A dancers’ marketability as a performer, includes much more than just dance skill, on the contrary, sometimes, appearance is more important to your employer. Different jobs require different ‘looks’. Use your imagination to envision who you would EXPECT to see performing at a outdoor Reggae Festival versus the Turkish-American annual formal dinner/show. I imagine the Reggae festival would want a soulful dancer in natural fabric costuming in bright colors like red, green, and yellow. The Turkish-American formal show would be more interested in an energetic, petite dancer in beads and chiffon. A smart businessperson realizes this and is aware that she has three options; she can pursue only the venues that will accept her for who she ‘appears to be’. Or, She can adjust her presentation to suit the event and/or the employer’s wishes. Or three, she can moan and groan about how life isn’t fair, each time she feels she was unfairly passed over for a job, due to some aspect of her dance presentation or appearance that she is unwilling or unable to change. Just because you wear a wig or go to a fair with minimal make-up or even ‘rub’ on a tan for an event does not change who you are. To look like you have just step out of the sand and sun of the desert, try these tips.
Self-tanning lotions tips:
Get rid of dead skin cells-Exfoliate. It is the nature of skin cells to be plump and beautiful. Then slowly, dead cells slough off at the surface of skin. When you exfoliate with scrubs, loofah sponges or sea salts, you remove the dry cells instantly, leaving ‘fresh skin’.
Clean and drench- Shower. Some exfoliators work in the shower; some before you get wet, read your directions. Showering allows your skin to become fully saturated with water, evening out porosity in dry areas to avoid streaks and those unsightly brown/orange ankles and knees. As you well know, water evaporates, so it is best to apply self-tanning lotion after you pat your skin dry. (If you don’t have time to shower on the day of application, apply regular moisturizing lotion before your tanning product.)
Allow lotion to absorb-Wait.Maybe the hardest step of self-tanning, patience! Wait a few minutes before dressing to avoid rub off onto clothing or bedding. Make sure product is fully absorbed.
Moisturize your skin daily and reapply according to directions, usually every other or third day.
Hate to spend your time rubbing on lotion? Many spa centers offer bronzing treatments using the traditional (previously mentioned) steps. Try something new in self-tanning. A tan shower. This booth is designed to ‘spray’ you with a fine mist of tanning product in just a few minutes. You enter and then turn a little, move your arms a little and presto- you have avoided having to apply cream yourself. This quick tan cost around $25. Per visit.
Tanning beds Using a tanning bed is also an option for the desert goddess look. It is important that you follow the guidelines of your tanning salon. Remember time in a tanning bed is equal to, or even more intense than outdoor tanning. Protect your eyes with goggles.
Sun worshiping If you must be in the sun, respect its aging powers. Use a sunscreen. To minimize aging effects on sensitive areas such as face, neck, hands, and chest, cover these areas with a towel and use higher SPF OR BOTH. You will have a lighter tan in these areas but make up or bronzing powders can easily make up the difference in color and save the elasticity of your skin for a longer amount of time. We all know the findings of the damaging effects of prolonged sun exposure. A safe alternative to tanning is make-up, and bronzing powders. Keep your skin moisturized no matter which method you choose to bronze your skin. Now that you have your tan, go get your beach town gig! Wear bright colors and shells! Cultivating your performance marketability is not a sell out- it’s SHOW BUSINESS!