From Olivia Culpo to Celine Farach, Melissa Valenzuela has tanned some of the most “it” girls of our generation. Valenzuela’s business, Best Miami Tan, lives up to its name as one of the best spray tans in Miami.
After 15 years as a make-up artist, Valenzuela pivoted into the tanning industry. She was initially introduced to a European line that was coming to the United States and fell in love with both the service and the product. This was all shortly after her father had been diagnosed with skin cancer, which brought both an emotional and meaningful element to her work.
Her tanning focuses on providing her clients with a natural, bronzed tan. From day-to-day tanning to brides and even runway, Valenzuela has worked with some of the top clientele in Miami for their special events.
Valenzuela broke down the must-know information before and after spray tanning. “So the first thing I would tell you is to exfoliate now, I always say exfoliate with a hand towel,” she explained while emphasizing that she prefers her clients to exfoliate with a hand towel as opposed to a loofah because it makes the skin a fresh canvas. Clients are encouraged to shave either 24 hours before or 24 hours after the tan. Valenzuela further explained that we do this, “So the pores have time to close and go back to the original state before we apply the products.”
Upon arriving at your appointment, Valenzuela will ask a variety of questions about your outfits, the timeline of your tan and other important details that will assist her in choosing the shade and whether you do or do not need tan lines.
Once Valenzuela has tanned you to perfection, she encourages her clients to follow a few aftercare tips to ensure the longevity and preciseness of the tan. She said, “You always want to keep the skin hydrated. So that's the biggest, biggest one. And then obviously, no exfoliating until you want your tan to go away, until you're ready to exfoliate it off.”
Valenzuela’s tans are some of the most natural in Miami, giving a beautifully bronzed glow. Her business has built quite the reputation among celebrities and Miami locals, which Valenzuela believes to have happened through word-of-mouth.
If you’re looking to get ready for a special event or just a regular tan, be sure to visit Best Miami Tan or check out their website at, bestmiamitan.com.