Thursday, June 25, 2009

In Which I Get Spray Tanned For Journalistic Glory

D1 of today's WSJ:

Our 23-year-old tester was perhaps the bravest, baring her body in the name of tanning science to a stranger who airbrushed her with the “organic” tanning solution at Smooth Synergy in Manhattan. Owner Nicole Contos says the tanning solution, which uses DHA, contains no dyes or “chemical additives” to color the solution. The instant bronzers used to give the spray immediate color, she says, are “mineral salt bronzers.”

The tan solution smelled fine, and we didn’t feel stuffy inside the three-walled booth. However, the next morning we didn’t shower immediately because no one at the salon remembered to recommend doing so. As a result, when we went running in the rain, there was some serious tan meltage thanks to the instant bronzer.

Now we know how the Wicked Witch of the West must have felt.

Also, chainsaws and credit cards!