The holidays are over, and it’s back to reality. Sadly, the months of January and February can be dull, and cold with little or no sunshine in sight. That results in pale skin and we can’t have that now, can we?
I can tell you as a former tanning bed aficionado, I wish I’d listened to the people who told me to avoid the sun.
Years later, hyper-pigmentation, a.k.a. “dark spots” is a part of my life. I can also tell you as a New York State Licensed Esthetician, that the sun can be bad. Sure, the Vitamin D benefits are wonderful for the mood, but those UVA and UVB rays can wreak havoc on your skin and hair.
In layman terms, UVA rays age you. They cause your skin to say, “Bye-Bye collagen” and “Oh, hello wrinkles!”
The UVB rays are the ones that burn your skin causing dryness, peeling, irritation and lots of damage.
The problem? Having a tan looks really good, so what’s the solution?
The concept of a spray tan is not new, but the improvement in recent years in spray tan color and longevity is remarkable. It’s no longer orange, the color range is expansive, and it doesn’t smell bad.
Bronze Boutique and Spa is a spray tan only salon located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and I was fortunate to visit this little gem “to get my color on”.
The first thing that I loved about Bronze Boutique, is that they only do spray tans. Airbrush or machines, they are experts. I opted for the airbrush so that I could spend some time with Amber, an airbrush expert, who helped me get that just off the beach glow.
I met with Amber for a few minutes before my session to discuss what kind of color I wanted, and how deep I wanted the tan to be. I opted for a bronzed, sun kissed look.
I was then brought to a small room, instructed to remove my clothing, use disposable bikini bottoms and get ready for a treatment that would be completed in five minutes.
Using a SunFx solution, Amber airbrushed tan solution twice over my body and once over my face. I requested one time over my face so that my make up at home would still match my skin tone. After five minutes of application, which included contouring, I was instructed to dry in front of fans and then get dressed. I was told that in the two to five hours it takes for the solution to set, that the color may look very dark and. Not to worry. After rinsing, the excess solution will come off and bronze, beautiful color will be what’s left.
That is just what happened.
It’s important to note that you should exfoliate your skin before your treatment. I used a lemon and sugar scrub, wear loose, dark clothing to and from the service and don’t expect to shower or perspire for at least two hours after the airbrush.
I waited seven hours before showering and Amber was right. The color was gorgeous.
I have just enough of a glow, that I look like I’ve escaped the winter without looking like I’m great friends with George Hamilton.
My skin is thanking me, since I saved it from some damaging rays.
When you’re in New York, make sure to check them out.
Bronze Boutique and Spa
330 East 65th Street
NY, NY 10065
Tel: (212) 319-5805
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Writing. Angela also has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
Angela is currently creator of Circuit Cosmetics, a Brand Ambassador for luxury beauty line, Patchology, an On Air Guest for QVC and blogger for www.thelaughinmommy.blogspot.com.
In her spare time you can find Angela running, spinning, practicing yoga or getting beautified. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her Husband, Son, and Chihuahuas.