Do Spray Tans Really Work? I Tried Khloe Kardashian's Look
I am a sucker for every new trend. I can't wait to try diets, clothing, beauty tricks, and exercise regimes that celebrities tell me about.
It's no surprise I worship the ground Khloé Kardashian walks on and am willing to try any of her beauty tips. She is goals in every possible way.
On her app, she had a post about getting "bikini ready" in seven days. Obviously, getting a banging bod like KoKo's takes longer than a week — and to be honest, if you want to get "bikini ready," just put on your bathing suit and boom! You're bikini ready. However, I was open to trying her suggestions. One of her tips was getting a spray tan. She said,
Spray tans give me life and I'm not sorry about it! Self-tanner can camouflage all kinds of sh*t. When skin is darker, light doesn't reflect off it as much, making it appear smoother all around!
Good enough for me! My only previous experience with a spray tan was in the old school booth before a dance in high school. Remember, like, 10 years ago when you would stand in a box and it would paint you like a car? It was streaky, orange, and did not look good.
My skin is extremely fair and I don't tan easily. Sometimes, I feel a bit self-conscious (especially in the winter) because people can see every vein and flaw on my body.
I am not down with tanning beds — we should all be wise to the negative effects — but still want a gorgeous glow. Plus, I had some crazy tan lines on my shoulders and back that I wanted to smooth out.
I wasn't going to cheap out on this. I wanted the real Kardashian experience — a contouring spray tan done by hand. I learned spray tans have come a very, very long way.
I went to a highly recommended studio in Boston called Pure Glow Organic Sunless Tanning. I got the works by founder, Lauren.
Obvi the end result is a gorgeous glow, but I got so much more than that. The result was this insane boost of confidence I received from the amazing tan. Who knew something so small could make such an impact?
Before a spray tan, you want your skin to be clean. Exfoliate and shave everything you want to be smooth for the next couple of days. Be sure to plan ahead because everyone is going to want a piece of you, you tanned up princess. Do not put any lotions or sprays on before your tan.
Also, wear loose, dark clothing you wouldn't mind getting a little spray tan on. Most studios provide disposable thongs, but, if you're not comfortable with that, bring a pair of swimsuit bottoms.
The cool thing about being hand-sprayed is the custom contouring. The weird thing is being practically naked in front of a stranger. I went for the disposable thong and nothing else.
Although Lauren spray tans people for a living, for some reason I yelled, "Look out, I'm naked!" when she walked in.
She was very nice and didn't seem surprised by my nudeness. Once we got to talking, it wasn't awkward at all. Actually, I felt very free. The only pose I had to giggle at was the backwards squat to get the under-butt region. Ah, the things I do for beauty.
Once again, this is what these spray tanners do. You should not at all feel embarrassed in front of them — they do not care.
I remember spray tans needing time to "develop" over a couple of hours. You would leave the place looking the same, then two hours later, look like you just rolled around in dirt.
That's not the case anymore. The color you see at the salon is what you go home with. It just feels like you're being sprayed with a cooling mist. The contouring comes in handy in the stomach region. Lauren did a nice job accentuating my abs.*
*Disclaimer: I don't actually have abs, but the spray tan made it look like I had some definition. Ayyyy.
Obviously, the lighting wasn't great at the spray tan place. The image on the left is before. As you can see, I am so fair skin, the light was literally reflecting off my chest. The image on the right was immediately when I got home.
I had some gnarly tan lines from running in a sports bra and was hoping to fully cover them up. It turns out, the spray is so natural that it tans like the sun. You can see in the pics above and below, the tan lines weren't able to fully mesh with my tanner skin.
However, the color difference was definitely improved. I didn't mind the unevenness because it made my tan look more natural.
You would think I would feel self-conscious comparing myself in a swimsuit to the flawless Khloé Kardashian, but I think KoKo would encourage me to be comfortable in my own skin.
After the tan, you're not supposed to sweat or get wet. I (stupidly) did some laundry when I got home and got a little splotchiness on my chest from sweating. Listen, guys, I have to climb three flights of stairs to get to my laundry room — not easy with a heavy basket.
In hindsight, I will probably get my next spray tan in the evening so all I have to do is go home and watch Netflix.
At first, I was a bit discouraged because the tan looked great, but I felt like everything I did was making it splotchy.
My favorite moment of the spray tan was after my first shower — I waited about 48 hours. Any minor blotchiness smoothed out and the color looked awesome and super natural.
This custom spray tan definitely hit my budget a little hard. Tip included, I topped off right near $100.
Considering they have to be redone every eight to ten days, I definitely cannot live like a Kardashian. Pure Glow did have monthly unlimited packages for $165, which seemed pretty reasonable.
I felt like a freaking kween. Ugh, I loved it. My whole body looked super smooth and I felt a lot better when I wasn't wearing makeup. Confidence truly is priceless. Plus, I got the tan done before spending a weekend on the water with friends and I received rave reviews about it.
Advice And Final Thoughts
Lauren at Pure Glow gave me some great advice. First off, ask to see pictures of real clients. Those will be the best indication of the kind of work the salon does.
Second, take a look at the ingredients in the spray tan formula. Go for natural and organic formulas so you're not spraying your skin with chemicals.
All in all, I would definitely do this again. I loved the result, and will definitely return. Considering the cost, it will probably be more of a special occasion thing than my daily slay game.
I will keep taking Khloé Kardashian's advice on everything, thanks for asking.