My Favorite Spray Tanners 
and Self Tanners ...
All my tanning tricks! 

June 18, 2010:
Win a FREE Spray Tan!:
The winner has been selected! Thanks for playing everyone! And CONGRATULATIONS to Hayley H. She is one lucky lady! 

How do you win?
Simply email: TheValleyMom@gmail.com
Subject: I want to win a spray tan!
In the email you must answer this question: 
Who is The Best Spray Tanning lady according to The Valley Mom?
(The Valley Mom will pick a number out of a hat 1 - 25 and whatever number is picked will be matched to the person's email delivery number! Hurry up and email now so you can make the top 25!)

The dish on Megan:
She's my amazing spray tanning lady. I have officially tried over 20 spray tanners and I would list all of their names ... but there is just no way I would refer half of them. This one has fabulous colors, fantastic product, takes care of her products and has been in the tanning business for over 12 years, people! I use her on a regular basis as well as for every special occasion.

  • Name: Megan Goebel
  • Phone #: (805) 338-2282
  • Email: allbronze.noburn@gmail.com
  • Her studio is in Thousand Oaks - can travel to you for additional fees uoon request
  • She runs special deals on a regular basis - see her 4th of July deal below!
  • Prices do vary: $50 for a spray if you go to her and $65+  for travel prices although they can change upon location. Call or email for a quote!!! *Best deal in town for a personal sprayer!!!
  • Become a Fan on Facebook: All-Bronze-No-Burn-Airbrush-Tanning-and-Make-Up
I honestly get more questions on who I use for my spray tan than anything else beauty wise! I am constantly handing out her information as people love my color! It is so natural! You can ask Megan ANYTHING about tanning and she will have an answer for you. She knows which colors will be best suited for you depending on season and occasion. I have referred her many, many customers and anyone who has tanned with her becomes a repeat client. That's almost impossible in the tanning world. She knows how to make your feet a perfect natural look while getting every part of your body even with color. I have NEVER turned orange from her color! She also powders you when she is done so that the color dries and stays for longer. Another perk. She's amazing and I love her! You will not have any streaks or alien looking hands or feet, I promise!

* Try to book your appointment well in advance. Weekends and Weeknights are best for her.But she is happy to accommodate to the best of her ability!

Megan's 4th of July Specials
Take advantage while you can ... 

2 sessions - $80
5 sessions - $150
10 sessions - $250

Refer a friend!
For each client you refer, you will receive $5 towards your next session, package or you can use it towards retail products that will help maintain your tan days longer!
Call or email today to make your appointment
*Individual sessions are $50 each – travel to your location will incur an additional fee*
Offers good now through July 10, 2010


June 15, 2010:
My FAVORITE Self Tanner:

So, of course all you beautiful ladies out there still ask me all the time which self tanner I love and who spray tans me ... and I am finally giving you the dish on THE BEST SELF TANNING LOTION around! Hands down, there is no other lotion like this. I swear, I have personally bought over 5 in the last month, 20 in the last 6 months and you can probably estimate what the number is of self tanners I have purchased over the course of the last 15 years of self tanning! ;)

NO OTHER SELF TANNER COMPARES TO THIS ONE! And by now, I think you all know that the "Tanning Mom" knows her product! I've personally had 3 other "Valley Moms" test out the product and they all agree: WE ARE ADDICTED! Quoted from my fellow Valley Mom Team member, Lisa B "I LOVE IT! The color is so much more brown than other self tanners, lasts so much longer than all the others I use and the smell is my favorite compared to the others. Only negative - I want a bigger bottle! 6 oz jut doesn't cut it!" Bring on the Beautisol! (formerly known as Antidote)

