I’ll never forget my first spray tanning experience – I really had no idea what to expect, did absolutely zero research and expected to come out glowing like I’d just spent a week in Cabo, or a tangerine.

My friend had been to the Luxe Body Spa for a spray tan, and when I commented how good she looked she suggested I had one done too. I said that was a good idea. Needless to say, I was blithely unaware that there were awkward (nearly naked) yoga poses involved, and that I had to wash the solution off before I would have an even golden glow, so wearing a white romper was probably a poor choice.

Thankfully, the crew at Blush Tan was super accommodating to my amateur ways, and after a few visits to their boutique, I feel like I am getting the hang of things! Personally, I love their Super Express Spray Tan that you can wash off after 2 hours, and has all sorts of magical powers like minimizing cellulite, and wrinkles.

Oh, and did I mention each color is custom made to your skin tone?! So no need to fear that you will leave the place looking like an oompa-loompa! Screw the romper, I was ready to prance around in the blush – the tan looked so natural and lasted for days!

I’m seriously hooked! If you are local to San Diego, they are a must. But if you live in the Sydney area then you have to check out Beauty on Park Street!! To help you prep for your spray tanning experience (the right way) here are a few tips and trips I’ve picked up from the experts along the way:

Blush Tan Pro Tip #1: Use lotion the day before – because you can’t use lotion the day of your treatment or until you wash it off!

Blush Tan Pro Tip #2: Exfoliate the day of – This is super key, because it is literally giving the tan a blank slate to adhere to so to speak. Blush makes this AH-mazing coffee scrub exfoliant, perfect for getting you prepped for the perfect tan!

Blush Tan Pro Tip #3: Tan Lines: If you wear your own unmentionables, make sure that the tan lines match up with your bikini, or it make for a really awkward, and visible line (if it sounds like i’m speaking from experience…thats cuz I am).

Want a little blush of your own?! Great news! If you are local (or visiting) – get 20% off a full body tan with the code ‘chicdisheveled20’!

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Don’t forget that a sunless tan is not a real one, so wear sunscreen and protect yo self and that pretty lil face!