When it comes down to tanning, there are many different options and opinions. It all comes down to your skin tone and sensitivity. What's most important is that when you step on stage, your skin looks healthy and your color is very dark. You should be so dark that you look like a freak up close! If you're not dark enough, the stage lights will make you look washed out and it'll be hard for the judges to see your true muscle development. All of your hard work in the gym can easily go unnoticed because of your tan or lack there of! The following are suggestions and can vary from competitor to competitor. Personally, I have very fair skin, so I require a lot of tanning. It’s always important to experiment weeks before your show to see what's best for you!
To begin with, you can keep your skin healthy by drinking at least a gallon of water a day. That amount will keep your skin fully hydrated and clear. Of course during the last couple of days before a competition, the amount of water a person should drink will be drastically reduced. Just remember, in the weeks prior to a show, you are what you eat and drink!
Next, you'll want to have some type of a base tan. About 4 weeks before your show, you might want to use a tanning bed about 3 times a week. However, you can also get a base tan by using a self-tanner. Personally, I use a tanning bed, but only when preparing for a competition. Also, I put a ton of sun block on my face and rely on make-up for this area.
During the week of your show, you're going to need
to get rid of all the hair on your body. You can either do this by shaving
or waxing. You'll need to exfoliate and make sure you constantly use
a moisturizer. Having hair and dry skin will not allow the competition
tanning products to go on easily or smoothly. I also do 4 Mystic Tans
during this week and do allow the spray to go on my face. By this point,
my 4th graders begin wondering what happened to their teacher! Now,
you're not only getting really dark, but the competition tanning products
are going to go on a lot easier.
-Thurs. a.m. and p.m.= Shower and then apply Pro Tan
applying the Pro Tan, make sure you are standing on towels you do not
care about. If you are in a hotel, bring your own!! Also, have the shower
running while it’s being applied because the moisture will help your
skin absorb the Pro Tan better. Squirt it on dark and rub in a circular
motion with the sea sponge. Do not put the Pro Tan on your face. For
my face, I use MAC NW45 Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. I have found
it blends in nicely with the Pro Tan. Make sure you let the Pro Tan
dry completely before getting dressed and make sure you where clothes
that you do not really care about because some of the Pro Tan will get
on your clothing.
Finally, you're just about ready to step on stage. You're in your best shape, your hair and make-up is done, and you have a tan that makes you look like a creature from another planet. You put your competition suit on and it looks great just the way it is. Now, if only it will stay that way! That's when you need to have Bikini Bite. It’s a “no-slip suit fastener” that washes off with soap and water and won’t stain your suit. Again, it’s best to get some assistance with this. Before you go on stage, have someone roll the Bikini Bite on you're skin where you want your suit to be. Then, press the suit against your skin and hold it in place for about 2 mins. If the roller-ball doesn't roll easily, hold it under hot water until it does. Once you suit is in place, you're ready to strut your stuff with confidence!