First, when you place your latex-free gloves on and you gently rub this silky smooth product all over your body, you immediately get to see the insane color that you are ever so deliciously turning into! And you know how I love when a lotion is pre-bronzed, as you can make sure to see any spots you may have missed or any potential streaking! The color out of the bottle is a dark blackish, redish, brownish tint and that somehow turns you into an EXTREMELY natural brown color! There is absolutely NO tint of orange whatsoever! I promise! The color is the most natural I have ever seen or had in all my self tanning lifetime! It's truly INCREDIBLE! And a perk - the smell is delicious! They have a "No Smell Technology" that was developed in Europe that we are ever so lucky to have been blessed to use here! Here's a tid bit on this incredible technology:
"We utilize a cutting-edge fragrance technology, SMELL RIGHT, to neutralize and encapsulate the unpleasant processing smell or odors typically associated with self-tanning. This breakthrough solution reduces the offensive malodors by up to 80% through the balance of technology and fragrance molecules.
How did SMELL RIGHT come to be?
This technology had a very interesting start that many of us can relate to! A lead chemist at a well-known fragrance house could not stand the way his wife smelled after she applied self-tanner, so he began his extensive search to figure out precisely which fragrances neutralized the malodors and which fragrances could be used directly with DHA and not cause any interactions or to changes to the self-tanning formula. After years of testing he was finally able to seal smelly self-tanner’s fate forever! Beautisol™ is proud to introduce SMELL RIGHT technology to the U.S. market. Self-tanner users may now breathe a sigh of relief!"

If you are looking for a self tanner ... this is the one you want! This product is paraben-free and packed with powerful antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients that help nourish and hydrate the skin. I can assure you, you won't be upset you ordered it! Go to their website http://www.beautisol.com/ and order today! If you try it out and love it, become a ClubSol member where you get $5 off the retail price, FREE shipping and updates and invites to all their products and events! 
The price of a 6oz. bottle of Beautisol is $39 (that bottle lasts a tan-a-holic like me up to 10 tans which is just under 3 months for me, on average).

Buy it today and CLICK HERE to be redirected to BEAUTISOL! 

Or just click below and you can choose from both their products: Summer Glow (instantly dark) or All Season's Glow which is a more gradual glow.


xo, Happy Self Tanning!
May 15, 2010:

Spray Tanning at it's Finest!

Spray di Sole
owned by: Svetlana Feller

I met Spray di Sole's team at The Luxe Life beauty event a few weeks back. They were there as a vendor and as the Sunless Tanning Expert. Of course, this was the first and most eye-catching stop for me! I immediately started to talk with one of Svetlana's assistants who was more than kind to answer all of my very difficult and tan-tricky questions. They pride themselves in being 100% organic and natural with DHA ingredients, so I quickly made the decision to try it out for myself! A few days later I got in contact with Svetlana who is very easy to get a hold of and extremely flexible on days and times. I nervously made my appointment, I unhappily let my previous tan fade and walked into Spray di Sole's studio in Studio City and was incredibly impressed off the bat! The studio is very serene and professional. With 2 tents to choose from, I eagerly got undressed to try out yet another Spray Tan artist. Svetlana makes you feel incredibly comfortable, she's sweet, smart and easy to talk to. Best of all... she just knows what she is doing and knows A LOT about the tanning business. After our long talk and getting to know this fellow Mommy of 2 boys, I quickly learned what a big business Spray di Sole is and how this entrepreneurial, single Mom is building her dream business into a tanning empire!  She has one color to chose from, and for someone like me who is used to telling a sprayer "I would like wedding tan with a shot of double dark and a twist of mocha", she made it simple and easy by saying " I have one color and we can adjust it to your liking". Ahhh .. that was a nice change! This is great for first time or indecisive tanners and this way you can let your professional lead you. Her clientele is obviously very happy as she has a long list of repeat customers with a few celebrity names to drop as well. Her tanning style is great and tanning machine is not cold so your newly shaven legs don't start growing back hair on the first spray. Plus she has a few tricks up her sleeve that I certainly took note of. Upon the end of my appointment, I already I knew I loved this studio, loved Svetlana and adored her irresistible color that I have never seen from any other sprayer! But, as any other professional tanorexic, I knew that the real telling would be 24 hours later after my first wash off. And, poof! It was like a dream come true color! A dark golden brown with a hint of deep red to give me that "I just lay in the sun, sunburn look". Now, DO NOT confuse red with orange. Orange is orange. Red, and especially deep red, leans toward the brown color all while giving you the natural touched by intense sun color. Svetlana and her Spray di Sole are TANNING GENIUS. Definitely lived up to her slogan ... The Perfect Tan! 

To book your in-studio or at-home appointment with Svetlana or any of her personally trained assistants, call Spray di Sole at (818) 454-4517 or email Svetlana@spraydisole.com and be sure to CLICK HERE to visit her website www.spraydisole.com to see her list of services ranging from spray tan, teeth whitening to buying in-home, self use spray tanning tools and products! Whether you are in Los Angeles, Las Vegas or San Diego ... Spray di Sole can give you a beautifully natural looking spray tan!

Ps, do not miss out on her self tanning products! So creative, so easy to use and most of all so necessary! Buy it from the website!

She comes highly recommended by me and I promise you, that says A LOT! ;) 
Happy Tanning!

Oh and most exciting part for you... 
the first 5 people to send me a message about this post get a 20% discount on their first spray with Spray di Sole! 
Hurry Up!
My Before and After tanning pictures just to show you how fabulous this color is (and how BRAVE I am):

May 3, 2010:
Fellow tanaholics and tanorexics...  
There are two self tanners that EVERY person should have in their possession! 
You wanted product and you wanted it cheap ... 
well, here it is!

Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Self Tanner!

First and Foremost, buy the ENTIRE Limited Edition Collection if you are as serious/crazy as I am. Or just buy my 2 personal favorites out if the line:

Click Here for: Sunkissed Bronze Instant Self Tan Lotion with Tint $12 ...


My Favorite #1 Tanning Resource to have in your bathroom at all times and at any cost is ... tan in a can! 
I always love Victoria's Secret tan in a can! 

Click Here for: Flawless Airbrush Instant Bronze Body Spray $12 
It's a must and if you don't have time to overnight tan, this is your one day tanning answer. Be tan in about 5 minutes. Wash it off later. Have a streak from a self tanning mishap? Spray this on and fix your tan for the day. 

If you click on the links now you can buy any 2 Beach Sexy Self Tanners for $20! Hurry before I buy it ALL! Stock up fast, as they take it off their shelves after summer. :(

My 1st Product Tip for all of you and I hope you enjoy it!
More to come ...
April 19, 2010:
Is there a quick fix to take out tan stains off my sheets, towels, clothes and even toilet seats??? 

Do not be scared that you will ruin your white sheets! You won't. But if you can help the situation ... you can! Wear black pants and a black shirt dedicated to tanning while sleeping. I have the same pair of black pajamas I wear every time I tan. It's a thin long sleeve black shirt and cozy black cotton baggy pants. This way I do not smell the sweat and tan during the night and I also know I have less chance of getting my white sheets a lighter shade of brown. ;)  But, when you wake up in the morning and notice a spot of tan ... take the sheets off and wash them. I use bleach in that white cycle. But it even comes out with regular detergent! So, stop scaring yourself. Tide/Clorox always does the trick!

Don't get crazy and be afraid of using white towels when you take a shower after a tan! It comes off on the wash just like your sheets! But again ... you can help the situation here! I have two navy blue towels that are deicated to my tanning showers. And I don't need to worry about any unecessary stains or throwing the towels in the wash right away. Go to Target and purchase a couple dark colored towels ... it will cost you a few bucks! 

Treat your light colored clothes the same way as the sheets and towels! But if you do stain them (it's typically a sweat mark) use Spray n' Wash on the stained area, then wash as soon as possible with your regular detergent. It's a 95% chance the tan stain will come out! But when you just got finished either self tanning or spray tanning ... use a dark outfit that you can dedicate to this exact situation. I have a black, long cotton dress that I wear almost every time. If it's not available, I wear my robe! After about 30 minutes I can get dressed, but I simply know not to wear white or light colors until I have showered the new and fresh paint off!

