5 Facts You Should Absolutely Know About Spray Tanning

At first glance, spray tanning can be the answer to achieving a sun-kissed glow without any sun damage.With the orangey tan popularized on  TV shows like Jersey Shore and cautionary tales like the story of Tan Mom, it makes sense that many are skeptical and cautious about embracing spray tanning. With conflicting information the only kind available, it’s imperative to look into the safest ways to get sunless tans. 

Here are some key facts that’ll have you safely glowing like you just returned from a vacation: 

1. Sunless tans are safer than UV tans. 

UV tanning is unsafe- it’s a significant factor in the formation of many types of skin cancer. Sunless tanning should be the sole option for achieving a bronzed look. The active ingredient in sunless tanning products is coloring agent DHA, which combines with amino acids in the skin to achieve the faux glow, only browns the outermost, dead cell layer of the skin whereas UV rays seep into deeper layers of the skin. 

2.The active ingredient (DHA) comes in different strengths.

According to a 2019 Byrdie article titled “Everything You Need to Know About Getting A Spray Tan”, all spray tans contain DHA, but when it comes to all sunless tanning products they don’t contain the same percentage of it. In most cases,  the higher the percentage of DHA, the quicker and darker the tan develops. Some people are DHA sensitive and some are DHA resistant. Always talk to your spray tan applicator to figure out what amount is good for you.  

3.Spray tans are for everyone. 

Spray tanning is about achieving that extra glow that enhances your skin color, it’s not meant to darken complexion. There are multiple factors that can come from achieving a natural-looking, sunkissed glow. Tanning is not a necessity for confidence, it’s a tool that can do that by adding warmth to your skin tone if you’d like. 

4.A great spray tan needs  proper prepping and aftercare. 

Exfoliating your skin is key in preparing for a spray tan that ensures there’s a dry layer of skin for the tan to develop. Dead skin,can lead to a splotchy, uneven tan developing across the desired part. Avoid moisturizer, perfumes, or makeup- that will act as a repellent for tanning products. After, avoid physical activities such as exercising and bathing 4 hours after tanning to let it set in.  Moisturize with sunless aftercare products to make your tan last. With proper care your tan lasts up to 7 days. 

5.Self-tanner is an alternative to professional salons. 

If you’re looking to save money on your faux glow, self-tanner may be for you. If you’re new to this, focus on body parts such as the face or arms to test reactions and achieve mastery. Results vary individually, but in some cases, one application can last for two weeks before fading starts. 

The choice to spray tan is ultimately yours. You’re beautiful in the skin you’re in. However, if you do try it, a trusted studio and spray tan artist can help you with having a great experience. With these tips in mind, you can achieve an effortless-looking, radiant faux glow. Happy tanning!! 

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