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Getting A Terrific Tanning Experience

Apr 26, 2008
Everything is not always what it seems when you decide to get some type of indoor tanning procedure. I have learned this first hand, and what an experience it turned out to be. While I can laugh about it now, I was very humiliated for a long time about the entire experience. I learned a valuable lesson that day - never assume anything when it comes to tanning.

Airbrush tanning does involve your body being sprayed with a very safe type of color. It will continue to get darker after about 24 hours. The results will last an average of seven to ten days. You will get the longest results if you exfoliate before you arrive for your tanning session. In my case, this is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to hurry and have a nice looking tan before heading out of town for a few days of vacation.

I had read some information online about this, or so I thought. I had imagined that this process would involve me stepping into a booth and being sprayed with the tanning solution. Since it was to last for seven to ten days I would be all set for the duration of my travels. When I made the appointment over the phone all I was told was to wear an old bra and underwear if I wasn't planning to tan in the nude.

When I arrived at the tanning salon the staff was very friendly. They showed me where to go to get undressed. They said someone would be with me in a minute. I should have wondered right then what was going to take place right? Well, I found out soon enough that it was a far cry from what I had in mind. I am sure the lady that directed me didn't have a clue that this was all new to me.

I was told to go into a room and get ready. I few minutes later I heard a knock on the door. There was a young woman I had never met with a long coat on and a small air compressor in her hand. It looked like one I use to fill up the air mattress at home when we have company. Well, she was going to be applying the tanning solution to my body in this way.

The entire process only lasted about 15 minutes. Yet as you all know, time can seem like eternity when you are in a situation that doesn't sit well with you. I think I would have rather spent that afternoon at the dentist than at the tanning salon. When she asked if I would like to schedule another appointment I told her I would call, but of course I didn't.

I do have to admit that the results from the airbrush tanning session were very good. I was able to enjoy my vacation with a very nice color on my skin. Yet I never did go back for another session. I enjoy my privacy way to much for that so I went back to my usual tanning bed. I also let many people know what had happened so they would be prepared if they ever decided to make such an appointment.

Make sure you know what you will get with your tanning experience. It really does pay to take a few minutes and ask questions. The owners of such facilities should also make it a point to readily offer this information. I am sure I am not the only one that had such an experience. Yet it was also something I learned from as a consumer and that has served me well.
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Betty P Davis writes about the ins and outs of the tanning spa business. You can avoid the rookie mistakes many new operators make when they open a tanning salon.
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