Let’s face it, ladies: we all look better with a bit of a glow, but the trials of maintaining a healthy tan are fraught with skin cancer risks, nasty scents and orangey streaks. I’ve had my share of run-ins with self-tanner, and even tried Mystic Tan in a spray tanning booth, but one thing I hadn’t done? Custom airbrush tanning. Jenny at ChromaTan right here in lovely Phoenix, Arizona introduced me to the wide world of airbrush tans and how superior they can be to other tanning options.
ChromaTan specializes in products from Aviva Labs, which are high-quality airbrush tanning products. Jenny told me one advantage is they do not contain oil, which acts as a repellent and would make the spray tanning less effective. She even came out to my home to tan me for my convenience – how awesome is that?
Jenny noticed that I was vampirically pale (the winter has gotten to me), so she opted for a shade from Aviva called Winter Glow, meant to naturally warm up us pale chicks without getting that unseasonable Real Housewives look. To answer the question on everyone’s lips, yes, you do have to strip down, but Jenny made me feel totally comfortable. Plus, I was surprised at how affordable airbrush tanning can be – pricewise, it’s comparable to Mystic and the value is better since you’re custom-tanned by someone who can see where you need touchups, etc.
I was worried that Winter Glow might be a bit too wimpy (after all, I’m a beauty girl and I don’t mind looking a bit “done”), but Jenny was right on target – the shade came out perfectly. I was instructed to leave the bronzer on for the next six hours and that a bit would rinse off in the shower (much like Mystic), but that after my tan would remain for 7 days. I loved the aftereffect immediately, and now that I’m on Day 3 post-tan, I’ve noticed zero fading! I am a happy, tan camper.
If you’re an Arizona girl and you’d like to get an affordable non-carcinogenic glow, check out Jenny at ChromaTan. She’s flexible, mobile and delivers a totally killer tan all year round! I am IN!