Isha Surabhi An English majors graduate, former editor to two magazines, former Senior Content Writer to DU Times and a dedicated litterateur, for whom writing is the most aesthetic form of expression!

Spray Tanning: 5 Things You Were Never Told About

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spray tanning

Spray tan?? Okay we all love it! 

But is there something you still need to know about it??? 

Yeah, definitely there’s a lot left! We all love that golden tan. Especially summer is the season when all the tan lovers come out in their best golden bronze skin. Also, tanning costs, not much but of course an amount such that you want to preserve that tan for the entire year. Hence, these days the tanners have moved on to this new kind of tan called spray tanning! The best thing about it is that it does away with the Sun’s UV rays. 

But is it healthy considering all the aspects of the same?

There are some things about spray tanning that you should be aware of before getting one done. So that you undergo a safe and lasting procedure. 

Here they are:

12 hours wait just after you shave! 

Shaving is a must before it. But the science behind shaving is that whenever we do it, we expose our skin to exfoliation. Through the process of exfoliation, the dead skin cells are removed, and the new ones come to the surface.

This new skin is extremely soft initially, and when something like spray tan is done over it, it may get exposed to skin irritation. The main pigment that spray tan comprises of is DHA. And it is quite famous for causing red skin as well as discomfort.

It is because the chemical present in it merges with the present cells of our body. While if you wait for around 12 hours, it gives your skin the required time to prepare itself and adapt so that it doesn’t get irritating. 

Spray tanning base, eh? 

It is strictly advised not to use spray tanning as a base for the sun tanning you have long been wanting! Also, to all those who think that spray tanning will give you an escape from the sun burning.

It is not so! The solutions which are present within spray tan are not meant to be used as a base tan. Spray tanning can definitely show your skin tanned but trust us, it has no specific role or effect on the melanin in your body.

Also, be cautious whenever you feel like you can use spray tan as a replacement to sunscreen lotion. Sunscreen has a different function altogether. Rather, you can save and preserve spray tan if you put on some sunscreen above it. 

A big no to sugar scrubs! 

If you are the one trying to get a smooth glow throughout from your spray tan, then it is advisable to have an exfoliation before that. As soon as the old dead skin cells are removed, the new skin takes over.

And this new skin is quite easy to fill in as compared to old ones. But beware of you choose the wrong scrub for exfoliation, then your skin may look streaked. Sugar scrubs are comprised of oil that will make the tan go away instead of holding on!

Therefore, it is highly advised that tanners should use mitt for the process of exfoliation. In addition to it, try leaving the lotion offered when the process ends. For all the dry skinned people, you have finally found your happy home. It is because the dry skinned people are more likely to preserve tan on their skin that the oily ones! 

Alcohol spray tans! 

As alcohol comprises thinner, so, it acts as one too. It makes the spray tan get misty as well as fluid with reference to skin. Also, the flip side of the coin is that alcohol is known to cause dryness in the skin. Due to this dryness at times it gives a cracks and crevices look. So, all the tanners out there, next time you step in a spray tan salon, ask them to use an alcohol free spray. 

women legs with spray tanning
Alcohol spray tanning

Bad tan fixation: 

If you have got the spray tan on your skin, and are not liking the color afterwards, do not lose your confidence. We have got your back here! You can fix that issue at home too.

Just do two things, one take some warm water in your bathtub, and add some body shower gel in it. Now, get in and soak! By doing this, you give spray tan the way out to lighten itself from your skin.

Keep soaking in for around 1.5 hours. Now exfoliate your skin by using a loofah. Or you can also use a mint scrub. This will allow the spray tan to go away immediately. 

So, these were some of the amazing facts about spray tanning we wanted our tanner readers to know. Rest summers are approaching soon! And we will come with more such articles for you! Till then, stay tuned. 

Stay beautiful 💛

Isha Surabhi An English majors graduate, former editor to two magazines, former Senior Content Writer to DU Times and a dedicated litterateur, for whom writing is the most aesthetic form of expression!

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