I guarantee you’ve seen the meme I’m referencing: a girl sitting in her car, looking up at the road with streaks all down her face and neck, having just had a spray tan and a case of the boo hoos. I’m sure you’ve been tagged in the photo that went very viral today on Instagram by at least three of your friends (if you haven’t, do you even have friends?) with a warning of “do not cry after a spray tan.”
The girl in the photo is 17-year-old Skyler Davis, and she was spray tanning for the first time right before her senior prom (throwback to prom, am I right?). I’m from New Jersey so spray tanning and bed tanning were a v. big deal. Personally, I just had my first spray tan ever and came out looking like someone Snooki and/or JWoww would consider beautiful. That shit’s addictive so I kind of get it.
Regardless, Davis, like most girls, felt far too pale to be wearing a dress in front of all her peers and decided to get her first spray tan. Only 10 minutes later did she have a fight with her boyfriend (ugh) that resulted in the tears that streaked her face. “As soon as my tears started coming, I saw I had no tissues in my car and knew I was doomed,” she told Buzzfeed. “All of a sudden there were white streaks on my once-tan face. Looking in the mirror, I only began to cry more, and there was absolutely nothing I could do but let the tears rolls down my face and completely ruin my spray tan.” Talk about #firstworldproblems.
Fortunately, Skyler problem-solved and went home to shower. Much like Chutney couldn’t shower after getting a perm for risk of deactivating the ammonium thioglycolate in her curls, one shouldn’t shower for at least a night after getting a spray tan or it’ll wash off. You’ve been warned.
But the real lesson here is: don’t have feelings, because they just fuck up your life (and your tan).