SPRAY TAN OVERVIEW
Spray tanning, a very popular salon treatment, is sometimes also known as sunless tanning, UV-free tanning, self-tanning, (when applied topically), or fake tanning. During the treatment chemicals are applied to the skin to produce an effect similar in appearance to a suntan. Some salons provide automatic spray tanning booths where you stand up inside a tanning booth and a number of spray jets pump out the product in a mist to evenly cover your body. Alternatively, air brush tanning is a spray-on tan performed by a professional. An air brush tan can last five to ten days and will fade when the skin is washed. It is often used for special occasions; before going on a sun holiday; or to get a quick dark tan. At-home airbrush tanning kits and aerosol mists are also available.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Once you tell the tanning expert how you like your tan (lighter, darker, more golden or brown) they will be able to tell you which one to choose. There are a few key factors to obtaining and maintaining a beautiful spray tan. For best results exfoliate and shower before the tanning treatment. Remove unwanted hair at least 24 hours before the treatment. Do not moisturise on the day of your spray tan, as this can cause a barrier, After a tanning application avoid other beauty treatments and water for at least 8 hours.
BENEFITS OF SPRAY TANNING
Spray tanning is probably the easiest form of tanning. It is also one of the fastest methods of getting that colour that you want without having to spend weeks trying to get it outdoors or inside a tanning bed. Spray tanning products dry quickly and, in truth, cost far less messy than applying loads of sunscreen or tanning oil when you go to a tanning bed or you tan outside. More often than not, spray tanning provides much better control of the results by producing an even skin colour throughout the entire body. The ability to get an even skin tone from head to toe is one of the biggest benefits of using these products. And a huge one, is decreasing the risk of skin cancer associated with traditional tanning through over-exposure to the sun's dangerous rays.
Some recent research suggests that spray tanning may actually increase your risk of cancer. DHA, dihydroxyacetone, is the active ingredient in spray tanners and medical experts have found that, if introduced into the bloodstream (which can happen if it is inhaled), it has the "potential to cause genetic alternations and DNA damage”. There is a bit of prep needed before getting ready for your spray tan and as well to maintain it post the session. Immediately after your session the skin can feel a bit greasy and sticky; and it takes a little while to dry properly. During this time you do need to take care not to rub off the tan where it is still wet; and to avoid wearing white or pale clothing which could stain.