Streaky Tan: Fix it and forget it!!

Things happen..even veteran self tanners can have a mishap. Whether you got caught in the rain, licked by mans best friend or just forgot and got water on yourself..Don’t worry. YOU can fix it.

Scenario 1: Got wet within 2-3 hours of your spray tan.

Solution: Grab your favorite moisturizing lotion and rub in. Lotion should be applied sparingly..the point is to re-hydrate the tanning solution so you can spread it around to recover the entire area.

Scenario 2: Got wet between 4-6 hours of your spray tan.

Solution: At this point your tanning solution has begun to develop and you’ll more than just moisturizer to revitalize this puppy. You need to use a tanning lotion (something with DHA in it), like our After-Glow lotion. Use this lotion just like directed above. Another option is do a quick touch-up with aerosol Tan-In-A-Can, like ours.

Scenario 3: After 6 hours or you’ve showered already.

Solution: Yikes, now your tan has set in and you’ve noticed it’s not even or you know you got wet prior to it developing. You’re best bet is to use a Tan-In-A-Canthat has makeup in it..like ours 🙂 You can respray yourself lightly to go over your tan. The makeup will blend the spots that you can see and the DHA will tan your skin over the course of the day. Do this in the am and you’ll be tank top ready by 5.

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Indoor Tanning More Risky Than Smoking?

JAMA Dermatology has released a study, “International Prevalence of Indoor Tanning – A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.”

Key study takeaways at-a-glance:

  • The number of skin cancer cases due to tanning is higher than the number of lung cancer cases due to smoking.
  • In the US alone419,254 cases of skin cancer can be attributed to indoor tanning. Out of this number, 6,199 are melanoma cases.

The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Position:
The study results demonstrate that tanning bed use, particularly among young people, is an alarmingly widespread behavior. In the US, 35% of adults and 55% of college students have tanned, and the study found there are more than 419,000 new skin cancer cases attributable to indoor tanning each year. Worldwide, there are more skin cancer cases due to indoor tanning than there are lung cancer cases due to smoking.

These results are not surprising given what we know about indoor tanning behaviors and society’s flawed view that an artificially tanned look is beautiful. The Foundation continually works to change perceptions about tanning through its public education efforts, including its PSA campaign Go With Your Own Glow, which is designed to encourage women to embrace and protect their natural skin tones.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that people of all ages, genders, and ethnic backgrounds avoid indoor tanning and take precautions in the sun by limiting outdoor time between 10 am and 4 pm, seeking the shade when outdoors, using a broad spectrum SPF 15+ sunscreen (SPF 30+ sunscreen for extended stays outdoors), and wearing protective clothing, including wide-brimmed hats and UV-blocking sunglasses.

This is the first summary of the international prevalence of indoor tanning exposure. 88 records (studies) were included in the meta-analysis, and the results include data from 406,696 participants. Analyses were performed separately for three geographic regions: the United States and Canada, Northern and Western Europe and Australia, as well as for these regions combined.


Re-Post: 3 New Sunscreen Tips to Keep Your Skin Healthy (and Pretty!)


Lexi Petronis

You know that sunscreen is important—not just during the summertime but all year round. Now, the FDA has come out with new guidelines about what to use and even how to put it on.

1: Use an antioxidant serum before putting on sunscreen. Many sunscreens contain zinc oxide, which may produce free radicals—molecules that damage your DNA—when they’re out in the sun. Experts say that zinc oxide is safe, and it’s OK to keep using it; ultimately, UV rays are more dangerous than free radicals. But to get the most out of your sunscreen, put on an antioxidant serum in the morning, which may help fight free radicals (there are even sunscreens with antioxdants in them already!).

2: Put on twice as much. One ounce of sunscreen—about what it takes to fill a shot glass—is considered enough to cover your full body. But now, guidelines suggest you put on two shot glasses’ worth. It’s easy to slap it on and miss a lot of body parts (haven’t you ever ended up with random patches of burnt skin?). Using twice as much will help ensure that you’re covering your entire body.

