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Spray Tan

UPDATE: BEFORE and AFTER pictures below!!!

I don’t even know if I want to share this… but here it goes.  I got a spray tan! 

Here’s the thing… I love being tan.  I grew up in Los Angeles.  When my friends Carrie and Becky started driving, our first trips were to the beach.  We all used to meet at Huntington Beach, lifeguard station 17.  The things we did to get a tan, now that I think about them, were absurd!   They included: staying at the beach for about 5-6 hours using only baby oil, baby oil with iodine (I don’t know the rational, I was young and stupid), Hawaiian Tropic SPF 0, and nothing at all.  Crazy right? 

In Boston, we had beautiful beaches like Singing, Crane, Nauset, Surfside, and West Dennis.  They were a bit far, a full day trip.  So when I only had a couple hours, I headed to Revere or Wollaston

Then in Charlotte, we first lived at the apartments at Phillips Place.  The pool there was open year round.  When the thermometer went above 70, I’d lounge in shorts and a t-shirt.  At 75, I’d be in a bathing suit.  By this time, at least I was using sunscreen.

Now to the present; we live in a condo complex with no pool.  For the past two years, I’ve crashed my friends’ pools (thank you Tim, Ben, Heather, Brian, Katie and Mike).  But this winter has been brutal.  No January or February ‘sunning’ days.  And I’m starting to freak-out more about looking leathery.  So when a friend recently told me she got a spray tan and the results were inconspicuous, I though, perfect.  I tried it.

Poor Paola, the hot girl at Palm Beach Tan, had to counsel me for a good half-hour before I felt comfortable enough to do it.  Fortunately, my tweet asking for advice resulted with me, at least, arriving fully exfoliated.

It was a weird experience.  You go into the booth wearing only a hairnet and this ‘air brush thing’ sprays you from top to bottom.  It was cold!  It was quick!  But the results, pretty darn good.  Good enough that I’d do it again.  I’ll have to, it only last for about a week.  I look tan and I didn’t have to freak out about wrinkles.

(Before and after spray tan.  The kids… they’re good props.  I’m kidding!)

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29 Responses to “Spray Tan”

  1. Sharon says:

    Not to sound completely obsessed but… I also have been known to spray tan on occasion, and you should try the VersaSpa at Palm Beach Tan. It’s heated! And the mist is finer. And it even dries you off! Totally worth the extra $5.

  2. Alex says:

    Welcome to the dark side!! I’m an addict.

  3. Jules says:

    Hot mama!
    Love the addition of the pictures.
    I, too, love to be tan. I’ve never tried the spray tan. I’m intrigued…

    • suetran says:

      i have to say i was a huge skeptic but i kinda like it. and i have a huge fear of wrinkling now that ‘i’m older!’ try it! i went to palm tan on park/woodlawn. talk to sharon or alex. they’re both self-professed addicts. i wish i’d talked to them first… i wouldn’t have been such a nervous nelly!!

  4. Omer Ganga says:

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  5. Mike Parsons says:

    Does Joe know about this? :-).

    • Joe Romanelli says:

      Know about it, I support it fully. I’m working with palm beach tan to see if I can add different colors to the spray so I can go as an oompa loompa for halloween. stay tuned

  6. Brandi says:

    I love spray tanning. I usually have a technician spray me, instead of a booth, but still love the results. If you are worried about how long your spray tan will last you can use a spray tan extender. I use Body Armor, by EnvyTan. This spray tan extender contains DHA which is the active ingredient in spray tanning solutions. It makes my tan last several days longer and it fades very evenly.

  7. carrie says:

    what? I distinctly remember using spf4 when we were in high school! You used that awfully sweet smelling oil stuff.

    So, did you smell funny afterwards? Whenever I’ve used any type of tanner my skin smells like sulfur to me.

  8. becky says:

    what? I distinctly remember using spf4 when we were in high school! You used that awfully sweet smelling oil stuff.

    So, did you smell funny afterwards? Whenever I’ve used any type of tanner my skin smells like sulfur to me.

    • suetran says:

      i love the smell of that oil stuff. and maybe it was spf 4 but that was only after 2 hours of no sunscreen! we were bad!
      i did smell a bit funky after the spray tan (not horrible but i noticed it!) … but only if i stuck my nose right onto my skin for a sniff. i am thinking of going in again for another spritz!
      tan w/o wrinkles… i kinda liked it!

  9. Katie says:

    You better not spray tan before your next trip to China. They already think you’re too tan.

  10. Ben Cubadgee says:

    Mmmm this is really good. If you ever need some spray tanning tips, feel free to check out my site at

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