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Fix A Blotchy Streaky Spray Tan

Messy or streaky spray tans can be fixed and corrected before they develop. The trick is to catch it in time and have the right products on hand. Fixing a streaky spray tan can be done by anyone, no need for a professional intervention.

Fix A Streaky Or Messy Spray Tan

If there is makeup in the tanning solution that’s been applied it may settle in creases of the skin. Many clients don’t want to go the whole day with this issue. More often than not, once the solution is washed off, these creases will disappear. Occasionally though, if a heavy handed spray tan was applied, it may be noticeable even after a shower.

Clients can sometimes get caught in a rain storm, or get perspiration drips on their skin while their spray tan is still developing. This does NOT have to ruin their tan. IT can be fixed.

You’ll need 2 items, a sunless tanning cream (spray or mouse) and a cotton pad or tanning mitt. Chose a cream that has ZERO makeup in it, the point is to redistribute the existing makeup without adding more.
By applying self tanning cream and moving the solution and makeup around the affected area you are redistributing the spray tan solution and evening out the color.

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I Stink | Avoid A Stinky Spray Tan

STINKY SPRAY TANS ARE AVOIDABLE

Stinky spray tans are a common complaint. As a professional spray tan artist for almost 10 years, I’ve heard it all at least once. However, stinky or smelly spray tans is a recurring theme.

Most people don’t realize that there is actually a scientific reason behind smelly spray tans. It’s usually not related to the tanning solution itself, but rather a persons body reacting to the process of spray tanning and causing a pH imbalance/disruption commonly known as body odor.

Our body’s create a variety of odors relative to the issue it’s dealing with. Most of us use a pH balancing deodorant to combat common body odors, however expect sunless tanners know that wearing deodorant is “NO NO” before a spray tan.

For more science’y’ info on pH and alkalinity check out this article on Bevel.

Spray tanning solutions themselves come in a variety of colors and smells. The actual smell of the solution does not affect your pH. However, the ingredients in spray tan solutions and the process of your skin becoming tan can alter your pH. BAM you stink.

The stink can last for a short while or days depending on the individual. This happens for people who UV tan as well. I tell clients all the time, that if they smelled/stunk while UV tanning, then they have a high probability of a stinky spray tan too.

Don’t worry, there is a solution!

Ever heard of toner? Like the one you use after cleansing your face. Do you know what it does? You guessed it, toners help balance the skins pH. They’re not just for your face, a toner can and should be used on your whole body prior to a spray tan. This helps avoid the dreaded stinky spray tan smell.

Don’t confuse a toner with the astringent Sea Breeze you used in high school. Toner does help to combat oil and helps keep your skin matte throughout the day, but it also neutralizes the pH of your skin. Women’s Health provides some easy tips, click here.

For spray tanning, this creates the perfect canvas for absorbing the tanning solution ingredients effectively and getting the most out of experience. BronzedBerry trained artists use our pH Tonic with every Signature Glow.

Oh, yeah and you’ll stink less.

PRO Tip: Our pH Tonic can be applied to clients skin with your spray tan machine prior to tanning clients to provide the perfect canvas for your upgraded services.

DIY TIP: Use a quality and natural toner on your whole body prior to sunless applications. Our Toning Tonic can be spritzed all over, then rub in with a dry wash cloth for optimal results.

Top 4 Spray Tan Kits Compared

spray tan kit comparison guide
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With so many spray tan kits on the market it can be hard to tell the difference in them. The most popular questions seem to be, “which spray tan kit has the best equipment”, or “which spray tan kit has the best training”.

A spray tan kit is usually purchased by someone looking to start a spray tan business, or someone who wants to spray themselves regularly. Generally speaking, individuals not looking to make this a career or business will usually seek out equipment on Amazon. There are plenty of good deals with equipment imported from China at a reasonable rate. Those looking to pursue spray tanning as a business should invest in quality equipment, solutions and training. So, let’s break things down into those categories, before diving into specifics and brands.

Equipment – Every spray tan kit will come with either a HVLP (most common for spray tanning) or an LVLP (small tiny airbrush machine). Using an HVLP will provide amazing results in less than 5 minutes and therefore is the MOST popular when it comes to performing an individual spray tan. Our comparisons will only cover HVLP machines.

The two most popular types of HVLP are currently the Maxi-Mist and Apollo brands. The largest name in spray tanning is Norvell and currently they private label their equipment from one of these other brands mentioned so we will focus on our comparisons on kits that include the aforementioned. The prices generally range between $226-$399 for these models, when sold separately.

Solutions – There is only one ingredient approved for use as a tanning agent in personal care products in the United States, DHA (DihyroxyAcetone). So this means that every sunless tanning product, spray, mouse, lotion or spray tan machines will contain it. DHA has been safety used since the 1960’s for this purpose. Over the years manufacturers have improved upon the experience and currently it can be hard to tell a faux glow from a UV one. Many solutions claim to be organic or natural but contain ingredients that are very questionable. It is up to the consumer to read labels and make certain they are comfortable with the ingredients. Currently, as of this article, the FDA does not regulate or require testing or proof of natural/organic claims in the sunless tanning industry. DHA itself is NOT considered organic.

All starter kits compared in this article include between 8-32 ounces of solution to practice with.

Training – This is where the rubber meets the road. Spray tan training, spray tan certifications and spray tan classes, can be held and offered by anyone. There is not government or regulatory agency that provides a legal spray tan license. Anyone offering training is doing so based on their professional experience in the industry.

Hands on training is the very best way to learn, however with technology advancements, online learning has become the norm and many spray tan companies offer both hands on and online courses.

