Must see Spray Tan! Yes sir, that is what I said.
Most of us have visited a tanning salon and enjoyed the occasional sunless suntan. My wife enjoys the tanning beds, but for me it is the spray tanning booth. I can still remember my first time, and it was an experience.
I am sort of like a biker dude, well more like Erik the Red, (cause of my skin tone) and I felt a little embarrassed going into a “tanning salon”. I figured I would man up, go in, get my spray tan and get the hell out before I was ever seen. Wrong! And I really I knew deep down it would not be that easy.
I know what you are thinking, why do I want a “spray tan” to begin with? It is because I live in Florida and we are supposed to look tan. You say, “you are in Florida, go to the beach!” Two problems with that. First, if it isn’t summer and the water isn’t above 80 degrees I’m not going and second (and the real reason) I have the skin type of a red head, meaning I do not tan but turn burnt red with freckles. With my skin type it just isn’t a good idea.
Back to my story. As I was waiting my turn to talk to the 12 year old working the front desk for a time that felt like an eternity, I kept thinking, bad idea, bad idea, just turn around and get out. Then I heard from the 12 year old, “Can I help you sir?” Too late now I had my chance. “Yes, I would like a spray tan please”. Then she asked “What number are you?” “What number am I?” I replied. “I guess number one since I’m the last one standing here”. No, what spray setting number are you? Have you ever been here before? No, is that a problem? Then she said “You have to watch a movie”. A movie for what? I asked. She said “To see what to do in the tanning booth”. “Go sit over there with them and I will put the movie on”. Them were three teenagers not old enough to drive but old enough to text the hell out of their cell phones. I watched the movie. I did not know you had to go through so much just for a spray tan.
I’m starting to get concerned about all the things I learned in the video. The tanning spray going up my nose, which way am I suppose to hold my arms and hands? Am I going to turn around around when I am supposed to? Am I going to have some places darker than the others because of the way I put on that lotion stuff? Am I going to be able to hold my breath long enough for the spray tan mist to clear the air? Like I said, bad Idea.
I did survive the ordeal and that first spray tan looked damn good if I should say so. As I left, I asked the 12 year old at the front desk what spray number I was for future reference. She said that was no longer necessary because I was in their computer. Great!
That first tan was the last good spray tan I had received from a spray booth in a tanning salon! Beginners luck I would say. I bought the month pass and used it twice a week. After the first perfect tan all the others looked fake. I tried another tanning salon. Same deal, fake. I looked like a carrot stick. I had given up and…
Then I happened upon mobile spray tanning. More precisely “5 Star Mobile Tans” owned and operated by Sandra Torrez. Right from the get go I liked the idea. She comes to you. No longer will I be seen at a “beauty salon” as my bud’s call it. The next big plus is Debra the owner is an adult. No longer do I have to sit there and listen to teenagers talking about teenager stuff. I felt like a grandpa infringing on their privacy and that’s the employee’s!
Now let us get to the spray tan. It is a hundred times better, a hundred times! When I first contacted Sandra about a spray tan I asked how this would be accomplished without a spray tan booth. She said that she uses a tent and a spray gun. Immediately I’m thinking an old smelly tent out in the 100 degree heat on the driveway with a person painting me with a Wagner portable spray gun from Sears. “That’s gonna suck” I said. “No, no” she said. It’s not a tent, tent. It’s a special vented three-sided enclosure that is put up in your house or office. And the spray gun is not a Wagner as she laughed but a specially designed high tech sprayer just for spray tans. Boy, I felt relieved.
The spray tan
One of the problems I was having at the tanning salons was the consistency of the tan. There could be a difference of four shades or more between the tans. Most of the tans were disappointing, but I was after the very first perfect spray tan that got me hooked. By using the special spray tan “gun”, Sandra with her knowledge and experience, adjusted it perfectly for me and my skin tone. There was no guessing. She directed me when to turn and how to position for the best tan for me. By having a spray tan gun it gave her perfect control over the spray amount and its location. No more weird fingernails or hands and feet colors. This was great! I finally got that perfect spray tan for me. The entire process took about two minutes. I’m a big guy and thought it would have taken a lot longer. Even my wife is impressed about my natural looking spray tan.
Sandra gave my wife and I interesting facts about the spray tan products she uses. Apparently, there are quite a few spray tan products out there and they are not all equal. All of her products are more than just for tanning. They are actually healthy for your skin. She says all of her solutions comes from a line of skin care products that are 100% paraben free and made from a blend of organic herbs and botanical plant extracts, so they moisturize and hydrate the skin throughout the airbrush tanning process. “Cool” I said. She has added green and white tea extracts that boost the skin’s immune function and adds protection against the damaging effects of sun exposure. The tea extracts are rich in anti-oxidants, they are also believed to provide anti-aging benefits. Well doggie! She had me at “perfect spray tan.”
Like I mentioned at the beginning, I am a biker. Not a real biker, I have a job. But my main transportation is a Harley. Every year I have friends along with their wives that stay for Bike Week. Truth is, after participating in so many biking events, it has become passee (boring) for the women. It used to anyway. Sandra mentioned to my wife about the possibility of a “Tanning” party. What a great idea! Now, each year the women look forward to the “spray tan” party with laughing and drinking and having a good time (without us men) and we look forward to terrorizing the town without the women. What a great bonus!
So, if you are looking for a perfect spray tan or maybe just want to have a good time doing something different, give Sandra Torrez of 5 Star Mobile Tans a call and tell her I sent you.
Orlando’s oldest mobile tanning salon. 5 Star Mobile Tans’ solution comes from a line of skin care products that are 100% paraben free and made from a blend of organic herbs and botanical plant extracts, so they moisturize and hydrate the skin throughout the airbrush tanning process. So, if you are looking for an “Amazing” sunless tan, give Sandra a call at (407) 479-8267 or visit her website for more info at http://www.5starmobiletans.com/index.htm
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