Since the young age of 14, I started using tanning beds. I wish, I could slap my mom in the face (sorry Mom) for signing the waiver to let me tan! Here in Iowa, it is legal to tan in a tanning bed with parental consent under 18. I hope some day really soon that changes. Tanning became a full-time addiction. Not only did I begin tanning for dances but I started tanning year round for a nice, so I thought, glow. I don't even remember spray tans existing back in 2003, and if they did, I didn't care. I started tanning because it made me feel better, I don't think there is one person that can disagree. A tan, makes you feel SOOOO GOOD! Now after getting a college degree, I realize there is scientific evidence behind why it makes you feel so good but look so bad!
Fast forward 8 or so years and I started working part-time at a tanning salon, tanning almost daily in a high powered bed. I literally never knew what I looked like until recently when I compared photos (photos below). My GOD! My poor skin. It isn't like you completely shed your skin, you literally have the skin you are given. The largest organ in your body and I was destroying mine. After my trip to Jamaica in 2015, I stopped tanning in a tanning bed. People around me started getting cancer, not necessarily melanoma but cancer in general. I really started to evaluate my life and the things I was doing to prevent me from living longer. I've got a great life, I remember thinking. An amazing job, a good boyfriend, a cute dog, a pretty home, I wanted to be around. I decided I was going to take the pledge to be white, or at least until I stumbled upon airbrush tanning.
Airbrush tanning forever changed my life and I how view "fake tans". I always thought people looked orange.....some do. That's why I did extensive research to find a great product to offer my people of Des Moines! In July of 2016 Bronze515 was born and it has officially become my first born child, my passion, my future, my everything. I can't wait to see where this small business is in the next year or two. I've created this brand from the ground up, given the people of Des Moines hope. Hope that there is a safer alternative to achieving an instant glow. LETS MAKE TANNING GREAT AGAIN!
I started this blog to share my knowledge of airbrush tanning and the questions many people have. I will feature different products I recommend using with spray tans as well as feature guest bloggers. I am learning so much in this industry and I can't wait to share it all with you. If you would like to be a guest blogger, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. xoxo