We are dermatologists and we see a ton of skin cancer related to sun exposure. We don’t want you to get skin cancer and we also realize many of you want to be tan. If you want to maintain a tan without increasing your risk of skin cancer, spray tanning may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Here is some information on the practice and we hope you consider doing this instead of going to a tanning bed.
Spray tanning is a popular alternative to traditional tanning methods that utilizes a fine mist to apply a sunless tanning solution to your skin. This solution contains Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a colorless sugar that interacts with the amino acids in your skin to produce a natural-looking tan.
Benefits of Spray Tanning
- Safe and Convenient: Spray tanning is a safe and convenient way to achieve a tan without exposing your skin to harmful UV rays. This means you can avoid the risk of sunburn and skin damage, and still achieve a healthy glow.
- Customizable: With spray tanning, you can customize the shade of your tan to suit your personal preferences. This allows you to choose the perfect shade, from a light glow to a deep bronze.
- Quick and Easy: Unlike traditional tanning methods, spray tanning is a quick and easy process. Most sessions take less than 20 minutes, making it an ideal solution for busy individuals who don’t have time to spend hours in the sun.
- Lasts a while: Spray tans typically last for 7 to 10 days, making them a great option for special events or vacations.
Preparing For Your Spray Tanning Session
Now that you know the benefits of spray tanning, let’s talk about how to prepare for your first session.
- Exfoliate: To ensure an even and long-lasting tan, it’s important to exfoliate your skin before your appointment. This will remove any dead skin cells, allowing the tanning solution to penetrate the skin evenly.
- Wear Loose Clothing: After your spray tan session, it’s important to wear loose clothing to avoid rubbing or smudging the solution. This will help to ensure the longevity of your tan.
- Avoid Water: To keep your tan looking its best, it’s recommended that you avoid water and sweat for at least 8 hours after your session. This will give the solution time to fully develop and set into your skin.
Spray tanning is an excellent alternative to traditional tanning methods and offers a safe, convenient, and customizable solution for achieving a natural-looking tan. Whether you’re preparing for a special event or simply looking to achieve a healthy glow, spray tanning is a great option.
Remember: Stay out of the tanning beds! Get into the spray! (That sounds like it could be lyrics for a very dorky song.)