3: Don’t towel off after getting out of the water. Sunscreens may be water-resistant for 40 to 80 minutes, but they’re never waterproof (the FDA will now no longer allow a sunscreen to be labeled as such). When you towel off, you’re basically taking all the sunscreen off. So instead, try letting the water bead up on your skin—docs say it’ll preserve the sunscreen and even keep you cooler, longer.


Should I Tan My Face?

A: Yes! By makeup artist Amie Decker owner of Amie Decker Beauty

I really do not have many pet peeves when it comes to makeup, but my biggest pet peeve by far is what I like to call the “floating head.” You all know what I am talking about, when the color of someone’s face clearly does not match the rest of their body. This look may occur when gals go a little crazy with the face bronzer and fail to blend it into their neck and chest. However, I find the biggest offence is the pale head floating on a tan body.

Which leads me to answer the question, “should I tan my face?” Answer: YES!!! A customized organic spray tan is much different than a machine conducted mystic tan. A trained spray tan artist has the ability to adjust the solution so that your face does not look orange or too dark, but instead nice and even with the rest of your skin. When brides choose not to tan their face, I end up having to apply much more foundation than I normally would just to ensure their face matches the rest of their body. I find that most women prefer natural looking skin to heavy face makeup but when face and body are vastly different the heavy foundation cannot be avoided. As a makeup artist, I much prefer for women to get a nice even spray tan on their face and body instead of relying on makeup to even everything out.

I recommend exfoliating and cleansing your face before the organic spray tan to avoid clogged pores caused by makeup worn earlier in the day. I also recommend applying a lip balm as a barrier so you can avoid tan lips. Since most of us wash our face more frequently than our body, your color on your face will most likely fade sooner than your body. I use BronzedBerry Face tanner to keep my bronzed glowing skin and therefore avoid the dreaded floating head.

Amie Decker

Bridle Beauty: Walk the Walk

For all you brides out there, BronzedBerry is proud to offer bridal beauty tips from a wedding coordinator in the “biz”. Also she knows a thing or two about beauty, the picture above is her..along with her BronzedBerry glow.

Bridal Beauty ~ Walk the Walk
Preparing for your wedding day can be one of the stressful times for many brides to be. Following some of our helpful bridal beauty can alleviate some of that pressure, and allow you to enjoy prepping for your runway walk down the aisle. We at SoCo Events, a boutique style wedding and event planning firm, have held the hands of many brides through the process of creating their bridal beauty, and therefore, we are here to share with you some of our learned wisdom and best wedding day beauty practices.

First and foremost timing is everything! Just like you want to stay on track with all elements of your wedding planning and design leading up to your wedding day, you also want to be sure to schedule your beauty appointments with careful consideration.


  • Make sure to schedule a hair trim about 2 to 3 weeks out from your wedding day – this will allow for that awkward “just cut look” to subside and your hair will look fresh and healthy. Also, be sure you do not do anything drastic  – meaning a completely different hairstyle or color right before your wedding…you do not want to be stuck with a look that caused you to ball your eyes out on your big day.
  • Schedule any all over color or highlight appointments for about 10 days out – so your color is fresh and you have no roots to be found! Again, just stick to a color you know you love – this is not the time to see if Katy Perry’s latest electric blue color works on you.
  • Lastly be sure to find and book a hair stylist you are excited about working with to create your bridal look. The best of the best in the DC area book up fast, so this is something you or your planner should book very early in the planning process to ensure you get your first choice. Regardless of how great your stylist is, please do a bridal hair trial – this will give you the opportunity to discuss what styles might work best with your face shape, your wedding gown style, and the overall look you want to achieve on your wedding day. There is nothing worse than having no idea what you want to do with your hair hours before you walk the aisle.


