The one thing that really bummed me out when I got pregnant, if we’re being real here, was the fact that I couldn’t get my weekly spray tans anymore. There’s something about going into a booth & getting sprayed with this suspicious stuff that doesn’t feel right, especially when you’re carrying a baby. My intuition told me it wasn’t good. Sure enough, I went to Google, & Google said HELL NO!
Not being tan for my whole pregnancy was a horrific thought because I like a nice glow. After investigating other options, I found this organic spray solution that some companies use, & it’s totally non toxic.
The one I found has high quality, cruelty free, vegan products. So here’s the thing. I have yet to find a place that actually uses this sugar spray in a facility. They actually have to come to your house which is a real bitch because it costs more.
However, it’s also great having them come to your house because you can listen to a podcast while they do it & it saves you driving time.
It is pricey though- about $140. Instead of doing to every week, or every 2 weeks like you normally do, I would recommend only doing this for special events. I had this organic spray tan before the Hello Wellness Event & before my baby shower ( details coming soon ).
Anyways when you’re looking for a company that does this in your area, you want to Google vegan & cruelty free spray tan. I’ve been using Golden Glo Organics in LA ( ask for Meygan ) & Blush Tan Organics in San Diego.
They’ll come to your house & set up a tent, & then they spray you down in it. I like to go totally naked but wear the paper underwear they give you. They also give you nose plugs so you don’t breath anything in & be sure to wear the sticky feet too. There’s nothing worse than getting a spray tan & leaving with your feet all brown.
If you’ve been reading TSC for a while, you know that I always ask for violet tones because it pops the whites of the eyes & teeth. Always say NO orange & red tones.
Something about using the sugar spray when I’m pregnant just feels so much better than the chemical shit. As I said, I’m not doing this every week because it’s expensive but I think for special occasions it’s worth it. I mean, the other options are laying in the sun, not being tan, or laying in chemicals. I’ll take the organic sugar tan please.
Benefits of an Organic Spray Tan
♡ non toxic
♡ no chemical odor
♡ no synthetic colors, oils, fragrances, parabens, alcohol
♡ most are vegan & cruelty free
♡ hydrates skin
Now, if you’re not pregnant, I’ve got a ton of spray tan tips for you.
<35>Spray Tan Tips
Shave & Dry Brush Before
Ok this seems rather obvious but let’s go over it just in case. Shave everything you need to shave BEFORE you spray tan ( I like to shave the night before I go into the spray booth ). Dry brushing is what I live for, seriously it’s life-changing, so I can’t go too long without it. I always dry brush RIGHT before I spray tan to exfoliate & ensure the tan goes on evenly.
Also, I wait 2 days to dry brush again after a spray tan which makes me cry because I love dry brushing SO much but hey, beauty is pain.
Get A Manicure After, Pedicure Before Or Do The ‘claw.’
This one’s a weird one but if you’re getting a manicure, get it after. But if you’re getting a pedicure, get it before.
Manicure after because the spray tan sometimes ruins it or makes it chip faster.
Pedicure before because the massage ruins the tan & makes it look like half of your leg is tanned and the other half is pale. Can everyone picture this?
Also, for the record, I do this weird thing because I’m always running late ( & it’s more cost-effective): I get something called a polish change. Basically it’s $5 dollars for hands & $7 dollars for toes. My nail salon guy will just paint my nails instead of the whole massage, file, etc.
It’s so quick & perfect if you’re constantly on the go. Ask your nail salon for a polish change if you’re interested.
This makes it fine to do a pedicure AFTER because I’m only getting a paint job. If you’re getting the full on pedicure, do it BEFORE.
If you’re like me & getting a paint job toe job ( I made this phrase up ), get it after the spray tan. Because there’s no foo-foo massage.
Am I making sense?
NOW, if you’re in the predicament of already having your manicure, do the claw. Yes, the claw. Like claw your hand so your nails are clawed under. If you guys need a picture of this, SNAP message me. But I’m assuming you don’t want to see me butt-naked in a spray booth with a shower cap on? Just assuming though?
PUT A TOWEL DOWN UNDERNEATH YOUR FEET.
This is my ride OR die TIP! Always request a little towel if you’re in a spray tan booth. Put it under your feet BEFORE you step in ( before because sometimes there’s like old spray tan residue which is highly annoying ).
The reason I do this is because the tanning solution gets all over the ground of the booth & makes the tan go on the bottoms of your feet which is just not pretty. At all. Just use a towel.
Trust me, people have made fun of me more than 10382574 times for forgetting.
WEAR A LIGHTWEIGHT MAXI & SOME FLIP-FLOPS ( OR SHOES THAT AREN’T CRAMPING YOUR TOES IN )
Here’s another tip…always go into the tanning salon prepared. I wear a lightweight maxi. I wear a dress just like this when I’m running errands & spraying because it’s really ideal to just throw on.
You don’t want to wear like a tight sports bra with suffocating leggings & tennis shoes. Why? Because after the tan when you put on super tight clothes, it makes marks. Nasty marks. Trust me on this because it’s happened to me five million times. Wear something light weight.
♡ Always make sure the tanning product is by Versa Spa or Mystic Tan.
♡ Remove all lotions, make-up, & jewelry before the tan.
♡ The neck area needs extra patting.
♡ Keep the spray tan solution on for at least six to seven hours before a shower.
♡ Do not wear white clothing after the tan.
♡ Wash your hands & feet after. Honest baby wipes save me here.
Another fab tip is to use Hampton Sun. Scotty Cunha recommended this & he totally delivered. ( If you haven’t listened to his podcast episodes yet, you can listen here & here. )
Hampton sun is award-winning, quick-drying & will give you a streak free tan. Plus it smells good ( just don’t wear white after ). I used it the whole time I was in the South of France, & I would just put it on my chest, take it down my arms & put it on my feet. Scotty was 100% right- I felt like a glowing goddess which is always fun.
& for all the sun worshippers out there, you know the sun is not my thing, but I still got you covered. Please oh please wear sunscreen & a huge hat.
Hot Tips From an SPF Psycho:
♡ wear a huge hat & MASSIVE sunglasses.
♡ don’t forget to put spf on your hands & eyelids.
♡ get yourself some Supergoop mist so you don’t mess up your makeup.
♡ consider tinting your windows & wearing driving gloves ( ya, psycho ).
Anyway if you’re pregnant ( or not ) I recommend checking out an organic sugar spray tan. It’s been working for me, & I always want to share little tips & hacks with you guys when I have them.
With that, I’d love to know any other tips you guys have when it comes to spray tans or getting a bronzey glow.
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