Spray tanning may be the final frontier for natural organic beauty products. And Amy Staubitz, RN has conquered it. Last spring, Staubitz, a registered nurse with an MBA, opened Aurora Organic Spray Tans in Walnut Creek. Her special tanning formula includes a natural, eco-certified pigment from red beets to give your skin a sun-kissed glow. What’s more, Staubitz says Aurora’s spray tanning spritzes are oil-free, alcohol-free, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, paraben-free, aloe vera-free, gluten-free, vegan, PETA approved and dermatologist approved. And it can be customized into 50 different tones.
With her combined background in health care and business, Amy Staubitz seems to be on to something. Coco Chanel, fashion’s great rebel, was the first to link tanning to beauty in the 1920s. Prior to that, it was considered an undesirable indication of doing outdoor labor. By the 1970s, dermatologists began sounding the alarm about how today’s tans cause tomorrow’s wrinkles and skin cancer. Tanning beds with ultra violet rays were deemed harmful. Some dermatologists even suggested self-tanning lotions could cause unhealthy changes to the skin’s melanin pigment layers. Just when it seemed like there was no hope, spray tans came to the rescue.
Staubitz became concerned about the long-term effects of chemicals on the skin from years of working in hospitals. “As a wound care nurse, I treated a lot of skin cancer patients,” she recalls. “I saw the impact it had on their lives.” Her interest in helping patients regain their dignity after severe skin injuries led Staubitz to open a spray tan business. And her concern about the long term effects of chemicals on the skin, led Staubitz to use only organic products in her spray tan solutions. “It takes about 26 seconds for chemicals to enter the body through the skin, and some can be very toxic,” she says.
Aurora Organic’s gentle ingredients also cost less––full body tan $45, partial body $25 and just the face $10—allowing many clients to come in every week. The process takes about 15 minutes and disposable accessories, such as thongs and feet protectors, are provided. “People like the natural look of our tans,” says Staubitz. “They won’t turn you orange. You won’t leave looking like an Oompa-Loompa.” 1109 Bont Lane, WC, auroraorganictan.com.