Since I’m the palest member of the upcoming wedding party, I decided that I would get an airbrush tan to feel better about myself in a strapless dress. I have the type of skin that is so pale that I simply burn and then go back to pale white. I never, ever can get a tan. Back in December, I’d done a sunless tan in a booth and just thought that maybe an airbrush tan would be more seamless and natural-looking. In order to avoid any blunders, I went for a trial airbrush tan because I’d never been to that salon before.
The appointment was only supposed to take 25 minutes. Luckily, there wasn’t a clock in the room because about an hour of standing in only my underwear in front of a fan, the tan still wasn’t dry. The technician said that my neck was also streaking, so she removed it and reapplied it in that area. After redoing it and standing in front of the fan again for what felt like an eternity, she came in and said it was still wet. She ended up standing in front of me holding a fan to my chest and neck. Nearly two hours later, I was finally able to exit the salon.
Thankfully, my face, neck, chest and shoulders look good. The rest of my body is a different story. My legs are blotchy; my feet look super dark in some places – making them look dirty; and my underarms are really dark, but the backs of my arms are white.
WHAT THE HECK. I thought that if a person was standing in front of me applying the solution that there would be less error and missed spots than with a machine. Ha! I think I’ll end up with a booth tan next week after all.
To the technician’s credit, she said this had never happened before. Perhaps the solution didn’t react well with my skin, and offered to try a different solution for my appointment next week. I just don’t think I can take that risk again. I’ll go with what worked okay last time and get my tan done via machine.
Have you had a terrible tanning experience?