Recently a photographer thought it would be a good idea for my pale ass to get a spray tan. The only time I ever got a spray tan was over 4 years ago for a Chris Rock movie that I was an extra in, haha.
Anyway, I drive by tanning salons that say “Organic Spray Tan” all the time, so I figured I’d give it a try. It’s hard to get a proper tan living in Los Angeles due to the dry climate. It just doesn’t “stick” on me, haha. In humid climates, I get color in like 5 mins. There actually is truth to this, it’s not just me, I looked it up…
Moving on, I made an appointment at a salon which will remain nameless, and when I got there I signed a waiver that, I admit, I totally did not read. I did talk to the sprayer briefly about the chemicals in the solution as I knew it wasn’t fully organic and just confirmed that verbally. It was as if I didn’t really want to know what was in it some reason. I was a bit hesitant, but I just got sprayed anyway. As I was getting sprayed I knew it was toxic. When I got home the waiver was emailed to me and had the ingredients listed below.
Moral of the story, read the waiver and really listen to yourself. I’m super picky about these kinds of things and I still mess up once in a blue moon. Never put anything on your body that is toxic or that you don’t feel good about. The general rule is, if you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin. There is no such thing as an Organic Spray Tan.
The best way to get some color is to bake in the sun for 10-15 mins using an organic oil like coconut and/or raspberry seed with natural occuring SPF and aloe follwed by 10-15 break and cool/cold shower or bath. You can repeat the cycle one more time if you wish and that should be enough. Be sure to stay hydrated and moisturized!!
Below are the not-so organic ingredients that were in my “organic” spray tan:
Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Organic
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic
Oat Amino Protein
Juglans Regia (Walnut) Extract
FD&C Red #40
FD&C Yellow #5