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February 2015

Bodybuilding Competition Season is upon us – who is doing your spray tan?

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Not only does Bronze Beauty specialize in regular spray tanning for your every day events, but we also specialize in competition spray tanning. Competition Spray Tanning is an art of its own. Instead of applying one coat, like a regular tan, we apply anywhere from two to five coats. YES 5 COATS! Yikes, that’s a lot of color!

We know how hard you worked to get your body to be stage ready. The last thing we want  you to worry about is if your tan will turn out perfect. You leave that to us. We spray you the day before your show and if need be, we will even do touch-ups the next day and apply glaze so your muscles can pop even more. We like to think of ourselves as your spray tanning assistants for your shows. We are very detailed in what we do and want to make sure your tan is perfect before you step on that stage.

A typical competition spray tanning session does take about 45 minutes, which is longer than a normal spray tan. Of course, this can be shorter or longer depending on how many coats you need. The amount of coats you need depends on the class you are competing in and your skin type. If you typically tan easily in the sun, you will need less coats. The reason why bodybuilders need so many coats and need to be dark, is because the lights on the stage really washes out your skin tone. If your skin tone is washed out, your muscles don’t pop as much as they should. Or at least that’s what I have been told – if there is a different reason – educate me :-).

If BBST is a spray tanning sponsor for a show, we have the privilege of being there back stage with you for the whole show. We do your touch ups in the morning before the show, we apply that, oh so fun, glaze and even apply some bikini bite for the girls to hold those beautiful suits in place. It’s a 24 hour day job for us, but we are excited to help and provide amazing services to our clients.

Take a look at some of our work here: That link will also give you more information about your session including cost and the skin prep involved. We also have tons of photos posted on our Facebook page:

We are also honored to have 3 amazing sponsors who represent BBST during their shows and photo shoots. If you feel you have what it takes to become a BBST Sponsored Athlete, please email me at and tell me why we should pick you! Check out our current sponsors!

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We are very proud of the work we do and would love to spray you for your next show! If you have a show coming up, call, text or email us!!

In the next couple of blogs,  you will get to know our 3 sponsors better! I will be having a chat with them and they will reveal some fitness secrets and what they love about Bronze Beauty!

Until next time my bronzing beauties!


Make Sure Your Skin is PREPPED!!!

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This is a HUGE rule for spray tanning. SKIN PREP!! If your skin is not properly prepped, your spray tan can come out looking blotchy, smudge, or fade unevenly. Even though we spray the skin with solution, it’s the clients responsibility before and after their session to take care of their skin. Once you leave the session, it’s all on you. If you follow these simple rules below, you can guarantee your spray tan will turn out flawless!


  • MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE! Apply generously to knees, elbows, feet and hands since these areas tend to absorb more color. Use moisturizer daily, morning and evening for a week before your appointment to ensure a smooth, even absorption of color.
  • EXFOLIATE. EXFOLIATE. EXFOLIATE! We cannot over-stress the importance of pre-session exfoliation. 24-hours prior to your appointment, clear away any dry, dead skin cells with a pH balancing scrub. For extreme areas use a deep exfoliate, no less than 24-hours prior to your session..
  • Apply a warm towel to the skin right before the session to help keep the skin moisturized and absorb the color.
  • Protect Your Skins’ pH Levels. Avoid using bar soaps, high pH shower products, or in shower moisturizers. These products can neutralize the DHA bronzing reaction within the skin.
  • Hair Removal. Any depilatory creams, waxing or shaving should be completed 24-hours prior to your session.
  • Ladies: Have Pedicure and Manicure done prior to getting spray tanned. (if you get yours after your spray tan, your feet and hands will lose the color! We don’t want that now, do we?)


  • DO NOT shower with body washes or soaps that contain moisturizers the day of your appointment. – These act as barriers to the sunless tan.
  • Avoid applying anything to the skin that may act as a barrier between the sunless solution and the skin. Do not apply lotions, creams, or perfumes prior to session. Sometimes we forget that we put perfume on the skin in the morning. When perfume or a body spray is left on the skin, it causes little white dots. The whites dots show, because the spray is not able to absorb into the skin.
  • Use deodorant sparingly or if possible do not wear any before your application. Some deodorants may have a reaction to the solution and leave a color on the skin. (and that color is green….ewww! – I’ll admit it, my have turned green before, NOT PRETTY!)
  • Remove any make-up prior to the sunless application
  • What to Wear. During your spray tan, you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Most people wear an old bathing suit bottom and a top (strapless). You can also wear underwear or a bra or go topless or totally nude. After the spray tan you will want to wear loose fitting dark colored clothing. Tight clothing can rub or smear bronzers, especially around the knees, elbows, chest and waist. Do not wear socks as you can get a sock line.


