Are you searching for that extra gorgeous look for that special occasion? Or maybe you’re just looking for a new you? Then a spray on tan might be just what you’re looking for. You get the beauty of that sun-kissed, bronzed look your friends will envy, while by-passing the harmful UV rays associated with a natural tan.
In case you’re wondering how it works – it simply involves carefully applying a fine spray to your whole body and then waiting for the tan to develop to your desired shade. Choose, for instance, a stunning shimmer to a deep golden tan. If you’re treating yourself to a session at a professional tanning booth you should give yourself about half an hour so that you can ask any questions you may have, while enjoying the experience.
So how does it work? Most sunless tanning products contain the chemical dihydroxyacetone, which reacts with dead cells on the skin’s surface. A temporary darkening of the skin follows, which can take between 4 and 6 hours, depending on the type of spray tan used. During this period you should avoid activities which lead to sweating; and avoid getting wet (no showers for 4 to 6 hours) or applying anybody products. It is also advisable to stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water and by applying moisturiser regularly. This will prevent the shedding of skin cells and therefore result in the tan staying for longer. It is also recommended that no alcohol is consumed as this dehydrates the body. Generally, for the duration of the tan, rule out hot showers, bath oils and chlorinated water (no swimming)!
What aftercare is required? A tan typically lasts for between 3-7 days. During this time you should frequently moisturise your skin to maintain the colour. After its initial application, the tanning agent should be kept on overnight and only after 8 hours should you take a warm (not hot) shower, use soap and moisturiser.
So what alternatives to spray tanning are available and how does spray tanning compare to other tanning methods? Firstly, tanning lamps, booths and beds provide opportunities for tanning throughout the year, but their use of UV rays poses significant health risks. Secondly, sunless tanning lotions, sprays, creams and mousses. Finally, the least recommended is tanning pills which have been found to be unsafe. The advantage of spray tanning is that it is easy, quick to apply and dries fast. It also mostly spares your clothes, bed and partner! The look is yours to savour and enjoy!
Here’s to a new you!