Every week, whilst spray tanning, I meet many lovely ladies and 90% of them always start off saying the exact same word. The word I hear most often when stepping into my spray tan tent is… Sorry!
“Sorry for my cellulite”, “Sorry for my fat”, “Sorry for wobbly bits” and the list goes on, but I always say to them what I’m saying to you, I don’t see what you see. I know that it’s the least favourite part of the treatment, getting half naked in front of a stranger, making you feel extremely vulnerable and exposed… I know this because I have done this many times too.
But what absolutely makes my day every time is to see the difference on my clients face afterwards. When they step out of my spray tan tent, naturally and beautifully bronzed, their reaction is priceless! Whenever I am tanning, I always say to my clients, wear whatever you are comfortable in. If you want to wear a bikini or swimsuit, that’s fine. If you want to be topless, that’s fine too; it’s about making you feel comfortable and at ease.
I will always remember a lady, who physically shook with fear at the thought of being naked. As we chatted, she mentioned to me she felt so insecure about her body, that she wouldn’t even get undressed in front of her husband. It made me realise that this was such a big step for her and I could tell that her confidence was at rock bottom. However, it meant a lot that she trusted me enough to let me show her that she would look and most importantly, feel absolutely AMAZING!
Anyway, we completed her tan and WOW, the difference in that lady, was incredible. Her husband came home from work, she walked up to him and said “look at me, I feel amazing!” I honestly believe that a spray tan does so much more than just give you a natural glow, I think it’s also got a large helping of confidence within it too!
So ladies, if this is resonating with you, I am here to tell you, you are not alone! We all have “bits” about us we don’t like, but like many of us, this lady felt the fear and did it anyway! (Amazing book by Susan Jeffers by the way, which is well worth a read!) From time to time, we all see pictures in magazines and the media, and think we should all be like that but what many of us forget is, celebrities have lots of money to have liposuction or tummy tucks and many of the pictures are often airbrushed!
What I’m trying to say, is love you for you! You are unique and that’s special! We have one body and we need to love the skin we are in. Of course, we do all we can to look after it and eat well, but we also need to enjoy life as it’s often way to short. Don’t apologise to me for your body, you are beautiful just the way you are!