Compared below are four kits that include an HVLP, tanning solution and training offered by four different companies. These represent some of the most popular brands in the United States for spray tanning and training. The training will be based on each brands offering of Master Level theory and personal evaluation/critique.

Many kits include an online course with ZERO interaction with a professional, no one is qualifying their work. Our comparison guide takes it one step further by exploring each of these offerings and price comparing including personal evaluation. Currently, BronzedBerry is the only company that offers and online course with 2 hours of a personal experts time and an evaluation of the artists work. This ensure the trainee can be confident spraying clients for money immediately because an expert has seen their work and verified it’s professionalism. All this without the need to travel. Hands on in person training is by far the most superior but many simply can’t afford it.

Not only does BronzedBerry offer the most in-depth online course but it beats the competitors price by and average of $437!

Anyone looking to break into this business should avoid online marketplace spray tan kits and choose a company that provide great training and support your new business.

Andy Cohen Melanoma Scare

andy cohen melanoma scare

It can happen to anyone!! Melanoma kills one person every hour in the USA. Andy Cohen, famous for producing many of our fav reality shows like the Housewives franchise, was not exempt from this disease.

He claims to be tanorexic (addicted to tanning) and even though he is super rich and famous that did not stop melanoma from growing on his lip.

In fact he put off getting it looked at for months, but because of good friend Kelly Rippa’s instance, he finally got it checked out.

His melanoma diagnosis has changes his relationship with tanning.

Listen in his own words.

Melanoma Detection |Be A Nuisance

jackie smith melanoma survivor
Jackie Smith Melanoma Survivor & Advocate

Melanoma, is the deadliest form of skin cancer and can happen to anyone! Healthcare professionals did not take Jackie Smiths condition seriously. However, her strength, resilience and determination to press on and not take “no” for an answer is a lesson to us all.

melanoma is for fair-skinned, middle-aged, Caucasian women….

Listen to her tell a piece of her own story, and consequently dismantles the myth that this is a “white” person disease.

Skin cancer can affect any race or gender. Did you know that Bob Marley died from Melanoma as well?

As a young African American female, Jackie is NOT your typical skin cancer advocate. She is a role model who teaches each of us that cancer does not discriminate. It happens to young, beautiful humans everyday. For instance according to the American Academy of Dermatology, almost one person dies every hour from melanoma in the US.

For African Americans a Melanoma diagnosis is often a death sentence, because of late stage detection. It does not have to be this way. Take Jackie’s story to heart and pass it on. And most importantly Share Jackies story with your loved ones and remind them that being a nuisance should be the least of your worries.

Above all, her advice is that you are the best advocate for your health. Don’t take “no” for an answer. Find a doctor that will listen and take you seriously. Your life may be at stake.

Therefore, see an oncologist, not a dermatologist if you or someone you know is diagnosed with Melanoma. This one doctor switch can save your life.

Jackie finds ways to give back by volunteering and even going to Capitol Hill to advocate for melanoma research and awareness, read more about her here.

Going National

We've got goals for growth and we want to take you with us! Everytime we pivot and grow our members get rewarded. As a company we have a goal to add 100 new Artists to our club. That kind of growth is something we've been planning for are are ready to handle. We have the software, manufacturing and infrastructure set in place waiting to help these newbies. 

When we grow, our members are rewarded. With 100 new Artists we will be able to lower the costs  so that members receive 50% off of BBombshell and Clear as well as Classic!!! This is HUGE and we can't wait to share the new lower price. 

Help us get there: When members referring other members they can receive $100 Visa Gift Card! Just have the new Artist put your name (first and last) into the Order Notes section. We'll review these and you'll get your gift card. It's the easiest referral process in the world. 

We can't wait to see how we are going to grow and to see Artists helping Artists. 

XOXO 

Amie B 

Founder BronzedBerry 

One Dr. Appointment Can Change Your Life

We listen to Laura McDaniel as she walks us through her harrowing ordeal with her Melanoma Story. She is not defined by this one aspect of her life though. She is an accomplished lawyer, mother, ally and survivor.

Hear what it takes to challenge Doctors, trust your gut and be cured!

Wear Shades

eye skin cancer warning

Everyone knows that cancer can grow in any part of our body but did you realize that you can get skin cancer in your eyes? By it's name one can assume that it's only on the outside of the skin but the truth is scarier! 

Don't worry tough because your opthemolologist can check for changes during routine annual eye exams! 

Protect your eyes with UV resistant sunglasses....plus shades always look cool anyways! 

Check out our other blogs on this topic, click here

Sunscreen Safety

It's a jungle out there! How can any reasonable person differentiate a quality sunscreen from the junk? 

TRUE: The FDA has toughened up on companies and now require validation studies to prove effectiveness. Let's give them a slow clap for that...even though it took years to get them to finally wise up to that. Better late than never. 

So what's the big deal? Well, for starters, did you know that the US has only less than half the amount of approved active sunblock ingredients than Europe? Did you know that what we have here in the US is NOT the best protection? Well, if you know anything about the cosmetics and beauty industry in the US, this shouldn't surprise you. We believe we can do better. Did you know that beyond active ingredients like zinc oxide, the non-active ingredients make up about 90% of sunscreen volume? 

So....if you are NOT looking at the label and reading the ingredients you may be shocked to know that a lot of sunscreens marketed to babies and children actually contain chemicals banned in Europe because they are known carcinogens. 

Read the labels and chose wisely! Need help? The EEWG has a list of the best and what's in it, they also have a list of the worst cosmetics and sunscreens too.

Check them out here

That's right, sunscreen manufacturers are knowingly putting carcinogenic ingredients into children's sunscreens here in the US but actually have a different formula for their sunscreen and children's products in Europe 

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