Body Bronze offers new tanning alternative

Posted: Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Body Bronze owner Niccole Olsen loves the sun and all it represents for outdoor fun, but when it comes to skin health and care she draws the line on rays and tanning booths.

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Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire

"If I don't use it I don't offer it to my clients," Olsen said as she applied an air brushing to a customer. "Air brushing is the only safe way to achieve a tan."

Olsen opened Body Bronze, an air brush tanning salon, in late May. Even with her hard to find location, in The Klein Building above High Tide Tattoo on Franklin and Second streets, she said clients have been seeking her out.

The tanning spray used is organic and includes a colorless sugar that reacts with skin proteins and amino acids in the outer layer of the skin.

The airbrushing takes place in a private room and clients can wear whatever they are comfortable with or be provided with disposable garments. The spray doesn't stain clothing.

"Most of my female clients start with their own bra and underwear," Olsen said. "Then they wear my provided clothing and by the third visit they just tan naked."

Bronzing takes 10 to 12 minutes and about 30 more to dry. Olsen said the tans last 10 days or more. Showering and workouts should be postponed for about eight hours to allow the solution to reach full development.

Olsen said her method creats a more even tan than a spray booth and is safer than tanning beds and the sun.

"It's an instant dose of color and you are not exposing yourself to skin cancer or harmful rays," Olsen said.

Olsen does recommend moisturizing and offers pre- and post-natural tan products. She also features a Galvanic Spa for face and body skin tightening, a vitamin line of antioxidants, and a hair product that has brought her "semi-balding" husband a healthy head of hair.

"He has been the guinea pig for everything," Olsen laughed. "He was supportive and let me practice on him a lot. The tanning he wasn't too excited about as I tried a variety of mixtures, but getting his hair back has him smiling."

Olsen welcomes anyone interested to stop by for a complimentary skin patch test. She can be reached at 209-5499 or niccoleolsen@gmail.com

• Contact Klas Stolpe at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.



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