Skin Deco

Thursday, February 10, 2011

New Tanning Experience at The London Orchid

My natural skin tone is between medium to tanned and although I have no problem walking out in the sun without an umbrella, I'm afraid I've been cooped up indoors a bit too much lately. Tanning, real or fake, takes work. To think that most Malaysian women do everything in their power NOT to get darker! :P

I haven't been basking out in the balcony nor have I been visiting the tanning salon (Note: Both options are NOT safe). My self-tanners have been untouched as well because I'm far too lazy to contort my body to reach unreachable areas eg. my back. So, you can imagine my excitement when I tried out spray tanning for the first time. Heck, I didn't even know such service existed in Malaysia.

Read on for my experience.

The London Orchid, owned by Leagha McMahon, offers your usual spa stuff such as facial treatments, body massages and manicures. But what really stood out for me was their spray tanning service, which is rare and possibly non-existent in Malaysia.


What's Spray Tanning?

Picture a compressed airbrush gun spraying a tanning solution all over you. The solution contains DHA which is the same stuff they put in self-tanners to make your skin darker, except in a higher concentration.


I was very pleased to have met Leagha. Not only did she make me feel comfortable (you'll know why this is important later on!), she is very knowledgeable and walked me through the entire process so that I'd know what to expect and understand how spray tanning works.

The London Orchid has a dedicated tanning room, allowing ample space to move around. Getting a spray tan requires a mini stretching exercise it seems! The spray gun is human-operated which means you'll need to be de-clothed. You can opt to wear a bikini (if you don't mind it getting stained) if you prefer but you'll get tan lines . If you're okay with going topless at the very least, a disposable thong will be provided and for those who want a wee bit more coverage, like I did, a regular disposable undie. A pair of sticky foot pads were also provided to prevent the solution from getting on the soles of the feet.

You know those misters they have in restaurants where you can feel the mist but it isn't really bothersome? That's how spray tanning feels like. The process was over pretty quickly so you should be in and out within 20 minutes.

Fresh out of the tanning room, I looked pretty baked and it's primarily due to the bronze guide color which washes off in the shower. The actual color takes 8 hours to develop during which you're advised to not get wet or sweaty even. Leagha used Sun Labs 12% on me. Those with lighter skin tones may wanna go for a lower dose of DHA to avoid looking like a walking carrot.

The tan was most beautiful on the second and third day where I've had people assume that I'd been out in the sun. It's certainly a much deeper color achieved in a shorter time compared to the usual five days of slathering on self-tanner to build the color.

Moisturizing daily and exfoliating every other day is impartial to ensure that the color will last longer and fade evenly. Nevertheless, by the 7th day, my skin was pretty much back to its regular color. You should also exfoliate and moisturize the day before your session so that you'll get an even coverage.

Considering how tiresome it is to apply self-tanning lotion and never being able to get an even application on the back, spray tanning is a relief. However, at RM210 per session, I'll probably only reserve it for special occasions though it's hard not to be tempted to have it done more frequently.

Check out The London Orchid website and Facebook page for full list of services.

67M Plaza Damansara, Damansara Heights Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50490 +603 2095 6009 or +601 73060706


Paris B said...

How absolutely fascinating! I'm glad to know such a service is available here too :D Now I wonder how I'd look with a tan - what d'ya reckon? ;)

Connie De Alwis said...

PB: I dare you!!! :P Very hard to imagine you with a tan

❤ Ee Von said...

i love tanned skin! i think it looks very sexy and exotic :)

wah quite tempting

Paris B said...

Don't dare me la. You know I cannot resist a dare wannn... :P hook me up and I'll take on the dare.... provided it washes out :P

Connie De Alwis said...

Ee Von: Haha. you do? At least I can imagine you with tanned skin

PB: I can't afford to dare you to go for a spray tan la but I can sponsor a self-tanner. Up for it? :p

balletfillet said...

I'm Filipino so I know what you're talking about with the whole "not wanting to look tan" culture. However, since I live in the US and I'm a pro-cheerleader, I have to have some color so I don't look washed out. I *love* spray tans. I don't worry so much about damage to my skin and it's so quick to get desired results.

Besides, why have a complexion that lends itself to being easily tan if you're not going to use it? I can tell you that all my Caucasian friends are jealous :)

jojoba (My Makeup Reviews) said...

i love looking tanned! but i hate to sit inside a cubical for so long to get a tan. therefore, i always choose to be outdoors, esp swimming. i am glad there is such a place in KL. when i am sick of swimming, i can always find an alternative!

xin said...

hey i too wonder how will i look like if i am in the shade of orange O_o

Connie De Alwis said...

balletfillet: Not shocking that your Caucasian friends are jealous! I suppose a tanned complexion is much more appreciated in the US

jojoba: When I'm outdoors, I'm usually afraid of photo damage. My skin would look dry and blotchy. I find tanning lotions moisturize the skin and help it tan more evenly when I'm outdoors. Still use sunblock so my tan won't be as deep but at least I feel a wee bit better

xin: haha. not orange la! golden :D

Fifi said...

Ha! Same thing here in Indonesia of course, my friends always carry an umbrella during the day. Too much work for me, lol. I usually don't like the tan I get when I've been outdoors a lot... do you use any products like tanning oil or something when you sunbath?

Connie De Alwis said...

Fifi: I'm too lazy to tote an umbrella around! You have a beautiful skin tone :) When I tan on the tanning bed or at the beach (though I actually just play at the beach and not actually tan), I'd apply tanning lotion (oil's messy and disperses in the water).

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