Many fair-skinned women desire to have a copper-toned skin color and by achieving this, you need sun exposure. With the growing tested and seen dangers of UV ray exposure, sun tanning is not an option; however, there is still hope. This innovation is called “Sunless Tanning”. For this method, you can choose to use tanning lotions, gels, mousses, sun bed or the most popular tool, spray tanning.
The basic ingredient of spray tanning is a substance called DHA (dihydroxyacetone). It is a form of sugar that is derived from a plant source. It is approved by FDA (Federal Drug Administration). It reacts with amino acids found in the dead cells of our skin. Our skin is made up of two layers: the epidermis (outer layer) and the dermis (inner layer). It is in the epidermis where the action takes place. When the DHA adheres with the skin cells, a color change happens giving you a tan, but, everyday, those dead skin cells sloughs off for new cells to appear and the tan comes along with it. That is the reason why the sun-kissed color spray tans fades gradually. Approximately, the tan will last within a week.
Spray tanning is usually done in salons but if you don’t want to spend much, spray tanning can be done at home. Just purchase a spray tan can and you can do it yourself if you know how to. But if you don’t want blotches in your skin, there are basically two ways to get a spray tan. You can choose from spray tanning booths or get an airbrush tan.
Spray tanning booths work by emitting fine mist of tanning solution. Usually, you can opt to wear a dark-colored two-piece bathing suit while undergoing the process, if you don’t want to be unclothed. It only takes a minute to finish the process. Afterwards, you towel-off excess solution. After about an hour or two, the result of spray tanning will take its effect. On the other hand, airbrush tan is done manually by a trained tanning technician. In this process, the technician can make sure that there will be no spots missed during the spray tanning. You can take a shower about 4 hours after the session.
With every process come benefits and side effects. Here are some benefits that you can get from spray tanning:
1. ACCESIBILITY. You can get a tan whenever you like and wherever you are. This is very beneficial for those who live in places with cold climates wherein the sun barely rises.
2. AVAILABILITY. You can choose among a wide range of spray tan colors, but be careful in choosing the right shade for your skin. You don’t want to be an orange lady walking down the street. It is a must to ask for suggestions from a spray tanning technician or you can apply a small amount of solution to a part of your skin to try what’s best for you.
3. LESS STAIN. Unlike wet sunless tans like lotions, gels and mousses, spray tanning dries up much faster leaving your clothes less stains.
4. BETTER RESULTS. Doing spray tanning is much better than applying tanning creams and lotions, because it doesn’t leave streaks and blotches on your skin.
5. STAYS LONGER. Wet tanning solutions like lotions can only last for 2-3 days while spray tanning can last up to a week or more depending on reaction of your skin.
Some of the side effects though are the following:
1. SKIN CONDITIONS. DHA is a sugar component that can trigger an allergic reaction to the skin causing irritations, allergies or drying-up of the skin. It is better to consult a dermatologist first before undergoing the treatment.
2. LUNG PROBLEMS. Spray tanning releases mists and this could be dangerous to people with sensitive lungs like those with asthma and other breathing disorders. It is advised to just hold your breath for at least 30 seconds or you can use a nose filter during the session. The process will just take awhile.
3. COSTLY. As mentioned, the solution can only last for a week and needs re-application for maintenance. You need to have a stable income for you to achieve that.
4. SUNBURN. Some spray tans don’t provide protection from the harmful UV rays from the sun. So, better use a product with sunscreen in it to avoid sunburn.
5. ORANGE HANDS. Home application of spray tans could be complex especially for those who are not an expert in the treatment. You may get stains in your hands if you’re not doing it properly. You can wear gloves or rather let someone do it for you, preferable a trained tanning technician to avoid those scary orange hands.
Disasters in spray tanning can occur but you can avoid it by exfoliating first before you go for a session. Do your waxing and shaving prior to tanning. Avoid using perfumes, lotions, deodorants or any cosmetics during the treatment for it may alter the results of spray tanning. You must also rehydrate your skin by drinking water a lot to prevent dryness.
Achieving a perfect spray tan would be a great help in boosting your confidence, but you must first get to learn the “know-how’s” to have a great tanned skin.
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