I’m pale. Really pale. My skin looks like Casper and that guy from The DaVinci Code had a baby.
I wouldn’t mind being pale if my skin looked porcelain. My sister looks like a little porcelain perfect doll. She is gorgeous. I am pale and look like I am sick all the time.
I don’t tan. Ever. I could lay in the sun all day and just look like Clifford the Big Red Dog. Then I just peel and go back to being pale. I don’t want the sun damage so I am a spray tanner.
It has some bad stereotypes and horror stories, but I love it. So today, for all my pale friends, I’m going to do a comparison between VersaSpa and Mystic Tan. These are the two most popular spray tanning booths.
Disclaimer: I am a VersaSpa girl 100% so this comparison may be a little biased so I apologize in advance….but I’ll do my best.
This is pretty much the same for both. Get down to your birthday suit, put your hair net on (or don’t, your choice it washes out. I’m pro hair net though.) put the lotion on your hands and feet, hop in, wave your hand in front of the sensor and go.
Mystic: Your technician mixes your formula and prep it up and pops it in.
Versa: The computer enters your settings. I highly recommend doing the prep.
Mystic: Mystic is actually easier in this sense. There are four numbered foot prints on the floor of the booth. The machine will tell you when to move and on which number to put your left foot and your right foot at each transition.
Versa: You have to pay attention your first time to what your technician says, but there is a lot less moving around. You face the nozzle, turn left and “Walk Like an Egyptian Pose,” turn right and “Walk Like an Egyptian Pose,” and then face the back.
Mystic: The nozzle sprays back and forth.
Versa: The nozzle remains stationary.
Mystic: Allows a minute in between passes to dry.
Versa: Has a dry pass setting after all your color passes are finished.
Mystic: Sometimes a little streaky and unnatural. I currently have a Mystic tan because I’m out of town and didn’t have a Versa option. I keep finding interesting designs on my skin. Particularly the back of my legs. Also, someone really dark was in the booth before me so I got her color on the bottom of my feet. My feet now look like this…
Versa: All over even color. I’ve never ever had a problem. I always do a clear level one with prep and it looks totally natural even on pale people like me!
Check out my post on my favorite sunless self-tanners here.
Do you spray tan? What is your favorite method?