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phenom
03-31-2003, 05:34 PM
Hey Everyone:

Does anyone know of a supplement that may enhance the body's skin darkening capapabilty (melanin). Most on the market like canthaxanthin turn your hands and feet orange. anything in pill form to help darken the skin....naturally?

Over the Top
04-02-2003, 07:58 PM
I had been thinking about that as well

WillBrink
04-08-2003, 10:30 PM
Originally posted by phenom
Hey Everyone:

Does anyone know of a supplement that may enhance the body's skin darkening capapabilty (melanin). Most on the market like canthaxanthin turn your hands and feet orange. anything in pill form to help darken the skin....naturally?

has anyone tried one of those new spray on tanning booths they have now? You walk in an get your entire body spray tanned. Supposed to look quite natural.

Harry
04-08-2003, 11:53 PM
My girlfriends tried it,
they're quite good, last a while and go on evenly as long as all the equipment is working well! They seem to be a good idea for people with a fair complexion, though like all tanning products the results only last awhile before you have to go again. And I don't know about the U.S. but they're not cheap in Europe, so maybe best saved for a special occasion.

hutsongl77
04-09-2003, 10:29 PM
My wife works at FastTan and has some experience with what you're talking about. Most people who get it to work for them use it in combination with traditional tanning beds. The tan does not last very long about a week to 2 weeks. I think it would have good application if you were doing a contest or a before and after picture, but if you're looking for a tan over the long term...stick to the tanning beds. Another option is airbrushing for the "pre-contest look".

WillBrink
04-10-2003, 12:29 AM
Originally posted by hutsongl77
My wife works at FastTan and has some experience with what you're talking about. Most people who get it to work for them use it in combination with traditional tanning beds. The tan does not last very long about a week to 2 weeks. I think it would have good application if you were doing a contest or a before and after picture, but if you're looking for a tan over the long term...stick to the tanning beds. Another option is airbrushing for the "pre-contest look".

But does it really look like real tan?

Anne
04-10-2003, 02:11 AM
I've tried it once and like it. The only place it looked a little strange on me was my hands. Next time I go I will use the blocking gel as they recomend and then wash my hands with soap and water after. My husband just thought I went tanning.

Will just saw you're in Boston. I'm in RI. What part of B-town are you in?

hutsongl77
04-10-2003, 08:40 AM
Originally posted by WillBrink
But does it really look like real tan?

As Anne said, appearance is a little strange on the hands, but it looks like you have a slight tan. For something more drastic and/or natural, one would want to actually hit the tanning bed and if you had a contest or before & after picture you might consider airbrushing depending on the look you're after. Something to take in mind with the spray on tan though....my wife has done it and ended up with an uneven tan. Her hands were blotchy colored and also, the insides and back of her thighs were not tanned correctly. From what I understand, this can either be the fault of the person getting sprayed not following directions, the sprayer not working correctly, or a combination. Like I was saying, most people use a combination of methods to get a natural looking tan. Hope that helps!

hutsongl77
04-10-2003, 08:43 AM
Just a side note, I know most of us are not "competitors", but I have yet to see any pro in the mags or at a contest that has a "natural" looking tan. Their tans tend to be about as natural as their level of muscularity! :)

WillBrink
04-10-2003, 02:18 PM
Originally posted by Anne
I've tried it once and like it. The only place it looked a little strange on me was my hands. Next time I go I will use the blocking gel as they recomend and then wash my hands with soap and water after. My husband just thought I went tanning.

Will just saw you're in Boston. I'm in RI. What part of B-town are you in?

Glad to hear it looked real. I will have to try it some time then. Hate tanning beds. I am right outside B Town in Natick.

zoomz
08-30-2003, 05:22 AM
Hey Will, try the TanTowel advertised on Shopping Channel; I just use it for my face and 1 packet lasts 1 week. I purchased 2 packs of 10 which lasts 5 months and costs me approx, $23.00 US Total. I was sketical at first like anything you typically see on TV but was very pleased with the tan results. Fades like a natural tan and doesn't stain.............It will cost me a bit more for contests, used in half the time which is still pretty good done approx, 2 times a year. JC

KJL
08-30-2003, 06:25 PM
I used the Mystic Tan (spray booth) for my last contest. It worked out very well. I did three applications at the highest level and on contest day applied Dream Tan - it was the darkest color I ever achieved. Being a red head I don't tan - I just turn various shades of pink in any sun. I did notice one guy that was "really" dark, and he said he used a mix (half and half) of Pro Tan and Dyoderm. He said he got this "recipe" from someone that preps the pros. I may try it, but the Mystic Tan is fast, easy, and lasts a couple of weeks.

Chrisdat
09-01-2003, 08:53 PM
I've used the Mystic Tan (Will, there is one in Hudson, MA - Tropical Tanning). I keep a very light tan year round and than for contests or special events use Mystic Tan. I'm fair - it looks very natural. They give you barrier cream for your hands and booties for your feet and hair. Exfoliate first at home. I think I combination of both is perfect. That way you can tan once every 2-3 weeks. 15 min. in a booth and than Mystic Tan, all in the same day. Cost of Mystic is about $25.00. Wears off very naturally too.

WillBrink
09-01-2003, 09:54 PM
Originally posted by Chrisdat
I've used the Mystic Tan (Will, there is one in Hudson, MA - Tropical Tanning). I keep a very light tan year round and than for contests or special events use Mystic Tan. I'm fair - it looks very natural. They give you barrier cream for your hands and booties for your feet and hair. Exfoliate first at home. I think I combination of both is perfect. That way you can tan once every 2-3 weeks. 15 min. in a booth and than Mystic Tan, all in the same day. Cost of Mystic is about $25.00. Wears off very naturally too.

There is a new place right down the road here in Natick on Route 9. I have heard enough people now say it looks natural and fades natural that I think I will give it a try. I am going down to Fort Lauderdale for a week end of Sept. so a little color, fake or otherwise, would be nice. Thanx

zoomz
11-05-2003, 09:51 PM
Hey will, what 's the feedback on the tanning spray you were doing before Florida. Was it Mystic Tan?

JC

WillBrink
11-05-2003, 10:00 PM
Originally posted by zoomz
Hey will, what 's the feedback on the tanning spray you were doing before Florida. Was it Mystic Tan?

JC

I never got around to trying it but from all reports it comes out looking pretty natural.

Chard
03-27-2004, 10:34 AM
Will - I have never been one for lying in the sun or on sunbeds, but now I am on Testosterone replacement, I am getting spotty so thought the sunbed would help.

However, whenever I have a sunbed, and I have noticed the same in the past, my body swells up (retains water I suppose).

The last bed was a high powered 6 minute job and I was a bit red afterwards.

Any thoughts?

WillBrink
03-27-2004, 11:13 PM
Originally posted by Chard
Will - I have never been one for lying in the sun or on sunbeds, but now I am on Testosterone replacement, I am getting spotty so thought the sunbed would help.

However, whenever I have a sunbed, and I have noticed the same in the past, my body swells up (retains water I suppose).

The last bed was a high powered 6 minute job and I was a bit red afterwards.

Any thoughts?

I don't know what you mean by "now I am on Testosterone replacement, I am getting spotty"

Only water retention I have ever seen from sun rays/beds is when the person gets burned. Tanning always makes people look harder, not softer, which is why they do it for the most part.