  • You definitely want your skin to glow on your wedding day, an undoubtedly the happiness you are feeling on the inside will shine through and help you out in this regard, somewhat. 😉 You want to make sure to eat really clean in the months leading up to you wedding day. What you put in your body has more of an affect on your skin than any product or treatment will. Eat plenty of veggies, some fruits, and remember to drink a ton of water!! Water with lemon is a tip I always give my brides…it works wonders for your skin.
  • Schedule all tweezing/waxing/threading appointments for about 10 to 7 days out from your wedding day. Be careful to stay consistent with what has worked well with your skin type in the past – if soy wax leaves your sensitive skin with zero redness or irritation, make sure to stick with this proven method of hair removal, so not to upset your skin pre wedding day.
  • Six months out from your wedding is a great time to try a new treatment – microderm, oxygen facials, and collagen treatments. You have enough time to recover if your skin reacts poorly to a new or more extensive treatment.  And, if you love your micro, you can continue with treatments in the months and weeks leading to your big day. If you are thinking of trying something a little more serious, like botox/other fillers – please do so around this 6-month out mark as well. You cannot predict how you will react to new treatments, so do not risk having to deal with bumps and bruising weeks before your wedding. Also, keep in mind that most fillers do take around 10 days to work their magic.
  • One of the most important things you can do to achieve a beautiful glow on your wedding day, is to get a professional airbrush tan – for your fiancé (unless he and Ricky Martin are similar skin tone 😉  You don’t want to be beautifully bronzed standing next to your pasty groom! So, spread the color and book a package with BronzedBerry that covers you both. Make sure to keep a natural color, which should be easy with BronzedBerry – they have amazing organic formulas – think no orange and no nasty smell! Your color should also correlate with the season in which you are tying the knot. It will look much more natural to have deeper color if your wedding is in July, rather than January. A little color will work wonders for your confidence on the day of, and will ensure you and your soon to be hubby look fabulous in all the days pictures!


  • Earlier, I mentioned the importance of booking your wedding day hair stylist early on in the planning process, and you should absolutely do the same when  booking your wedding day make-up artist. If you are working with a planner, this is something he/she should book for you right away, as a vendor can only be in one place at one time. The DC area’s most talented make-up artists book up a year or more in advance during busy wedding season! So, if you get engaged and know who you want to doll you up on your big day, then don’t hesitate to get it on the books. You are also definitely going to want to do a trial make-up run. What I often do for my clients, is coordinate their hair and make-up trial with a purpose – meaning I will book on the day of the couple’s engagement shoot or on the day of the bride’s boudoir session – this way the cost of the trail is well worth it!
  • Create a beauty inspiration board! I tell my clients to create a beauty inspiration board to prepare for their hair and make-up trial – by keeping a running folder of the looks they like or want to emulate on their wedding they have a clear idea of what they like going in  – and this is an immensely helpful and effective way to communicate a bride’s beauty style to her wedding day glam squad.
  • It’s all in the lashes! I highly recommend false lashes to most brides – not the extremely fake looking kind you find on Snookie and J Wow every Saturday night, but incredibly beautiful, real hair, false lashes applied by your make-up artist. It is amazing what a little lash can do to enhance facial features, and most importantly lashes will have a dramatic effect on how you look in pictures – stunning!
  • I try not to tell my brides how to wear their make-up – that is something that I trust in a great make-up artist to do. But, one piece of advice that I am sure you have heard before, but that is a beauty rule to live by – is if you go with a really dramatic eye, opt for a softer lip, and if you go for a more dramatic lip, go a for a little less drama on the eye. Finding a balance is key, and also always keeping in mind your wedding season, venue, style, and geographic location when finalizing your make-up and hair look – you want the entire evening to work cohesively.

My last bit of beauty advice is to remember to smile big, laugh often, and dance your booty off.  When all is said and done and the final lash is placed – all you need to do is have a blast, enjoy every moment, and walk with confidence and class.

Good luck to all the beautiful brides to be!


Nicole Tozzi
Wedding & Event Planner
SoCo Events
Email or Call 301.785.0777

Pregnant Tanning

Is it safe to tan while pregnant..how about spray tanning? This is always a popular topic and something our Tanning Artists get asked frequently.

