist and owner of Makeup Infusion. She is a proud Auntie of two adorable nieces and loves a night out “on the town” as much as a quiet night at home.

3 Responses to “Get Your Glow On, The Safe (and Sunless) Way!”

  1. Lorie Phare says:

    What a great idea, mobile sunless tanning!!Will have to try this out!! Thanks

  2. Susan Sidhu says:

    What a great article, informative and fun…thanks for the info!!!!

  3. E Bessel says:

    Great article!! Good description for the process, so it’s not so scary the first time. Next time I’m out, book me in!!

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