Great Business: Zen Bronze

Since both my parents have been diagnosed with melanoma I have started to think long and hard about the time I spend in the sun and how I choose to protect myself from sun damage. I wear an array of sunscreens (every day on my face!) that range from an spf of 30 all the way up to 60. I also stay in the shade whenever possible and wear hats often. I am on the hunt for a great sun hat that travels well – recommendations welcome! Staying out of the sun means I no longer have that “healthy glow” that I crave in the spring and summer. After seeing a few fair-skinned friends show up in early spring with a beautiful bronzed complexion I had to inquire about where they had snuck away to. Each of them responded “Zen Bronze of course!” My curiosity was piqued and so before spring break I headed to the Zen Bronze location in Riverside to give spray tanning a try. I was immediately hooked! The whole process took about 30 minutes and I loved that the tan was very even. While on vacation later that week I already had a “tan” so I lost the urge to lie in the sun tanning and avoided more damage my skin. I must admit I am hooked and plan to go once a month during spring and summer – no more lying in the sun for this gal!

They have two Zen Bronze locations, 1081 East Putnam Avenue, Riverside, CT 06878 and 231 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06880. They offer student discounts as well as mobile airbrush tanning, where they can take the session to you. You can visit Zen Bronze Healthy Organic Airbrush Tanning here to book your appointment online.

Q&A with Donna Buscemi, Owner, Zen Bronze

What is Zen Bronze?

Zen Bronze is a Custom Organic Airbrush Tanning business.

What is in your spray tan solution and how is it organic?

Our solution is All Natural Ingredients, Eco-Cert Organic DHA, Hypoallergenic, Fragrance-Free, Oil-Free, Alcohol-Free, Paraben-Free, Vegan, Fast Drying, and it is applied in 15 minutes or less!

Can you spray tan when you are pregnant or breast feeding?

Yes, is it safe to spray tan while pregnant, however it is best to check with your doctor.

How long do your spray tans last?

Spray tans generally last 7-10 days, but can last much longer with our moisturizer and tan extender that are available in the salons.

Why spray tan instead of lying in the sun?

Many clients receive a spray tan before laying in the sun or going on vacation so that they can receive an instant tan before working on their natural tan from the sun. Although this is an option, it’s best to protect your skin from the sun and its harmful rays. Organic Airbrush tanning gives people the option to get a gorgeous, natural, glow with out the damage and sun burn.

How long does the whole process take when someone comes in?

Each session only takes about 20 minutes.

What’s the difference between the express and regular tan?

Once receiving the Zen Bronze Original tan, one will need to wait 8-10 hours before showering. With the Express, clients only need to wait 1 and half to 3 hours before showering, depending upon the color that they are looking for. Although the Express solution develops quicker, the client’s true spray tan color will not show until 4-6 hours after showering.

What should people wear to their appointment?

Clients can choose to wear whatever they are most comfortable with to the appointment. Many choose to wear bathing suits, or the disposable underwear that we have available in each of the salons. Afterwards, it’s important that clients wear loose, dark clothing so that they do not smudge the tan immediately after being sprayed.

When do you have to shower after getting a spray tan?

The Original solution requires that one must shower 8-10 hours later after being sprayed. For clients looking to get the Express solution, they will receive a consultation during their session, regarding the color and look that they are going for and when they should shower following the appointment.

How can you make your tan last longer?

Moisturizing can significantly help the life of your tan, however, the best way to ensure that you have a gorgeous, long lasting glow, is to use our tan extender and moisturizer that we have available for sale in the salons.

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