April 26, 2010 12:00 PM

DANCING WITH THE STARS

THE WEST COAST SHOW HAS PROS ADMINISTER SPRAY-ON SHEENS

METHODS:

SPRAY TAN AND MAKEUP

To help the dancers look good on camera, on-set spray tanner Fiona Locke applies “liquid courage.”

FREQUENCY:

ONCE A WEEK

Sunday is tanning day, but extra sessions are optional for the fair.

HAZARDS:

PRODUCT BUILDUP

Overdoing spray tans may lead to layers that become “cracked-looking on the skin,” says Locke.

SAFETY RATING:

REASONABLY SAFE

Spray tans are safe unless you’re allergic to them, says Sadick.

COST:

$25 AND UP

Spa visits start at $60, but self-tan St. Tropez products start at $25.

BOTTOM LINE:

YOU’LL GLOW ON CAMERA, AND A SPRAY BEATS UVA RAYS

VS

JERSEY SHORE

THE EAST COAST CAST (NOW IN MIAMI BEACH) RELIES ON THEIR OWN INSTINCTS

METHODS:

SALON AND SUN

The cast favors tanning beds, stand-up spray tan booths-and going shirtless in the sun.

FREQUENCY:

2-4 DAYS A WEEK

Last year at least one Shore member visited N.J.’s Simply Sun Tanning daily.

HAZARDS:

PREMATURE AGING

Collagen and elastin break down. “There are no safe tanning beds,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Neil Sadick.

SAFETY RATING:

AT YOUR OWN RISK!

UVA rays from tanning beds can lead to cancer risk, says Sadick.

COST:

FROM $9-$30

Tanning beds start at $9 a session, while stand-up booths cost about $30.

BOTTOM LINE:

BEDS ARE RISKY, SPRAYS ARE SAFER. IT COSTS TO GET THAT “GUIDO” GLOW!

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