It is genrally understood that sunbathing or using UV tanning beds is a big no no if you are expecting. Why, you ask? The simple answer is that it could overheat your baby which can cause miscarriage. Yikes!! So as we approach spring and summer ladies, please wear sunscreen, use a flopy hat and just plain say no to overexposure to the Sun.

As for spray tanning when pregnant there are a few things to keep in mind. Always check with your Dr before trying something new during pregnancy. Most DR’s will tell it’s no problem after your first trimester.

We’ve discussed before how toxic chemicals can be present in spray tanning booths already (read more on this).

All spray tanning solutions are not created equal. So, we suggest you still ask a few more questions to determine what you are comfortable with.

BronzedBerry suggests getting a airbrush spray tan by a professional using only organic products and solution. For a list of our ingredients, click here.

Want to get tanned go for it! Just do your research and pick a product that’s healthy for you and your baby.


  1. Organic solutions by BronzedBerry do  not contain a single toxic chemical.
  2. You aren’t forced to inhale the solution. We spray you in an open room, not a closed booth.
  3. Our hydration spray can actually help moisturize your growing belly, using organic ingredients to help with elasticity.

Read more on this topic.

How Traditional Tanning May Affect Your Eyes

eye skin cancer

How Traditional Tanning May Affect Your Eyes. 

Ultraviolet radiation, from a tanning bed, reaches up to a 100 times greater exposure to your eyes than that of the Sun. According to an article posted on LiveStrong.com, simply closing your eyes isn’t enough protection.

Overexposure of ultraviolet radiation to your eyes can compromise their health. The Health Physics Society mentions cataracs and photokeratisis as the most commonly reported eye issues directly related to UV exposure.

But did you know that you can get cancer in your eye? Just like on your skin, you can actually get Melanoma in your eyes as well.

Just like we recomend having a good dermatologist that you see yearly it’s also a good idea to see an eye doctor and have them check the general health of your eyes. To learn more about potential risk factors, including eye color, check out an article on this subject posted on Cancer.org.

And hey, if you are still tanning in a tanning bed make sure to wear protective eye gear. Or just get a spray tan 🙂

Beautiful Brides

Victoria, a BronzedBerry bride is now a BronzedBerry mother! Congratulations on your newest edition. In honor of you I’m posting some of your wedding photos. Here’s to being a beautiful bride and wonderful mommy.

Both Vicki and her sis got the royal treatment before her big day. You can see how natural her they both look.

On your wedding your spray tan should be natural and provide enough of a glow to assist you in being confident but never enough to be a topic of conversation.

Danger Danger:Spray Tans “linked” to poison.

It may seem strange that an owner of a spray tanning company is telling you that spray tanning has been linked to poison but BronzedBerry wants you to know the truth. Scary stuff. Most people opt to get spray tans because they are trying to achieve a beautiful glow in a safe way. Spray tanning is touted in the media, magazines, newspapers and all over the internet as perfectly safe. But just like with anything you need to be an educated consumer and make smart choices.

So here’s a little background on what we know:

The sun isn’t inherently bad for us, we need a little natural Vitamin D. Check out this great article on how to get Vitamin D naturally from the sun the safe way. But like with everything in life, too much of a anything can be harmful. The American Academy of Dermatology provides a lot of resources if you have questions about how much is too much sun, check out this article to help determine what is the proper amount of sun exposure.

It seems silly to even say this but just in case you’ve been living under a rock, everyone else knows that tanning in a UV bed is dangerous.  It can lead to many forms of skin cancer, including melanoma.

The use of indoor tanning beds before the age of 35 has been associated with a significant increase in the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. ~ American Academy of Dermatology

Talk about being scared straight..after recently losing my father to metastatic melanoma I can tell you with 100% confidence…it’s not worth it!  In a future post I’ll fill you in on dark secret..there is a lobbyist group in Washington fighting to protect tanning salons interest to keep minors “rights” to tan. Kinda reminds you of Big Tobacco doesn’t it?

