This is my dilemma:
For years and years I was definitely a tanning junkie. Who doesn’t love to have a nice, colorful glow all year around? I don’t know about you, but it always made me feel a little bit better, especially in the winter months when I would be otherwise transparent.
Well, in the past few years, I just stopped tanning. It was a combination of becoming increasingly aware of the dangers, and also my skin became very irritated by it. It wasn’t worth the hassle, so I just quit.
But, I am blonde. And I am light complected. It didn’t take long for my lack of sun to catch up with me in the winter months. Trust me, there is nothing cool about your lightest foundation looking orange against your ghostly skin.
I began exploring my options. Spray tanning? Lotions? Creams? Mists?
I tried it all.
I decided tanning lotion is a lot of work. It is extremely difficult to make sure you get it everywhere, AND streak free. However, if you like this, I think Jergens has the best tanning lotions.
I started getting spray tans a little more regularly, or just whenever I felt it was absolutely necessary that I didn’t look freakishly white. For those of you in the Lincoln area, I typically get mine at Max Tan. I have always had a positive experience and the women who spray you are very good at what they do. You can customize your color and they will work with you on where you want to be sprayed.
However, here are my problems with professional spray tanning:
1. You basically have to give up 8 hours of your day. After the spray, you cannot come in contact with water or sweat. This might seem easy, but unless you are able to get an appointment immediately before you go to bed, it’s actually not! You are scarily orange until you are able to shower (8 hours later), so its not like you can venture out in public. Major inconvenience I think.
2. The tan only lasts about 5 days.
3. They typically cost around $45-50 (at least where I go.) Sometimes they run specials for $18-20, which is much better, but still. This is an okay price for me if I am doing it occasionally, but to maintain a tan at that price every week or so? Hmmm… no thanks.
So, enter my favorite new solution: