If you’re thinking about adding tanning to your repertoire of add-on beauty services, Cassandra Stratton, massage director for Palatine, Ill.-based Mario Tricoci Salons and Day Spas, can help you sort through the differences between spray tans and hand-applied tanning services. Mario Tricoci offers hand-applied tanning as an hour-long spa treatment that includes full-body exfoliation, cream application, and massaging in the bronzer. A 30-minute express treatment includes gentle exfoliation and mitt application of tanning mousse.
Below, Stratton sets out her take on the pros and cons of each technique.
> Lasts longer
> Product is massaged into the skin to stain more layers
> Product is usually in a cream base, which will also have hydrating benefits
> Can get to areas of the body that are difficult with a sprayer
> No particles in the air to breathe in
> No machines with noisy vacuums or the need to store equipment
> Can be marketed as a deluxe, full-body spa treatment
> Should be maintained with regular lotion application to make it last longer
> Priced higher than spray tanning
> Takes longer to apply
> For best results it should be a stand-alone service
> Quick tan application
> Dries immediately because particles are smaller
> Price is affordable
> Can be done in a booth without a technician
> Only stains the surface layer of the skin
> Can miss tanning areas of the body that are hard to reach (inner thigh, under breast, between fingers, etc.)
> Safety concerns regarding breathing in the spray
> Can be noisy, depending on the equipment
> Hand sprayer requires regular cleaning to prevent clogging
> Equipment can be costly
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