So we know a little sun is good, sunscreen is great and tanning beds are bad. Great, so that means that all spray tanning must be safe..right?


Skin is the largest organ in the human body and it would be naive to think that what we put on it will not ever have negative consequences to our health. It’s also naive to believe that just becasue it’s legal means it’s safe. Many things can get FDA approval and still can be dangerous…like some forms of spray tanning.

DHA is the active ingredient that “turn” our skin brown and gives us that just of the beach glow. Read More.

The government regulates DHA and they allow several contaminants in the solution: lead, arsenic and mercury. ~ TanningAdvisor.com

The article goes onto say a news organization (they didn’t mention who), reported that lead, mercury and arensic were allowed into the product and approved because they were intended to be applied topically and never ingested. Dr. Joseph Mercola, confirmed on his website that trace elements of these toxins do exist in some sunless tanning solutions. It is also worth mentioning that this doctor works for an organization in California, TanPlus, which promotes UV tanning. But that doesn’t negate the fact that some spray tanning solutions may be harmful to your health, and you need to be careful.

According to the TanningAdvisor website, ORGANIC SUNLESS SOLUTIONS DO NOT CARRY THESE TOXINS…whew!! There is light at the end of this tunnel. All research conducted thus far show no toxic or carcinogenic ingredients. BronzedBerry only offers organic solutions.

BronzedBerry is very proud of the organic solutions we carry, which do not compromise on color..in fact a lot of clients tell me our tans are the best they’ve ever had! We are so pleased to be able to provide the safest tan on the market.

Want to get a safe tan..contact us to schedule your next organic spray tan.

Wanna know the magic behind spray tanning?

There are so many sunless tanning products on the market today, I don’t presume to know them all or all of their ingredients but I do know a bit about spray tanning.

The active ingredient in most spray tanning solutions is DHA.

DHA is a colorless chemical (it is derived from glycerin) that interacts with the amino acids in dead skin cells to produce a brown color change. Since these dead skin cells are constantly being shed, the color change produced by DHA usually lasts about five to seven days. Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D.

DHA can tan you, one drop of this concentrated ingredient and your skin would turn “orangey” brown pretty quickly. A professional spray tanner can purchase between 48-50% concentrated DHA. For every 2-3 ounces of solution there is approximately 72 drops of this highly concentrated ingredient. In order to make the color more natural no one should ever use the full potent concentrate, it needs an emulsifier in order to provide a more natural look..thus avoiding the oompa loompa effect.

There is no evidence to suggest that DHA is not safe. The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) authorizes the regulation of color additives, including their uses and restrictions. DHA is listed in these regulations as a color additive for use in imparting color to the human body.

Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D

Once the solution has been applied to your skin, it needs time to develop, this is the part where the DHA reacts with the amino acids on the top layer of your skin, creating that tan look. This process takes up to 12 hours to complete, but you can shower in as little as 8 hours if you must.  There are many new “one hour tan” solutions out there. In addition to the DHA and other ingredients they have added something chemically to speed up the DHA’s development process..not enough research has been conducted to indicate whether this has any negative health consequences.

BronzedBerry uses organic solutions,  which contain DHA. These solution are cruelty free and Eccocert certified. Your BronzedBerry Consultant, or any spray tanning technician, should speak with you ahead of time to determine the appropriate shade for your skin tone and the level of darkness you are trying to achieve. Any certified technician should be knowledgeable enough to custom blend a color for you. If it’s a one color fits all kind of experience, you may want to think twice. That usually indicates  a lack of education and general concern with your overall health.

Many sunless tanning or airbrush tanning solutions contain many other ingredients..such as fragrances, nuts (usually almond oil), sometimes alcohol and parabans. A lot of tanning salons that carry spray tanning booths or Mystic tans buy their solutions in bulk, so these solutions may have more preservatives than some others, like those used by individual technicians.

If you have NUT allergies tell your technician.