Spray tanning has become a popular trend for those who desire a perfect tan but fear excess UVB or sun exposure. Tanning beds and excess sun exposure can be very damaging to the skin, causing it to dry, burn, or worse still, creating cancers that can lead to further complications. Spray tanning is a safe alternative to sunbathing and tanning beds and is becoming increasingly popular as people become more aware of the dangers of tanning beds.
A spray tan is a cosmetic procedure in which a bronzing solution made from a certain percentage of Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a colorless sugar, reacts with the amino acids in the top layers of your skin and over a period of 8 hours turns to a golden tan.
An ideal tanning solution is one that uses an anti-aging, organic formula that is a spa treatment of its own. The best solutions are aloe based and comprised of nourishing ingredients such as vitamins A, D, and E, wheat amino acids, and white and green tea leaf extract. The two significant anti-aging ingredients found in many tanning solutions are COQ10, a powerful antioxidant that helps to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and Matrixyl, which increases the elasticity and reduces wrinkles in the skin.
An average session would be anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. It is recommended that you exfoliate your skin prior to your spray tanning session as this will yield the best results. Do not wear any lotions or makeup to your appointment as these things could interfere with the results and the tanning solution. You will most likely be responsible for choosing your desired shade; either a light tan or a more dark bronze. If you have more fair skin, start with a lighter tan but if you have a darker complexion already, you could go for a deeper tan.
As for the actual process, women can wear undergarments (either disposable or their own) or they can choose to go in the nude. Men are usually required to wear a disposable undergarment. Your spray tan technician will walk you through the correct poses as to create an even glow of the skin. To finish, a short dry session is required before putting your loose clothing back on over your new tan.
After your tan, which should last about 7 – 10 days, there are some skin care methods that will help your healthy glow last longer.
- You need to apply a moisturizer once a day, but that moisturizer should not contain perfumes.
- Avoid straight oils on the skin as it will remove your tan.
- Pat the skin rather than rub.
Are you ready for that perfect glow? Contact your local salon or spa and ask about their spray tanning services. You will not only be avoiding the dangers of too many rays but you will end up with softer, healthier skin. Finally a tan that is healthy!