Sunless Love <3
Awww spring is finally close enough to touch and I'm so very happy about that! I love to see the spring flowers and warmer temps coming back slowly and people are starting to uncover a little now.
As every spring I like to post a reminder of spring tips to get the most out of your sunless tan. For the most part we have been covered up thru another Seattle winter. Now its time to start up with our beauty routine for the upcoming summer season.
One very important habit to get into is exfoliating and make it a habit...period. Its the only beauty secret that is practically free... ok so a puff is a couple bucks. BUT the rewards are glowing skin that is softer and less dull and flaky...so much prettier than flakes. Yikes!
When prepping for your tan make sure to do it as much as you can before your session as possible, gently but thoroughly. Use a good quality hydrating lotion everynight up till your appt. Remember to use oil based exfoliants 48hr or more ahead of time to make sure the residue is off your skin. Get those mani/Pedi's day before and waxing 2days before your session as well. When doing sugaring you have no worries I can actually tan you right after with ease.
Keep the day of your session simple..nothing on your skin. Please do not exfoliate right before your appt. as opening up pores right before is not the best idea.
One more little tip...Stop spraying perfume directly on your chest, it leads to splotchy skin and so not attractive. (Wink!)
Cheers Lovelies and Looking forward to bringing your glow to your front door!
Crystal clear girl
In sunless tanning almost everyplace you go you have to have a bronzer included in your tan when a technician is applying it. Mostly it lets the tech see the solution go on the skin as not to miss areas of the body and instant color for the client.
Up till now mostly you had to go to a booth to get clear if they even offered it. I used to use a clear formula years ago but it was just not that popular, now there has been a new market for a clear formula. Now I offer it again but with a much improved formula from years ago.
The clear is wonderful on several levels, for those who have to go back to work right after their session and don't want to get their bronzer on their clothes. For those who may have had a bad experience with sunless tanning in the past. With a clear formula it creates a very natural looking tan, as the bronzer does add some depth to the tan in the initial first day or two after you shower. With the clear you can actually watch your color develop and decide when you want to shower. When you have the bronzer on your skin your actually darker than you appear and just trust that the end result will be what your looking for in your session. Its also great for men who want to be less obvious and want a more subtle look.
So next time your booking your session ask about the
a clear formula and see if its right for you!
I was thinking today on this beautiful sunny day here in Seattle about how much I love what I do. I think I'm pretty lucky as I run into people that really don't like what they do for a living or are just doing it because it pays good... Don't get me wrong making a good living is a very sweet thing. But at the end of the day if your miserable or complain about your job why not at least start working on something that makes you happy?
What would you do that love so much you would even do it for free? (well almost!) I love airbrushing women becuase when I have the power to help another woman feel better about how she looks...to me thats a pretty sweet deal. When I used to be a hairstylist my favorite part was meeting new clients and doing haircolor. So maybe thats why this works for me so well not far off from what I used to do but I'm much happier doing the sunless than hair. ..switch it up!
I hope you are finding happiness in what you do for a living, because really life is flying by quicker than I care to admit. So go and rock your world, do something that you think you can't do or are afraid to do! You have sooo much more potential than you give yourself credit for and have much to offer in this lifetime.
Spray tan making you break out?
Hard to believe that January is almost over and were on to February already...Well that means summer is all that much closer her in the NW right!
I wanted to chat about sunless tanning or spray tanning which ever you prefer to call it. One thing that can happen alot to women who have larger pores or inexperienced tech's is...Breakouts!
When a person has larger pores you need to adjust your amount and depth that is being sprayed, to much to close leads to dirty pores and will look like blackheads once the tan develops. The second thing that will happen is the skin will breakout as well mostly from the topical bronzer. Most spray tan business's use a bronzer in their solutions, it gives instant color and acts a a guide for the person spraying on the solution.
I offer both types of solutions for my clients as I have select clients who don't like the bronzer for various reasons. Many of my professional working clients don't want to go back to work looking different or risk getting bronzer on their clothes... so clear is the way to go!
The clear I believe produces a softer pretty tan in comparison to the bronzer as it has contact with your skin for at least 10hrs or more it will actually stain the skin somewhat. For many people they love this but if you have oilier skin, sensitive skin or prefer not to have the first "darker day" then clear would be a great option for you to try when you schedule your next session.
Hope this helps with your skin and being
Quality is everything.
What many of you don't know about the sunless industry is there are many solutions for a business to use on clients. From very cheap to high end solutions which offer a 2 for 1 skin treatment while you process. I do weekly research to know whats new on the market so that I'm using the best products I can for your tan. One amazing ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid....read on to find out about this Anti-Aging powerhouse.
A spotlight on ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid and what it does for the skin is really amazing. It something your body produces naturally but decreases as we get older. Here are just a few of the benefits of this magic Anti-Aging ingredient; It attracts and binds water within the cells in the tissue under the skin. Literally acting like a sponge to retain supple firm skintone and youthful appearance. It actually can absorb 1,000 x's its weight in water with in the skins tissue. Very few products use the amazing ingredient due to its significant cost in comparison to inferior ingredients. Not only does it deliver results it supplies the skin with superior hydration and other important elements to fight lines and wrinkles on a regular basis.
