I have always been a sun/pool junkie. My ideal day is to lay by the pool with tanning oil and soak up the sun with my Sonic drink. I have olive toned skin, and I tan very quickly. My dad is the same way. My mom on the other hand, didn't inherit the best skin in the world. She has had quite a few skin cancers removed, and needs to go to the dermatologist more often. She grew up with a pool and would use tanning beds, but now she has to be so protective of her skin.
In college, I worked the 3-midnight shift at Vivint for the sole purpose of being able to go to the pool in the morning. I would wake up at 9am and take my breakfast down to the pool. I would stay at the pool until 2pm. This happened every day, unless I didn't work and then I would stay until 4 or 5. I was so tan. My skin started having a reaction to how much sun I was getting though, and I was getting weird blisters on my back and the inside of my arms were getting spotty. I knew that I needed to calm down my sun exposure. Since then, I've been more careful about wearing sunscreen and hats when I'm outside. My makeup has 30 SPF in it, and I put on a SPF30 sunscreen lotion on my face prior to putting on my makeup just to stay safe. I haven't had a tanning membership in 3 years, and I even have a tanning bed in my basement that hasn't even been touched (it's my in-laws, but they're in the process of moving/building so it's being stored in our basement).
Now here I am-22 years old. I
am was the palest (is that a word?) I have ever been, and I honestly was not okay with it! I kept telling myself that I'll just use the tanning bed, and worry about the consequences later. I mean hello! it's February, you're going to be pale in the doom and gloom of winter, but I just needed some vitamin D-or at least some sort of color on my skin so I don't scare away the 3 year olds that we teach at church. Thankfully I found August Lush on Instagram! And now I feel like I owe them my first born child because I LOVE their spray tan, and I feel so much better with color on my skin! I used the dancing with the stars performance tan and their mitt that you can find HERE. Prior to using my spray tan, I watched their video HERE, and I made sure to read the directions that were in the box they shipped. I put a towel down on my bathroom floor that I didn't care about, and I made sure to spray each area one at a time and then rub in the solutions evenly. I did this once over, and made sure everything looked okay. Then, I used my blow dryer to set the solution better so I wouldn't get it all over my bed sheets, and then I slept in baggy clothes that night. The next morning I got up and took a shower (without soap), and TADA! I was SO happy with the color! It's definitely not orange, and it's such a nice subtle tan that I feel like it's summer again. I have always been nervous to try spray tanning because I've heard, and seen, horror stories. Since my mom has had skin cancer, I have made a promise to myself that I would take better care of my skin, even if it means less time in the sun. Thankfully, I love August Lush and their spray tan because it is a healthier alternative for your skin, and I can still have that summer tan that I've always loved.
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