And the ever fun white toilet seat ... ahhh ... tan around the toilet ... one of my personal favorite tanning touches around the house! I will admit, this one is not fun and can get seriously annoying to your spouse/partner/roommate/etc... so be prepared. If you are tanning and you gotta go to the bathroom, save yourself some time and use toilet paper as a toilet seat cover (like in a public bathroom that doesn't offer the toilet seat protectors) and sit on the paper! But, if you don't remember that, which you probably won't, try some 409, Soft Scrub or Clorox house cleaner (not the "Green Friendly" kind, doesn't work) and leave it on there for a little about 10 minutes, then scrub it off. On a side note: wood seats absorb the tan very quickly and plastic ones are much easier to take right off. I hope you are laughing a little bit right now?

Go get your tan on and relax, your whites will be fine ... ;)

April 16, 2010:

The Skinny Effect:
Where can you apply self tanner to make yourself look more lean? 
Let me just sit here and spill my secret! 
Add just a tad extra self tanner to the following areas ... 

  • Collar Bone (ALWAYS)
  • Tops of Shoulders
  • Cleavage
  • Stomach - create a 6-pack*
  • Spine Line (for backless dress)
  • Under Tush
  • Inner Thighs (all the way to inner area of knee)
  • Calves**
  • And most important ... darken ANY and ALL areas with cellulite! It's like an eraser for cellulite. 
*Careful with your stomach because typically your stomach will tan easily ... just a tad more here for an illusion, not the "Snookie" style.  

** I always do 2 - 3 coats of tanner on my legs. As legs are the most difficult to take to tanning sprays and lotions.


April 11. 2010:
How to get your face to match the rest of your body ...

If you get a spray tan or use self tanning lotion and are not one to tan your face, then this is a goodie for you! 

1st and foremost, if you get a spray tan and you do not have sensitive skin on your face, SPRAY YOUR FACE to match. Please just make sure to wash your face about 4 - 5 hours after you have sprayed. If you wait longer than 12 hours to wash your face, you may become victim to what I like to call "Oompa Loompa/Simon Cowell" face. Yes, that means you have an obvious spray tan or look like you just stepped out of a tanning bed that you were in for way too long. Not Cute. When you get a suntan, your face is not a perfect match to your body. So, if you have brown tanned skin from the sun, you will not have a perfect brown tanned face. Do not ever become victim to "Oompa Loompa" or "Simon Cowell" face. 

Best solution: Use Bronzer on your face. I personally use Stila bronzer (Shade 2) - Powder compact form. I DO NOT use the one with SPF in it, yuck. But I have truly been using this on my face since 1998 and it's the best stuff on the planet! Sephora sells it. I just purchased an AMAZING bronzer brush that is a little on the $$$ side, but well worth it! The brush is the Thrish McEvoy bronzer brush. Unreal. When bronzing your face ... please, please, please bronze your neck and chest bone so that it makes a smooth transition. Otherwise, you will have tan face, white neck and tan body. Again, not cute.
*Beauty secret: make your cheeks, bone of your nose and your forehead a bit rosier, and hoala! You look s
April 8, 2010:

This is solely up to you! If you are asking me personally ... well, the answer is YES, ALWAYS! I personally like the lines. I love to see how tan I just got in an instant! Plus ... I always feel weird being completely naked for my sprayers sake! LOL! But please, do not do what I have done once before and wear granny panties for a spray. I actually thought it would be cute to have bikini tan line ... it wasn't! LMAO!

If you don't want any lines ... go in the nude. If you don't have any inhibitions about being in the nude in front of people, I say go naked! 

But, if you want to see the drastic color change you just encountered or you like a little sexy line ... go buy one pair of Cosabella "Soire" style V-String Underwear and get your spray on! Buy black if you can and make sure to do one thing ... CUT OUT THE TAG! Otherwise, you will end up with a little white square above your crack and i can assure you, it's not cute. Funny, but not cute. ;)
April 7, 2010:

If you are a Bride in a wedding, part of a bridal party or even just a guest attending a wedding please take this advice:
  • BRIDES: DO NOT EVER use a self tanning lotion! You are having a wedding for crying out loud! Spend the extra $30-$50 for your special day and DO have someone professionally tan you! This is not a day you should mess with. You cannot gamble on having streaks, orange color or a sweaty melt down at any cost! You need to take these steps to make sure that you are happy with your color and the way your color stays:
  1. Make an appointment at least 2 months in advance with a spray tanning person. Tell them it's a trial for your wedding! Make sure to tell them that you do not want to be black, but a perfect bronze or light golden just enough to glow on your special day. (Miami Vice color with a white dress looks awful and cheese ball!!!)
  2. Please refer back to my "10 Steps to Prepare for the Best Tan" blog ... best advice for preparing for a spray tan, I swear by it!
  3. Make sure to have the 24 hours of sleeping in this tan, then shower and wear white the next day (and no, not your wedding gown). Do some errands ... maybe even take a 30 minute casual walk or take a run in your white outfit. (Take a run if you are typically a serious dancer at parties).
  4. MOST IMPORTANT: after 4 - 5 hours in your white outfit, check for sweat or color stains. You need to see where you have "leaked" color. You want to make sure if you have leaked any color that this does not happen to you on your wedding day. If you have leaked any color during the day in your outfit (not while sleeping) you now need to try for day 2 in white attire. If you do not leak on day 2, then this means you should book your spray tan for 2 days prior to your wedding day! ;) Also means you know where you will sweat the most for caution of wedding day melt down.
  5. I promise, you will sweat on your wedding day ... so your best bet is 2 days before your wedding you should have had a spray tan. 1 day before you should have showered the excess color off. The night before the wedding or day of you should take another quick rinse shower and you will be the PERFECT color!!!!
  6. Just remember ... TEST your TANS. And if you don't like your color after a day or two, try another spray artist out. That's why this needs to be tested a couple months in advance, and also to make sure you can get the appointment you want for wedding day!
  7. It's a bonus if you can get your bridal party to have a tanning party ... just make sure your girls can come over 2 days prior, the tanner can spray everyone and ALWAYS make sure you get sprayed 1st! 1st spray is best spray ... cleanest hose at this time! ;) Don't feel obligated to pay for everyone ... not only will a spray tanning person give you a deal for booking a party, but most brides maids are happy to pay their way if they want to be included.
  • BRIDAL PARTIES: You obviously can follow the exact steps for the bride (especially if you are wearing white, ivory or very light colored brides maids dresses). But if not, you still want a spray tan ... do not do the bride an injustice by being streaky, uneven or orange and ruining her wedding pictures. It's mean.
  1. Please refer back to my "10 Steps to Prepare for the Best Tan" blog so you can take all the necessary steps before getting your tan!
  2. Ask the spray tanning person if you can get a deal if you book an appointment for the bridal party! Who doesn't like a deal?
  • GUEST AT A WEDDING: Get over yourself! You are just a guest! ;) But, if you want to look hot, which I know you do ... spray tan is always better, but self tanning lotion will be just fine for you here. Just make sure to apply the lotion 1 - 2 days before the wedding so you don't either A.) stink up the ceremony or B.) start melting away color all over the bride as you hug her or the guy you are kissing on the dance floor as you are a sweaty mess from all the drinking and dancing you have been doing!!!
*Ps ... I look orange in this picture, hence I will never forward this spray tan person's information on! ;)
April 7, 2010:
I have officially tried over 10-15 spray tanners. I would list all of their names ... but there is just no way I would refer half of them. This one has fabulous colors, fantastic product, takes care of her products and has been in the tanning business for over 12 years, people! I use her on a regular basis as well as for every special occasion.

