When Ahwatukee Foothills resident Sarah Reiter got tired of driving to Scottsdale for a chemical-free and sun-free tan she decided it was time to bring another option to Ahwatukee.
In November she opened Sunless Body Glo, a boutique-style air brush tanning salon that carries only truly organic and vegan sprays.
“The whole idea of getting a spray tan is to avoid the damaging rays of the sun, the melanoma, age spots and wrinkles,” Reiter said. “It seems like it defeats the purpose if the chemicals you are spraying have cancer-causing agents. I wanted to start something that was the safest, non-toxic, with organic and all naturally derived ingredients and cruelty-free, and have no animal bi-products as well.”
Reiter said finding the right products was a challenge. The word “organic” isn’t as closely regulated for cosmetics as it is for food. It took a lot of research to find the full ingredient list for products and identify which ones truly were as organic as they claimed. Reiter did the research for herself at first but says she realized it’s something that wasn’t being offered near her home.
Sunless Body Glo offers a hand-sprayed tan. Reiter said her products are derived from sugars and react with dead skin cells on the body to produce a brown or bronze color, similar to the way a cut apple turns brown when the sugars react with the air. As the body foliates, which Reiter said is a 28-day process, the color naturally fades away.
“I think a lot of people have misconceptions that spray tanning isn’t safe,” Reiter said. “It is a valid concern because if you go to the wrong place and they spray you with harsh chemicals I would say yes, you’re probably doing yourself more harm than good. Your initial intent in going to an airbrush place is to have the benefits of looking cute with a tan without sitting in the sun. People have to do their research to find the perfect fit.”
Sunless Body Glo is located in the Ray Ranch Circle Plaza, 4302 E. Ray Road, Suite 117. It’s the only upstairs suite in the complex with parking in the back. Tans are done by appointment only. For more information, visit www.sunlessbodyglo.com or call (480) 626-2874.
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