  • You should refrain from showering as long as possible (up to 24-hours). I know what you are probably thinking, how can I go 24 hours without a shower, it’s possible and you don’t have to hide in your house that whole time! As with all DHA products, sunless color begins showing development approximately 4 hours after application and continues to darken for up to 24 hours. If you must shower during the 4-24 hours following the application, use a WARM WATER RINSE ONLY. The use of soap can inhibit the full development of DHA color. Important: Cosmetic instant bronzers will wash away during the first shower.
  • AVOID any contact with rain or any other form of water until after your initial shower/bath. Water contact stops the tanning process immediately. If the skin is touched by water before the tan has fully developed, the tan could look patchy.
  • When showering after 24-hours, use only a mild pH balancing shower gel. Refrain from using scrubs or high pH soaps as these will strip away your sunless color. Also refrain from using loofah’s, wash cloths, or anything that will strip away your color during your first shower. I recommend using your hands and wash your body lightly. When drying your skin after your shower, lightly pat dry your skin. Do not rub the towel on your skin as this may cause some of the solution to come off.
  • Do not shave or wax at least 48-24 hours after your session. Use a brand new razor blade to reduce sloughing off dead skin cells which is where the tan is attached to on your body.
  • Avoid chlorinated pools, spas, saunas and excessive heat, as this will dramatically accelerate the fading process. Chlorine is a form of bleach, which promotes the accelerated process of removing the tan. You may also want to avoid going into the ocean right after a sunless tan. The ocean contains salt, salt is a natural exfoliate, which exfoliates away the top layer of your skin where the sunless tan is.

So there you have it, the before, during and after care instructions to ensure your spray tan turns out PERFECT!! I make sure all my clients understand these rules. It’s not for my good – its for you!! I want you to have the best spray tan and feel confident in your skin. Just like this girl ;-). But I promise I won’t leave you with 2 different colors on your face. :-D.


Have questions on the skin prep? Email me at

Keep warm Friends!!


What Can I Expect When I Make an Appointment with Bronze Beauty?

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The majority of my clients never had a spray tan of any kind before. Or if they did, they had one in a booth and had a terrible experience. I always try and educate my clients on what they can expect during their spray tanning session. So in this blog, I will give you the sneak peak of what to expect when you get a spray tan with Bronze Beauty.

As soon as I (or one of our spray techs) enters your home, we find the best place to do the spray tan. I recommend a place that is well lit and can accommodate a 8ft tent and also has an outlet. (see picture below of my tent!) I’ve sprayed in every room and area of a house before. The bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, basement, game room, you name it – we can fit in! Once I set up my equipment, (this usually takes about 5-7 minutes) we start the session. The most common question I get (besides, will I turn Orange?) is what do I wear during a session? I leave that up to the client and whatever their comfort level is. I want this to be as comfortable as possible. Most people go topless and have bottoms, or they wear a strapless top of some kind with bottoms, I even have some people go nude. It’s all up to you! Once we put the hair net and barrier cream on, I spray you down with a pre mist spray. This pre mist will help moisturize your skin and really soak in the tan to make it attach to the skin. After the pre mist, comes the real stuff. I spray whatever shade we selected for you and cover the body. After the actually spray is on you, I then take a post mist and do one last light spray. This helps make the tan pop and also helps with fading. After that last spray, I dry you off and you are good to put your clothes back on! ALWAYS REMEMBER TO WEAR DARK LOOSE FITTING CLOTHES after your spray tanning session! Tight clothes will make the tan smudge or come off. We don’t want that now, do we?? In about 2-4 hours you will notice your color getting darker and will continue to darken as the day/night goes on. Once you get your first shower, that cosmetic bronzer will wash off and you are left with a beautiful tan!

Believe it or not, the whole spray process takes less than 10 minutes. So that means, I am in and out of your house in less than 20 minutes. It’s that quick!! Amazing, huh? 😉

So if you never had a spray tan before and always wanted to know how the process of coming to your house works, you know now!

Check out what my set up looks like in someone’s house….pretty cool, huh? It’s like having your own spray tanning studio right in your house!


Feel free to send any questions to me at I love getting questions and educating people on spray tanning!

If you would like to hear about other topics on spray tanning, send those my way too! I have some great ideas for this blog, but would love to know what you want to know about.

Stay Golden! 🙂


Hello to all my Bronzing Beauties & Fellas

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We are going to give this whole blogging thing a try to see how it goes. This first post will simply be me (Sarah) sharing who Bronze Beauty is and what you can expect when you make an appointment with us.

Bronze Beauty Spray Tanning, LLC opened in May 2012 by Sarah Rubino. We are a mobile business so we bring all the spray tanning you can imagine right to your home! We bring a pop up tent so no spray gets in your place. We are in and out in less than 30 minutes. You won’t even know we are there, except when you look at your skin after and it’s glowing with a beautiful tan :-). The actual spray takes about 10 minutes. The solution we use is Paraben and Gluten Free, 100% Vegan and uses Eco-Certified Organic DHA ingredients. All natural, all the time!

Right now we only have evening and weekend hours, and the occasional Friday during the days.  If you would like to book an appointment with Sarah or Amanda (my awesome, wonderful spray tan technician), you can call or text us at 412-301-5455 or even email us at

All my girls who spray for Bronze Beauty are certified and have been trained to the max to give you a perfect spray tan each time.

Have any questions or want to know more about BBST? Send us an email or visit our website – We also share tons of pics and tips on our social media pages.

Happy Bronzing!