  • Name: Megan Goebel
  • Phone #: (805) 338-2282
  • Email: meg.goebel@gmail.com (OR) allbronze.noburn@gmail.com
  • Travels to you (anywhere in So. Cal) AND/OR You may go to her in Thousand Oaks
  • She runs special deals on a regular basis ( she's currently creating summer packages now).
  • Prices do vary: $50 for a spray if you go to her and $65 and up for travel prices although they can change upon location. Call or email for a quote!!! *Best deal in town for a personal sprayer!!!
  • Become a Fan on Facebook: All-Bronze-No-Burn-Airbrush-Tanning-and-Make-Up
I honestly get more questions on who I use for my spray tan than anything else beauty wise! I am constantly handing out her information as people love my color! You can ask Megan ANYTHING about tanning and she will have an answer for you. She knows which colors will be best suited for you depending on season and occasion. I have referred her many, many customers and anyone who has tanned with her becomes a repeat client. That's almost impossible in the tanning world. She knows how to make your feet a perfect natural look while getting every part of your body even with color. I have NEVER turned orange from her color! She also powders you when she is done so that the color dries and stays for longer. Another perk. She's amazing and I love her!
  • *Please note that her availability has decreased a bit as she is currently in school gaining knowledge on more beauty secrets for her business! Yippee!!! So ... book your appointment well in advance. Weekends and Weeknights are best for her.

April 6, 2010:

Here are the 10 steps you need to take in order to get the best of the best color and tan from any product you use ...
  • 1.) Get in the shower and exfoliate your entire body! BEST KEPT SECRET- use EXFOLIATING GLOVES. You can buy them at Bed, Bath & Beyond - 2 pairs for $7.99 This is so much better than using a loofah. Trust Me. Shave your legs and anywhere else you might be hairy ;) here too! Very important.
  • 2.) Dry off really well and help the dry skin you just exfoliated come off by rubbing your towel harder than usual. You will see all the dead skin rolling off here. Fun! ;)

  • 3.) DO NOT USE any lotion. Keep your body dry.

  • 4.) Apply a barrier cream to your fingernails and toenails and around the cuticles so they don't turn bark brown. I use Aquaphor. I have it around the house since I have a baby anyway. You can use any diaper cream that's what a barrier cream is. Aquaphor is clear and has no smell. Plus it's good for your skin. Apply a very light amount of lotion or Aquaphor on the tops of your feet, ankles, on your Achilles tendon area, your knees, your elbows and anywhere else you know on your body that gets super dry. This will make it so you don't get dark brown or orangey spots in those dry areas.

  • 5.) Get plastic medical/food handling gloves. You don't need to use latex as that may cause an irritation. But you MUST use tight fitting plastic gloves. Find them at Costco or Smart & Final. I buy a box of small ladies non-latex gloves. This will help with using less lotion and not getting orange or brown hands which looks incredibly unflattering and unnatural.

  • 6.) Pour or pump tanning lotion directly on gloves, rub hands together and apply in circular motion all over your body. I ALWAYS prefer bronzed lotion so that it's easy to tell where I have applied, how much I have applied and where I might need more. Plus, you get an instant tan ... and it usually progresses over the day. Ahhh ... instant gratification!

  • 7.) Take your browned gloves off and apply one small pump or pour to your hands and apply as if you are using hand cream, get every inch of your hands here. Now, wash the palms of your hands as best as you can without washing all of the lotion off the tops of your hands. This will create a look of a light tan hand without having you look like tan arms and white gloves at all times ... We call this the Michael Jackson look - Not Good.

  • 8.) Take a damp cloth and use it like an eraser to any spot on your body that might be too dark or streaky, i.e. your Achilles heel. That area always need a swipe of damp cloth! You do not want fake tanned feet ... it's UGLY! You can use this on your hands, knees and elbows too. If you tan your face, make sure to damp over your brows and your eyelids. Those areas naturally get too dark!