In my sunless Prep its actually the 4th ingredient which is why I call it my insurance especially dealing with winter skin in the NW. My Organic based solutions also contain Hyaluronic acid in high quantities as well as other Organic elements like Organic aloe, Organic Chinese Jojoba sees oil, Organic Caffeine seed and Organic essential oils.
So now you have an idea of why prices for a sunless tan range from 20.00 up to 75.00 or more. You do get what you pay for when looking for a sunless tan, so be a client in the know and ask your tech about the ingredients in their solutions.
Divine party girl skin!
Now that the Christmas holiday is over next up on the Calendar is NYE 2011! I wanted to give a few tips on looking amazing...whether or not your going to the hottest party in town or staying home with your sweetie.
As always first up is sloughing off that dead skin, I really can't say enough of this beauty ritual that is soooo good for your skin on many levels. Besides doing it for your sunless tan it can help with breakouts, dry skin and even lessen unevenness in the skin tone.
To give your skin more TLC and ease dry skin would be to add some essential oils to your bath, keeping the water warm not HOT which is even more drying to the epidermis. After your bath make sure to pat dry with your towel as you would when you have your sunless glow to help seal in the oils from your bath. Follow up with a high quality lotion to seal in even more moisture...your skin will feel amazing.
One easy and free thing you can do for your skin is to make sure you drink enough water. Keeping hydrated from the inside out is very important for glowing skin, it will also help your sunless tan last longer as well. My clients that use a good lotion and drink adequate amounts of H2O notice a difference in their tan lasting longer, taking more evenly (less dry patchy areas) So drink up gals!
Finally when you have made these tips part of your beauty regimen the difference in how you will feel about the biggest organ on you will be amazing. Confidence in how you feel about yourself is sexy...period!
On a serious note...Melanoma.
I realize there are still plenty of people that have the mindset it won't happen to me, the fact is that skin cancer is the fastest growing type of cancer. The young women between the ages of 22- 28 have the highest number of cases due to over use of Tanning Beds and sunbathing.
Most Americans over do it when it comes to the sun, espeically when you live in an area like Seattle. When ever the sun comes out here, seems lots of people head outside; no sunscreen mind you...and get burned. Every burn you gets ups your risk of Skin Cancer by over 50%!
On the other hand the debate especially in the NW is that we are VERY deficient in Vitamin D, we all should be taking a supplement on a daily basis. We also need natural Vit. D that the sun provides and about 10 minutes or so w/o sunscreen is plenty.
My Aunt was recently diagnosed with Brain Cancer...believe it or not it ALL started with a melanoma that they found on her arm! It was removed but the cancer unbeknown to the doctor had spread to her Brain and now part of her lung as well. My Aunt has never been a sun worshiper and is fair skin, but she loves to work in the garden and be outdoors...with sunscreen.
I mention this about my Aunt because for those of you who use tanning beds to get your "glow" you will regret it someday...it will catch up with you. Whether its from saggy skin, wrinkles, sun spots or worse skin cancer the clock is ticking. I hope this makes you think next time you stop by your local tanning salon....GO Sunless its the only way to get a Safe Tan...Period.
Thanks for listening!
Happy December to you!
I'm just giddy with excitement over my new services and my new Royalty cards! I put alot of thought into what I could offer my clients that would save them money and give back.
My new Royalty cards (a play on Loyalty) is a special card that after you purchase only 5 tans you get a free one! The card is good for a year as well so its very easy to get a free tan.
My new VIP memberships are hot and people are loving the concept of saving money, getting product discounts and even family members getting a discount and more!
When you book your appointment make sure to ask for your new card...its free!
Happy Holidays Lovelies!
My Olive oil girls!
A little tip for those of you using products for oily skin or acne like ProActive, over the counter medications for acne or Retin-A
These products will remove a tan fast from the face unfortunately, They are designed to keep the skin free of dead skin cells, excess oil to keep break outs to a minimum.
If you are using any products that are prescribed by a dermatologist or doctor then its VERY important to let your artist know this beforehand. They can lead to a spotty or splotchy tan on your face and chest area. When using these products of course they will get on your hands and remove the tan from there as well. :/
For Brides talk to your doctor about going off the Retin-A before your wedding and getting a sunless tan 2-3 weeks before hand is the best as the medication take awhile to get out of your system especially if you have been on it for awhile.
One more thing for those of you with large pores on your face, chest and neck area...its a good idea to have your face sprayed lighter or with a clear solution so you do not get "dirty pores" once the solution is done processing it will look like you have blackheads. NOT a pretty thing!
A helping hand...for local charity
Join me this holiday season to help some very deserving women in our community. Every year I choose a charity that I would love to help and find that I can help alot more thru my wonderful clients.
Its a win win situation, you receive a discount on your service in exchange for your donation to this years wonderful charity....Jubilee womens Center in Seattle.
Visit their site and look up stuff on their wish list, you donate and I will take 10.00 off your session. IF you donate the equivelent of the cost of my session then your sunless tan is FREE! :) So lets rock the house for a wonderful cause this Holiday season.
Thanks and Cheers!
Loving what I do and keeping busy with my wonderful clients and my 4yr old daughter. I'm very blessed and grateful!!