I informed the woman that I was new to Tropical Tan, and that I wanted to give it a try. They promised to show me everything, so away we went. Because I was a new customer, I got a two-for-one deal on my tan. The woman working, a regular Tropical tanner, was fantastic at telling me exactly what to do (and what not to do), and showed me everything right in the booth.\r
First, I got completely undressed (swimsuit is optional) and put on a hair net making sure to leave a hair line out. I then applied the barrier cream to my finger and toe nails, palms of my hands and in between my toes. When I stepped into the booth, I stood on an oval, bent my arms so my palms were not facing the spray and pushed a green button to activate the machine. This is the part where I sort of freaked out. I'm not good with small spaces, or the idea of not being able to breath. About five seconds after I pushed the button, the mist began. After spraying my front for about 15 seconds (and a momentary freak-out which resulted in me breathing in a full breath of tanner), it paused and I turned around making sure my palms were in front of my stomach. Another 15 seconds on my back and it was done. I hopped out and quickly dried myself off. I was almost dry actually, but they instructed me to start drying at my feet and work my way up. Immediately I could tell that I had a bit of a glow. I was instructed not to shower for at least 4 hours.\r
After eight hours, my body was pretty much an fake tan mess, despite giving myself a great exfoliation the day before. I also applied a light lotion the day I went so I didn't have any very dry patches. My face was by far the worst.