Friday, June 6, 2008

My Mystic Tan experience

I have always wanted to try a "spray tan". My only experience with a spray tan was watching the episode of Friends where Ross sprays himself inside the machine multiple times on his front side, never actually getting his backside! Hilarious episode, highly recommended to anyone looking for a good laugh. Still, even with Ross' silly experience, I still longed to be sprayed a nice shade of tan. With the summer season fast approaching, I figured now was a great time.

I first consulted a local tanning salon to find out more about the process. I had already decided I wanted to try the UV-Free Mystic Tan. The Mystic Tan uses your body's own magnetic properties to attract the Mystic Tan spray. This is supposed to result in a natural looking tan.

In preparation for my big adventure, I was advised to do the following:

  • Take a shower and use a loofah to get rid of any dead skin cells
  • Shave my legs
  • Do not apply any makeup, lotion, or perfume
  • Be prepared to wear loose fitting clothing after the application
  • Do not expose myself to water for 4-6 hours after application. Any area that comes in contact with water will get a streaky look, which includes sweat. For this reason, it was suggested that I experience the Mystic Tan later in the day.

I arrived at the salon around supper time. The desk clerks were very helpful in going over the process with me. Here are the steps involved:

  • Place hair cap over your head. Do not cover your ears. Be sure to leave a little bit of your hairline exposed.
  • Use the provided lotion (generously) on the palms of your hands, in between your fingers, on the soles and sides of your feet and in between your toes
  • Remove all jewelry
  • Remove any makeup, lotion, or perfume with the baby wipes provided
  • You will also be instructed on the "poses" for while inside the booth. These are better left to the professionals to demonstrate rather than me try and verbalize it.
You are now ready to enter the booth. Once inside, the spray comes out from one side. You will need to decide whether you want to use the bronzer function. Apparently with this function, you will have color immediately when you exit the booth. I was advised that this was not necessary as your color will appear within 4-6 hours. I opted not to use the bronzer. You will press the green start button and step back onto the stand with your legs spread apart the full length of the stand. Remember to keep your eyes closed and mouth shut. Breathe through your nose. Each side lasts 14 seconds. Once I exited the booth, I patted (do not rub) myself dry. Again, remember to wear loose fitting clothes.
I was really excited to be tan! I was always the girl who tanned religiously in tanning booths when I was younger, but decided with age that this was probably not the best thing to do to my skin. So I waited for my UV-free tan to appear.
Unfortunately, it did...

Parts of my body were streaky. As you can see in the picture above, my leg has a nice streak running down the side. I also felt it was more orange than a natural tan color. As the "tan" began to fade, my coloring took on a jaundiced look. Overall, I was disappointed with the results. At least now I can say that I have tried it!

My recommendation: Ladies, definitely do not save this to the last days before your wedding. You will want time to either master the process or at least have it fade away should you not like it.

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