But what exactly is spray tanning? How does it work? What brand do we use?
I’m glad you asked… let’s go over each one of those right now!
The Basics of a Spray tan
Spray tanning is a form of self tanning (or sunless tanning) where a fine mist is sprayed onto your body.
This mist has an ingredient in it called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) that interacts with your own skin’s chemistry to turn it tan, or bronze.
This temporary effect generally lasts from 3-7 days and is completely safe for your skin (although it doesn’t provide any protection against the sun’s rays).
The results you can get from tanning sprays are generally very good. Many celebrities and models prefer spray tanning to just about anything else to get the color they want.
How is a spray tan applied?
Now, the mist can be sprayed from a variety of ‘devices’.
First, you can go to a tanning or beauty salon and have it applied in a booth.
These specially-designed booths have several nozzles or jets that spray your entire body with the spray tanning solution.
Second, a spray tan can be administered with a airbrush or airgun as they’re called.
These look similar to a paint gun that painters use on your house!
They tend to be smaller and more mobile than a booth.
Last, you can get a spray tan from a bottle.
There are lots of companies that make spray tanning products that have the same ingredients you’ll find in a salon or airbrush gun.
Pros and Cons of Spray Tanning
If you compare spray tanning to other forms of self tanning products you’ll definitely see some differences.
But before we go over these differences, keep one thing in mind.
All forms of self tanning and spray tanning use the exact same active ingredient, DHA. But that doesn’t mean you’ll get the same results with any old product that has DHA in it.
First and foremost, spray tanning is easy.
Once you’ve prepared, you just go to a tanning salon or have someone come to your house.
The booth or technician then sprays your entire body with a fine mist, that’s it, you’re done!
It’s easier and less time-consuming than spreading a lotion or gel all over your body.
Another benefit of spray tanning is it dries quicker than many self tanning products.
That means it’s less likely to get all over your clothes and your bed.
As for the color achieved with spray tanning, that varies from person to person.
Some people like the color and evenness you get with spray tanning, others think self tanning lotions and gels are better.
Because everyone has slightly different skin chemistry, you’ll need to see what works best for you.
A spray tan is a bit more expensive, than using self tanning lotions and creams at home.
One of the other things people don’t like is the inconvenience of either going to a tanning salon.
It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but driving to a salon every week or few days can be a pain!
And when you’re done you have to put back on your clothes and get in a car, all with that tanning solution all over your body.
Is Spray Tanning Safe?
For the most part, spray tanning is considered fairly safe.
Back in 2010, there was a report that basically said inhaling DHA, the main ingredient in spray tan solution, hadn’t been studied by the FDA and therefore could be harmful.
It turned out the report was sponsored by the indoor tanning lobby and drew some incorrect conclusions on the minimal testing that had been done 20 years ago… in test tubes (not on humans or animals).
Although the report was bogus, the FDA does recommend minimizing inhalation of tanning solution and keeping it out of your mucous membranes (eyes and nose).
How To Prepare For Your Spray Tanning Session
If you’re reading this far you’ve probably decided to go ahead and give spray tanning a chance!
Good for you!
Before you head off to the salon, here’s a few tips you should follow to ensure that you get am even, beautiful tan.
1. Make sure you shave or wax before your appointment.
A lot of people say to do it a day or two before (so your pores close) but that only applies if the solution is dark or has a bronzer in it. If it’s a clear solution, you can shave or wax the day of.
2. Be sure to exfoliate your skin the day before your appointment.
Based on the way self tanners work, it’s important to slough off as much dead and dry skin as possible before applying any self tanner or tanning spray. Just trust us, you’ll get a better result!
3. Try to remove moisturizers, makeup and deodorant before you spray tan.
These products contain ingredients like oils that can make it hard for the main ingredient in self tanning spray to bind to your skin. This could cause your spray tan to look streaky and blotchy. You don’t want that!
4. Try to keep the spray tan solution on overnight and don’t put on any moisturizer until the next day.
That means no showering, using soap, or any moisturizer for at least 8 hours. You could shrink that time down a little, but you won’t get the best results if you do. The color starts to develop within an hour or two and really kicks in within 3-5 hours.
Which brand do we use and why?
We use Fake Bake Spray Tan Liquids which are available in different variants, to enable you to pick the solution most suited to your skin tone and lifestyle. Let’s face it, everyone loves variety and we have your every tanning desire covered.
So what makes Fake Bake stand out amidst the tanning elite?
- Fake Bake’ has a pleasant scent, so none of that biscuity smell so often associated with other tans thank you.
- All solutions will develop to complement your natural pigment. We say ‘hell no’ to orange tans!
- All liquids are free from artificial preservatives and parabens and contain our naturally-derived, unique tanning formula for longer lasting, natural looking results.
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