make me glow

For all of you who have been following my crazy friends and their comments, no, I do not look like Ross after being spray tanned.

I'm pale. I am. It's just how it is. I apparently inherited the pale portion from my mixed roots from Croatia, Hungary and Poland. My mom is more olive toned and can tan after an hour in the sun and so can my brother. Well, my dad is the opposite and I'm somewhere in the middle - I do burn but I tan at the same time.

After reading a scary Allure article and hearing about Alexa from Cleveland's a Plum friend (in Glamour too), I vowed to quit indoor tanning FOR GOOD.

I was done. Quit cold turkey. With all the sunless lotions and bronzer, I've made my way through the winter with my natural skin tone and knowing I will look less of an old hag than those who tan year round as I age.

Do I lay out? Yes, in moderation. I wear SPF 45 all over and huge glasses or a hat to protect my face. I'm all for plastic surgery. A little nip here and there, but I don't want to need a full face lift by the time I'm 40. Do you know how many Louis Vuitton bags I can have for that price tag??? Or beach vacations? Or dirty vodka martinis?

So after the beautiful Cleveland weather we had this past weekend, a friend brought my new favorite tanning salon to my attention - Glow Tan & Spa. I tried it out and loved it. There are three levels - natural, medium and dark. Like I said, I'm like Casper so I opted for the natural color. Plus, I'm not trying to look like Paris Hilton or Tara Reid.

Before looking at a pasty white arm.

After looking at a glowing arm.

After looking at a glowing face!

If you are in the Cleveland area and want a nice glow for the rainy week, head over to Glow and make an appointment with my new friend Callie.


alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

look at you girl!

don't worry you still look pasty next to me in the SMC video.

hey, at least you are skinny! : p

Anonymous said...

awesome! how much?

Fizzgig said...

how long does a fake tan last? The only reason I wont switch, is I feel good inside when I tan. I need the vitamin D....or whatever it is that makes you feel good! You know the sun also makes you want to copulate?

Yea, I heard that on the Dr's.

Allison M. said...

alexa - i'm getting there.

Anon - 3 sprays for $55.

Fizzgig - She said 7 to 10 days. They have this lotion you can buy for $20 but I skipped that portion. The only parts that look orange are the creases in my hands.

~*~Lilly~*~ said...

Wow! what a fabulous change! I so need to do the spray. I am a pasty color of neon white (if that's possible) & am sick of everyone telling me i look "tired" aka like shit. I just gave up the beds this year too.

Michelle said...

Yay!! You listened to me!! And it looks great! I just showed John and he said "THANK GOD!!!" hahaha

P.S. I love that I'm referenced again and not just in the BJ Tues/Thurs piece!!

lbluca77 said...

I have never done the spray tan before. Maybe I should give it a try, just as long as i don't get addicted and become tanorexic.

Ashley said...

Hmmm....this is intriguing. You look great - and not orange, which is what usually happens to me.

I may have to give this a try.

Allison M. said...

Lilly - YES! Give up the tanning beds. I don't feel tired but I need darker lipgloss.

Michelle - you will love it too.

lbluca77 - i don't think you will. just as long as you aren't organerxic.

ashley - Multiple people have said they expected me to be orange. I'm not at all.

Katelin said...

oh that looks pretty good. not too bad at all.

jennster said...

i think it looks awesome!!!

Christina K said...

a) I read last year's Glamour story on skin cancer during my honeymoon in Punta Cana (which I got spraytanned for). I promptly moved under a palm tree.

b) I am pasty as hell, but not ready to start my spray tan regime (I've being using L'Oreal Sublime in spray form) because I'm lazy.

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