1. Sunless tans are safer than UV tans.
UV tanning is unsafe- it’s a significant factor in the formation of many types of skin cancer. Sunless tanning should be the sole option for achieving a bronzed look. The active ingredient in sunless tanning products is coloring agent DHA, which combines with amino acids in the skin to achieve the faux glow, only browns the outermost, dead cell layer of the skin whereas UV rays seep into deeper layers of the skin.
2. The active ingredient (DHA) comes in different strengths.
All spray tans contain DHA, but when it comes to all sunless tanning products they don’t contain the same percentage of it. In most cases, the higher the percentage of DHA, the quicker and darker the tan develops. Some people are DHA sensitive and some are DHA resistant.
3. Spray tans are for everyone.
Spray tanning is about achieving that extra glow that enhances your skin color, it’s not meant to darken complexion. There are multiple factors that can come from achieving a natural-looking, sun-kissed glow.
4 .A great spray tan needs proper prepping and aftercare.
Exfoliating your skin is key in preparing for a spray tan that ensures there’s a dry layer of skin for the tan to develop. Dead skin,can lead to a splotchy, uneven tan developing across the desired part. Avoid moisturizer, perfumes, or makeup- that will act as a repellent for tanning products. After, avoid physical activities such as exercising and bathing 4 hours after tanning to let it set in. Moisturize with sunless aftercare products to make your tan last. With proper care your tan lasts up to 7 days.
5. Self-tanner is an alternative to professional salons.
If you’re looking to save money on your faux glow, self-tanner may be for you. If you’re new to this, focus on body parts such as the face or arms to test reactions and achieve mastery. Results vary individually, but in some cases, one application can last for two weeks before fading starts.