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Protect Your Skin with a Beautiful Bronzed Glow from Spray Health Tan!

Posted by Wendy Lucas on March 10, 2011 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 Protect Your Skin with a Beautiful Bronzed Glow from

Spray Health Tan!

www.sprayhealthtan.com


Are you looking for a way to tan without the damage? Well I found an awesome new spray tan serving Southern California's Orange County and Los Angeles areas. Yes, we have sun here, but tanning in the sun and tanning beds causes skin cancer and ages the skin prematurely.  If you want a tan, go the damage-free way, and get a spray tan!

This van you see (above) comes to your house!  It's amazing, it's a Spray Tan Salon on Wheels!  All you do is make your appointment and walk out your front door and right into the van to get sprayed!  How awesome is that?

Here are some photos of the inside of the van!

This is where you stand to get sprayed, those "speaker looking" things are fans, they are very light. The experience is very comfortable, enjoyable, and exciting! Shawyana (owner and sprayer) is friendly, professional, and fun to be around! She is very accurate at spraying your body equally and evenly.

The Decorations are SO cute!

So, I am planning on using Spray Health Tan for my next competition this year. I look forward to it because the tan looks really amazing.

Here is a "before and after" of my spray tan. These photos were taken immediately before and immediately after the spray.  The tan got darker as the hours progressed.

Before Spray Tan:                               After Spray Tan:

I was told not to shower for 12 hours. For me, that is a bit too long because I am always in the gym either training myself or other people, so I had to shower about 8 hours after getting sprayed.  A lot of the tan came off, but it did leave me with a tan still.

I would absolutely recommend this Spray Tan to anyone living in Southern California who wants to be tan without damaging your skin.  Get tan for a special event, a date, a vacation, a wedding, a dance, a photo-shoot, or just for yourself =)

Special thanks to my friend and Bodybuilding and Fitness Photographer Ian L. Sitren of www.second-focus.com  for the great referral to Spray Health Tan!

Please check out www.sprayhealthtan.com!

Wendy's Favorite Self-Tanning Products

Posted by Wendy Lucas on February 20, 2011 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (1)

Wendy's Favorite Self-Tanning Products

This blog will discuss sunless tanning products that I like to use.  I will talk about exfoliating the skin, Mystic Tan, Loreal Sublime Towelettes, Jan Tana, and Jergen's Face Tan/Moisturizer/SPF. I will also touch on competition tanning and the different things I have done for my shows.

I love to have a bronzed, tan look to my skin because it helps to enhance muscle definition, it adds a healthy glow, and it makes me feel sexy.  Having an even tone of the skin is important as well for my Photo Shoots and my fitness competitions.  But I don't want to damage my skin with tanning beds or laying out in the sun.  Anytime you allow the sun or tanning beds to change the color of your skin, you are creating SUN DAMAGE.  This leads to premature aging, which means wrinkling, sun spots, and darkening of moles, scars, and freckles.  Even if you "tan" and don't "burn" you are still creating damage and aging your skin.  Instead of tanning in the sun or in beds, I prefer a more natural and safe approach.  This takes more work and can be quite costly.  First of all, you need to keep skin very clean and exfoliated.  I use a scrub brush to brush to keep my skin clean and exfoliated.  Any exfoliant soap or liquid will work. 

Jan Tana's Skin Prep is a great exfoliant scrub. It smells like apricot =) I use this for the week before a show, or a few days before a shoot. I scrub my whole body including back and face.

Jan Tana Skin Prep

So back to the tanning..... As far as an "every day" go to work or school tan, I recommend:

Loreal Sublime Self-Tanning Towewlettes

6 Towelettes per Box, $10.99

These come in a box of 6 towelettes.  The towelettes are clear, so there is no mess at all, but be careful to rub the towelette on every part of your body so that you don't miss an area.  It ends up developing over a few hours into a very natural sun-kissed glow.... I haven't had any problems with streakiness at all.  I basically use these once per day until I reach my desired level of tan.   I have seen them for about $8.99 at walmart, and sometimes ULTA has buy 2 get one free.  It says "for body", but I use on my face as well.

Speaking of tanning the face..... I like to use a combination moisturizer with SPF and tint.  I really like this one:

Jergen's Natural Glow Healthy Complexion SPF 20

$8.99 at CVS

When I want a darker, quicker tan last minute for a shoot or a special event,  I will go to my local tanning salon and get a spray tan in the Mystic Tan booth:

Mystic Tan

$49 for 3 mystic tans. One will set you back $25.

The cost of Mystic Tan is much more than the over-the-counter products, but the results are quicker and generally darker.  They have a fragrance you can add to the spray and it smells pretty good!  Last time I got "tropical paradise".   I add the "barrier cream" to my feet, toe nails and finger nails and a little on elbows and knees to help smooth on the tan prior to getting sprayed (the cream is in the room for you to use). 

Jan Tana

(www.jantana.com)

Fitness Competitions require a darker tan because it enhances muscle tone, striations and definition.  On stage, the lighting can wash you out, so you will look really dark in normal lighting, but you will look good on stage under the intense lights.  I consider Jan Tana the leader in fitness competition tan.  I have used three different tanning products from Jan Tana, the Hi-Definition Color for Competition , Natural Tan, and On Site Airbrush Tanning.

For my first NPC Bikini Competition, I used the On Site Airbrush Tanning.  I was pleased with the results, but I definitely think I could have scrubbed my skin a lot more to ensure smooth application.  I definitely recommend using a scrub brush with your exfoliant.  I got sprayed the friday night before the show (show is on saturday), then Saturday I got sprayed 1 more time before I went on stage for pre-judging at 11am.  I then got sprayed again in the afternoon before finals. This was all included for $125.  It's pricey, but they take care of you and you don't have to do anything but stand there and get sprayed =)  This is what the tan looked like on stage:

I did my own makeup at this show, and the face was a little lighter than the body. I think it looked good, but the eye makeup could have been darker and perhaps the face as well.... Also, my hair was blonde which sort of washes me out....It was a learning experience for sure! .......  so I switched to brunette, my natural color for my next show......

For my Second NPC Bikini Competition, I did the On Site tanning again, but this time I paid to have my makeup done, and it was well worth it.  Artistry by Jackie did my makeup and she was amazing! Here was the final product:

So for my Third NPC Bikini Competition, I decided to save money and instead of using the on site tanning they were providing (pro tan), I decided to try the Jan Tana Hi-Definition Color for Competition.  Cost is $35.99 for 1 bottle of tan and it comes with a free applicator puff and 1 bottle skin prep exfoliant.  I had my mom and my boyfriend help me apply 3 coats friday night, then I did touch-ups Saturday morning before pre-judging. The lighting on stage was horrible and way different than normal competitions, in my opinion.  But the tanning process was very easy and the foam tan goes on very well.  I would recommend it for sure.  The awesome pro tan people back stage applied glaze to each competitor prior to stepping on stage, for free!!!! ... they were awesome and it felt like a "mini-massage" to get oiled down =)  I loved it!!  Here is what it looked on stage:

And lastly, the Natural Tan by Jan Tana. This is a more natural looking tan, hence the name.... It will not be too dark, but it will look like you just came home from Jamaica or Hawaii =) It is only $21.95 at www.jantana.com.

Hope you enjoyed my post about sunless tanning!

FITNESS IS A LIFESTYLE!

~Wendy Lucas