What I Do: I tan in both the tanning bed and I spray tan.
Since I'm already pretty dark and don't burn easily, I usually switch between the highest level regular bed (UVB bed) and the "bronzing" bed (UVA bed). The difference between a UVA and UVB bed is that a UVA bed emits UVA rays and they penetrate your skin deeper giving you a darker, longer lasting tan. You need to have a decent base tan before using this bed though. A UVB bed can also get you a good tan, but the UVB rays that are emitted from this bed don't penetrate your skin as deeply and it doesn't last as long. The UVB bed will get you darker, the UVA bed will bronze you. I also switch between the lay down and stand up booth because if you only do the lay down it's hard to tan your armpits and you can also get white spots due to the pressure points on your back/butt.
There are two different types of spray tan booths available to use at my tanning salon.
The Versa Spa is my personal favorite. It's newer, more open (especially good for those that don't like confined spaces) and gives me great color payoff. I like that it has a built in heater and the tanning liquid is always distributed evenly.
The Mystic Tan booth isn't bad either, but like I said I use the Versa Spa much more often. The Mystic Tan booth is more closed in and it's a little more outdated. Supposedly you can get darker color using the Mystic Tan but I haven't noticed a difference.
For each spray tan booth there are 3 levels of color. 1 is the lightest color and 3 is the darkest. Because I already have a good tan, I always do level 3. This really helps darken my tan and gives me that extra boost of color. If you want to know more about spray tanning let me know in the comments below and I can write about the process, before, during, and after. :)
Where I Go: Currently I go to LA Tan. They have a ton of locations, great beds, and they're very close to my house. They have competitive pricing and are overall a great company. My favorite company is Ultimate Exposure as they have beds that are a little bit newer but they are much more expensive. I always get memberships as it's cheaper and they are billed to my credit card automatically each month.
How Often: I tan in the tanning bed 2-3 times per week and spray tan about once a week, sometimes once every 2 weeks.
What Products I Use: Currently I rotate between a bunch of different products. By rotating products, your body doesn't get used to one lotion and I can get over that "tanning plateau" and really achieve my darkest color. Here is a quick run down of what I've been using currently:
Trinity 3 (Devoted Creations): This lotion is an intense tingle, triple bronzer lotion with silicone emulsion. It does have a strong tingle so if you don't like tingle or have never used a tingle tanning lotion, I wouldn't recommend this. For people that have used a tingle lotion before and like a strong tingle, this lotion gives off amazing color and it's one of my favorites.
Saving Face (Designer Skin): This is a tanning lotion specifically for your face. It's fragrance free, hypoallergenic, enriched with CoQ-10, Vitamin C, Carrot Oil, and soothing botanical oils. It's potent antioxidants minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This lotion is super gentle on the face but still gives good color, even to acne prone people like me or people with sensitive skin.
Those are the top 4 lotions I'm using currently. I've used sooo many different lotions throughout my tanning experience (lol) so if you want a lotion review blog of all the lotions I've used, leave a comment and I'd be happy to do that. :)
Why I Tan: I tan because it makes me feel good about myself. Tanning is a confidence booster for me. I think everyone looks better with a little color on their skin. This is my personal opinion.
Here are some pics of my tan:
|taken the other day (I use the heart sticker to see how tan I'm getting.)|
|my arm next to Tom's arm. (he doesn't go tanning.)|
|a pic of me with Lexi last year when I was spray tanning a lot.|
Well I think I pretty much covered everything. If you want me to go more in depth with things like lotion reviews, tanning salon reviews, etc. let me know and I'd be happy to write a separate post about it. For all of my readers that also tan, let me know what you do and what products you use.