When going on vacation, people seem to always want to return home with a nice tan as their souvenir. In tropical, sunny Sayulita, it is common to see tourists and locals alike walking around with a nice sun-kissed tan; however, more often than not, we also commonly see people with badly burnt skin and harsh tan lines. Tan on the Run in Sayulita provides air-brushed, customized spray tanning in the comfort of your own home or vacation rental, so that you can get that perfect tropical vacation glow, without the fear of a sunburn or bad tan lines. Whether you’re vacationing in Sayulita, living here permanently, or here for a special occasion, Tan on the Run can benefit you. I talked with owner Laura Bird about her company and the reason why her airbrush tanning solution is so popular.
First, can you please give readers a brief background about yourself?
I am originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. My parents were snowbirds in the Nayarit area, so I used to visit often and fell in love with the area. Last year in 2019, I was finishing my practical portion of a form of bodywork and spent six months in the state of Nayarit. When I returned back to Canada in the spring, I worked very hard to make moving to Mexico happen. I successfully made the drive in October of 2019, and brought along my diverse skill set here to Sayulita. I now run Tan on the Run Puerto Vallarta, my mobile business and service, from Sayulita to Puerto Vallarta. Tan on the Run services cities and towns world wide.
What is Tan on the Run in a nutshell? In other words, what services do you provide, and where?
Tan On The Run is an organic, mobile, airbrush spray tanning service that uses our own exclusive tanning product that uses ECOCERT Certified Organic DHA and Aloe Vera, is 100% vegan, and contains no parabens. Our “Oh So Organic” tanning solution is all natural, gluten-free, and hypoallergenic, so you can feel as good as you look when you use our product! Our patented solution contains natural pigments to temporarily change the color of your skin. It is non-greasy, quick drying, streak-free, and creates the most natural, orange-free tan for all skin types. Our system is ideal for individuals that would like to achieve a golden, even tan, without harmful UV rays. All of this has led us to be sought out by celebrities and media personalities alike. The application of the spray tan takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes, and your tan will last for 5 to 10 days. We are dedicated to delivering unrivaled service in the convenience of your own home, hotel, or venue. We also tan for special events, such as weddings, fitness competitions, on-set movie productions, photo shoots, and much more!
What is your background experience in the beauty/health industry?
I have been in the health industry for over thirteen years. I also provide body sugaring hair removal, trained by Alexandria Professional, and I use their products exclusively; they have a distribution hub in Mexico which makes it convenient. I am also an Ortho-Bionomy practitioner. This means I have a bit of a diverse daily schedule, between sugaring, spray tanning, and providing ortho sessions. That way I never get bored!
Why might someone choose to use your services? Or, what would you say to someone who says they can just go out to the beach to tan?
The spray tans are extremely popular for brides in Canada and the US, but as most people would initially assume, a spray tan is not as needed in an area like Sayulita with plenty of sunshine. However, the hard truth about the sun is that it can create terrible tans lines, burns, and skin damage, and the time it takes to get the perfect tan can vary greatly. More and more people are not laying out in the sun, avoiding the harmful rays, and instead are liking the organic, natural look of our spray tan. When someone wants an even tan with no lines, spray tans are the way to go instead of tanning outside. It is hard to monitor your tan when out in the harsh sun, and depending on skin tones, some never get a nice brown color, or on the flip side, some people burn very easily! For example, the worst thing we see in destination wedding pictures is when we see a bride in a strapless dress with bad sunburn lines. Furthermore, I have many clients that don’t get to be out in the sun very often due to their work schedule, so they will get an airbrush spray tan to look great or feel more confident in their dresses and shorts. Others may choose to have a spray tan because they really don’t get tan outside, and so it is the only way to have a nice, even color when on vacation or even if living here. Other times we provide tans for Sayulita destination weddings, photoshoots, events, and fitness competitions. There have been many studies that reveal that the majority of people feel better on the inside and and feel like they look better on the outside when they have a nice tan!
What type of spray do you use, what are its strengths/benefits, and how do you customize it to your clients' liking?
Our exclusive product has been out and tested for 14 years. We are the number one spray tan in Canada. We customize the color for the client’s skin tone, and it is very hydrating for the skin. We also have a small product line with amazing organic products like soap, tan extenders, and face bronzers. We have a rapid tanning solution so that the product is only on the skin for 2 to 4 hours, and we have our regular solution as well for those that don’t mind having the solution on for a longer period of time.
Is there anything else you'd like readers to know?
I am a mobile service, and I find that most people see this as very beneficial because after the application of their tan, they have the comfort of letting the tan dry at their own home or hotel, and they do not have to get out in the hot weather, etc. The process is a quick and easy set-up and take- down with no mess. Additionally, I offer group discounts for wedding parties. My hours are seven days a week, early mornings or late evenings by appointment. To learn more, ask questions, or make an appointment, visit my website, or my Sayulita Life web page.
*Written by: Aanya Sheikh-Taheri