Tanning is a common practice among the fair-skinned women whereby skin color is darkened or tanned to achieve a certain look. But due to the increased risks of UV ray exposure as a result of sun tanning, other methods have been discovered that work well on human skin without being exposed to so many health risks. These methods include the use of tanning lotions, mousses, gels, etc. The most popular and effective method is spray tanning.

In spray tanning, the substance used is known as DHA (dihydroxyacetone) which is a substance approved by FDA (Federal Drug Administration). The skin is made up of two layers: the inner layer (dermis) and the outer layer (epidermis). The reaction takes place in the epidermis whereby DHA reacts with amino acids found in the dead cells of the skin. This darkens the skin color, leaving a tanned effect on it.

Spray tanning is done in salons which make it a little bit expensive. But it can also be done at home whereby you can just buy a spray tan can and do it yourself if you already know how to go about it. In order to avoid blotches on the skin, it is advisable to choose from spray tanning booths or just get an airbrush tan.

The difference between a spray tanning booth and an airbrush tan is that an airbrush tan is done manually an experienced technician who makes sure that there are no spots missed during the whole session and you can also take a shower several hours after the session. On the other hand, spray tanning booth looks like the old telephone booths whereby you enter inside in a swimsuit or on your birthday suit depending on your preference. Inside the booth, there is an automated nozzle that sprays a fine mist of tanning solution on your body. There is also a prerecorded voice that gives you proper instructions on when to change positions in order to make sure that then spray reaches all parts of your body. When the nozzle is through with spraying, it dries you by passing air over your body. The whole process takes about five minutes to complete.

Advantages of Spray Tanning

  • Stays longer - Unlike the other wet tanning solutions which only lasts for a period of about 2-3 days, spray tanning can last up to a whole week depending on how your skin reacts to the solution.
  • Available in colors - There is a wide range of spray tan colors to choose from but you should be careful when choosing so that you don’t end up with a color that will make you look weird. You can test them by applying a small amount of the solution to a part of your skin and see how it turns out and then choose the best.
  • Good results - Spray tanning does not leave blotches and streaks on your skin, unlike when applying gels, creams, and lotions.
  • Has fewer stains - Spray tanning leaves your clothes with fewer stains because it dries up faster compared to mousses, gels, and lotions.
  • More accessible - It’s very easy to get a tan whenever you like and whenever you are. This favors people who live in cold places where it’s difficult to get sunshine.

Side Effects of Spray Tanning

  • Expensive - Spray tanning lasts for one week and therefore maintaining it becomes an expensive affair.
  • Skin problems - It may cause an allergic reaction on some people’s skin causing irritation. That’s why it is always good to consult a dermatologist before subjecting yourself to the treatment.
  • May cause lung problems - Spray tanning may cause lung problems to people with diseases like asthma and breathing disorders, but this can be avoided by using a nose filter throughout the session.