  • 9.) You can always apply another coat of tanning lotion to your legs or arms or chest areas if you realize you want more color in another spot after 8 hours. I always apply another coat to my legs as that's my favorite part of my body to have tan! If you have a part of your body that has cellulite, apply more tan lotion here, it will create an illusion and suddenly you don't have cellulite! ;) It's my best kept skinny secret ... although I don't think it's so much of a secret! Best way to instantly become skinny is get tan! (I will dedicate another blog to applying tanning lotion to certain bones and muscles of your body to create a skinnier look).

  • 10.) Do Not shower for at least 8 hours. If you are a tan perfectionist, do not shower for at least 24 hours! This is an easy task if you are a Mom and this will make for a perfect and long lasting color! When you do decide to shower, make sure to lightly soap your body, this means take a Dove soap bar and lightly soap with it all over your body. (Dove is very moisturizing) NO EXFOLIATING or using washcloths, this will take your tan off! Try not to shave again for as long as possible. Most importantly, lightly pat dry with your towel when you get out of the shower because rubbing the towel all over will exfoliate your dead skin, taking off your tan!!!! Also, make sure to apply lotion and keep your body moisturized the entire week ... this will keep you glowing!

Hope this is helpful and Happy Tanning!

April 6, 2010:

Welcome fellow pastie people! ;)
I have decided to finally create a tanning blog so that I can somehow share my tanning obsession with all of you who might be tan-curious or also tan-obsessed!
So, the best way to start this would be simple ...

Hi, my name is Erica and I'm a tan-a-holic.

Now that we got that out of the way, I will try and explain to you exactly why I have created this page. For the last 15 years (wow, now I feel old) I have been a victim to tanning in every possible way. It started out as a fun thing to do with my friends back in high school as we would lay out for hours basking in the gorgeous Southern California sun. Then one day, I was old enough to utilize "the enemy" ... a tanning bed. I went to the tanning beds on a regular basis, sometimes 5 days a week. I was a beautiful bronze in my late teens and early twenties due to "the enemy". My also tan-a-holic friend, who I will be introducing to you throughout this blog, Lisa would accompany me in the traditional tanning bed, then backyard, then beach excursions. We would literally lather our bodies in skin accelerator lotions, go to a tanning bed for 30 minutes, put more tanning skin accelerator cream on, top it off with baby oil and lay in the sun for hours. You can imagine how amazing our color was, right? Yes, it was incredible! And the more red we would get or the more we would peel, the happier we were! Until "the enemy" caught up with me folks. One day in 2003, my boyfriend (husband and father to our son now) noticed a mole under my breast. I hesitantly went to the dermatologist and found out that it was a very "high risk red flag celled" mole. They took out a lot of my skin and inside my breast. I WAS LUCKY PEOPLE! If my husband didn't notice that, who knows what could have happened. Here is my point ... DO NOT ENTER INTO A TANNING BED "THE ENEMY" FRIENDS! IT WILL KILL YOU. DO NOT LAY OUT IN THE SUN FOR HOURS ON END! DO NOT GO OUT INTO THE SUN WITHOUT PROTECTING YOUR BEAUTIFUL SKIN. If I had just listened to my beautiful Mother when she would say "Erica, please stop tanning in the tanning beds and in the sun, I got Malignant Melanoma that way" I wouldn't have the awful sun damaged skin issues I have today. People, if you or a family member have ever had skin cancer ... DO NOT BE STUPID!
So, here I am, still a tan-a-holic ... the only difference is for the past 7 years I have been forced to use an alternative method to being tan ... a FAKE TAN! I am obsessed! And when I say fake tan I do not mean orange, I mean a bronzed brown fake tan ... a real feeling fake tan. That is my mission! I have used almost every product out there on the shelf! I have used multiple spray tan artists! I am open to use and blog about new products.
And hey ... just because I am a Mom doesn't mean I don't want to feel beautiful.
So, welcome to this tanning journey with me, Erica ... The Tanning Mom! ;)