Being Irish and fair skinned beyond belief, I of course get a sun burn at
the mere thought of going out into the sun. When I was a teenager, I
literally burned so badly that I had blisters on my shoulders several
times. So, couple that with learning that sun exposure, especially
burning to that extreme, is a major contributor to skin cancer and I was
looking for something that would help me look tan without the health side
effects. I finally decided to try airbrush tanning after hearing about
it several times.
I was probably in high school when the self tanners made the big splash
onto the scene. I tried those, but the early days left something to be
desired. I ended up looking like an Oompa Loompa from Willy Wonka on
several occasions. You could always tell which poor souls tried this
method because their knee caps and hands were stained orange, and you
could see the streaks from a mile away. The only good thing was that
none of the products at the time really worked, so if you tried one and
ended up looking all orange you weren’t going to be alone. While it was
a good idea (and still is), there certainly were kinks that needed to be
Before my wedding, I upgraded to a department store brand and thought
that maybe things had changed. This was before the advent of airbrush
tanning, so this was the best option. Let’s just say that luckily I
tried this a few weeks before my wedding so that there was enough time
for the orange and streaks to wear off. It seems as if the people that
need these products most – the pale and pasty – are the ones that can’t
use them because of the orange side effects. I’ve seen some people using
them to just achieve a more bronzed look, and they look perfectly fine.
Not so in my case.
Finally, a year ago I tried airbrush tanning using a gift certificate to
a local spa. I will never ever use another tanning product again, and I
don’t feel the need to go out into the sun unprotected to achieve a sun
kissed glow. Sure, airbrush tanning has its drawbacks, like that it only
lasts about two weeks or so, but if you ever have a special event or are
willing to drop the money regularly, airbrush tanning is leaps and bounds
above self applied self tanners.