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SPRAY TAN

What Is Spray Tanning? And Is It Right For Me?

Unless you’re living under a rock, you probably know that “looking tan” is the hottest accessory you can own right now.

And for good reason, just about everyone looks a lot better when then have a little color.

Right or wrong, the pale, white ‘sickly’ look is definitely out!

And because we now know that baking in the sun (or in a tanning bed)  all day is REALLY bad for our skin, tons of people are turning to spray tanning to get that beautiful bronze glow.

But what exactly is spray tanning?   How does it work?   How much does it cost?   And where do I get it done?

I’m glad you asked… let’s go over each one of those right now!

The Basics of Spray Tanning

Let’s start at the beginning. 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.

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 (obviously) 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 like lotions, creams, gels, and mousses, 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 (believe me)!

That said, let’s go over some of the benefits of spray tanning.

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.  Once you blend it in a little, that’s it, you’re done!

It’s definitely a little easier and less time-consuming than spreading a lotion or gel all over your body.

Another benefit of spray tanning is the fact that it dries quicker than many self tanning products.

That means it’s less likely to get all over your clothes, your bed, and your partner!

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 really need to experiment a bit to see what works best for you.

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).

So while spray tanning is considered safe, if you want to be absolutely sure, you should use at-home self tanning lotions, creams and gels.

If you do decide to spray tan, make sure you wear a nose clip and cover your face :)