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Preparing for a Competition: The Ultimate Tanning and Grooming Guide


Competing in events such as bodybuilding, fitness competitions, or pageants requires meticulous preparation, including perfecting your appearance. Achieving the ideal tan and grooming is a crucial aspect of this preparation. Steps to ensure you look your absolute best on competition day.

1. Starting Early:

The key to competition success is starting your tanning and grooming routine well in advance. Weeks before the event, consider your tanning method. Whether it's natural tanning, spray tans, or airbrush tanning, give your skin time to adapt and perfect the shade.

2. Tanning Services:

  • Tanning Beds: If you opt for tanning beds, ensure you understand your skin's sensitivity and choose the right bed and exposure time. Gradually build your tan to achieve the desired shade.

  • Spray Tans: Professional spray tans, such as those from Tan By The Sea, offer a precise and even application. Schedule your spray tan session a day or two before the event for a fresh and radiant look.

  • Airbrush Tanning: For a truly customized tan, airbrush tanning is the way to go. Discuss your preferences with a professional and book your session accordingly.

3. Exfoliation and Skincare:

Maintain a consistent exfoliation routine leading up to the competition. Exfoliating helps ensure an even tan by removing dead skin cells. Moisturize regularly to keep your skin hydrated and healthy.

4. Hair Removal:

Consider your hair removal needs. Whether it's waxing, shaving, or laser hair removal, ensure you complete this step well ahead of the competition to avoid any skin irritation.

5. Grooming:

  • Hairstyling: Consult with a professional hairstylist to choose a competition-appropriate hairstyle that complements your overall look.

  • Makeup: Professional makeup application is essential for achieving a polished appearance under stage lights. Collaborate with a makeup artist who specializes in competition makeup.

6. Dress Rehearsals:

Prior to the competition, schedule dress rehearsals to ensure your tan and grooming are perfect. This allows you to spot any issues and make adjustments as needed.

7. Maintenance on Competition Day:

On the big day, touch up your tan, hair, and makeup as required. Pack essential grooming and makeup products for quick fixes.

Preparing for a competition involves meticulous attention to detail, especially when it comes to tanning and grooming. By starting early, choosing the right tanning method, and maintaining a skincare routine, you can step onto the stage with confidence, knowing you look your absolute best. Remember to consult with professionals for expert guidance, and enjoy the spotlight as you showcase your hard work and dedication. Good luck!

Looking for a place to get your tan on?

Tan By The Sea offers both UV tanning and spray tanning services. We also offer a variety of spa services.

We want to help you look and feel your best. Our team of experts will help you choose the right tanning option for you and provide you with the best possible service.

Come in today for a free consultation!

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