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  • humpnpump   •   Sun, Jan 10th, '16 19:44   •   16 replies, 349 views

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What's some tanning options for a local show. Do you need to pay a professional tanner to prep you or is it viable to use certain products and apply the tan myself. I have a good tan year round and will be using melatotan II so I'll have a good dark tan come comp time. Would like some opinions on this. TIA

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Hit some red light therapy if your salon has it. Really seems to tighten up the skin and heal it.

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Is that like in Amsterdam haha. I will look into it Mak. Appreciate all the tips.

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You can never be to dark. Get a good a good base tan using MT2 and then get spray tanned. I don't like spray tanning the day of the show. That stuff needs time to set and react with the proteins in your skin. It just seems to get pushed around when you oil up if you spray tan the morning of show. I'll get spray tanned for three days in row at the tanning place. This gives it time to react with the proteins in your skin and you will stay dark.

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X2, not that I've ever competed. But I have used MT2 before and I've gone from a pasty white wizard to full on Hispanic after about three weeks tanning (2 sessions per week). You may want to watch how much you take, as my face tanning extremely fast compared to the rest of my body and it took up to about 12 sessions for the rest to catch up. A bonus is that as long as you use it, you'll stay dark at a maintenance dose, and even after you fully stop you will slowly fade back as opposed to normal. I reckon I was still somewhat tan 2-3 months after dropping it all together.

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Yeah I've used it 2 X's before, I have to use about half of what people normally use or I get to dark. I will definitely be using M2 before the comp like you guys suggest.

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I don't know what beds your local tanning salon has, but you may want to opt for a UVA bed instead of a UVB bed as the wavelength penatrates deeper into the skin and gives you a more bronze tan as opposed to reddish using the UVB tanners. Where I frequented the UVA beds were about 30% more expensive per session, but some sweet talk and a bulk deal got that down quite a bit. Well worth the money IMO

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You silver tounge devil lol. I'll check at the salon I'm sure they have them.

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The lady at the salon I use wanted to sponsor me or something like that. She works out at the same gym and said everything would be free if I let everyone know my great tan was coming from her place. Saved me a ton of money when you add everything up from tanning, red light, spray tanning and don't forget the teeth whitening. The judges like to see a pretty smile also.

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That's a great idea, I might be able to pull that off. There's a few salon owners at my gym that I know. This idea never crossed my mind.

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Thanks for replying Mak. I assume you mean the spray tan where you stand up and it sprays the solution evenly on you at a tanning salon. Sorry I'm a noob because I don't use tanning beds and naturally stay away from them since I stay tan even in winter months. Or are you talking about the self spray tans like SlowBro is talking about.
I've heard and seen the results from the stand up spray tans in salons work well so I assume this is what you're talking about.

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The lady at the salon has a spray gun and air compressor that she uses. That would be the best. That way you can get all the nooks and crannies and creases tan. You can also hit some of the areas with extra tan that are usually lighter since they don't get tanned as much with the bed like the insides of your arms and armpits and the smiley faces under your pecs and butt.

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I see. Thanks Mak this explains a lot I had no knowledge of.

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Melatotan is the way to go and get a good base. Spray tan is way more convinent than a fake tan and looks alot better imo.

Finding a good oil to suit your skin tone is where it gets to be a PITA. With that said try and order a few different types of oils and apply them a week or two before the show to see what works best for you.

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I used almond butter oil during the EBC, it seemed to reflect light well and there wasn't a lot of oily wet mess, I may try some other stuff just to get a feel and good gage on what I will end up using.

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you can use protan or janna tana. the first few shows i did i tanned myself. having a good natural tan is nice, but you still need show color. weds was my last shave and it was a total body shave, armpits, legs, back chest, EVERYTHING. Friday morning early take a good shower and make sure to scrub yourself and exfoliate the skin as much as you can. after drying i apply a full coat to my whole body every 2-3 hours or so. careful on areas like knees and elbows, they absorb color alot faster. try and get 5 or 6 good coats on you. it really helps to have someone help you for shaving your back and painting your back to make sure you paint evenly and dont miss any spots.

the tans usually come as spray bottles, but youll have better results and less mess in your house if you just pour the liquid into a bowl and paint it on using a sponge imo. your face only needs maybe 2 coats. no showers till after show time. be careful because it will get on whatever you sit/lay on. i applied a coat the morning of to touch up as well.

in my opinion its way eaiser and more convenient to just pay the 100$ or whatever it is and pay the people doing the tanning at the show. most shows will have someone there doing tans the morning of. once i started doing that i never looked back.

but you can have a good tan doing it yourself. hope that helped.

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I see, I think it is definitely worth the 100 bucks then if you can't tan up like Mak suggest and then just apply the oil before the show. Appreciate the inputs guys, thanks a lot!