Early methods of organic spray tanning involved pungent carrot juice baths and a nearly disastrous attempt to bottle Florida. Don a natural coat of color the easy way with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get an organic spray tan (a $55 value) from Tans on the Glow, a mobile tanning service. Today deal covers service to residences within 1 mile of the Asheville city limits, though service outside that area is available for an additional fee.
Tans on the Glow’s mist-wielding nomads ply their airbrushing craft by darkening busy dermises in the comfort of their own homes or offices. Upon arrival, the agent of bronze erects a pop-up tent to contain the glowy mist, and helps clients select an essential-oil-rich, pH-balancing formula that will work with their specific skin type. Customers determine the level of dress they are comfortable with—whether they prefer suspender-shaped tan lines or none at all—before the visiting shadespert applies a complimentary barrier lotion to help defend bodies against awkwardly tan palms, scars, or nose hairs. The full-body process lasts 5–10 minutes, and after reviewing results post-spray, the freshly bedimmed can decide if they’d like to pursue darker hues at no additional charge.
Tans on the Glow’s chroma-enhancing craftsfolk recommend wearing loose, dark clothes for the remainder of the day and avoiding water-based activities such as showering or undersea dances for a minimum of 8–10 hours. Color endures anywhere from one to two weeks, and tanees should avoid heavily chlorinated water, exfoliating, waxing, and harsh soaps for longer-lasting results.