You may be averse to sitting in the sun for hours, risking potentially ill effects from UV rays just to get tan. Tanning naturally is a difficult business, and the results are unpredictable at best. Spray tanning is a great alternative to help you get that glow without baking for hours, but it is a procedure that requires some consideration. Here are some of the pros and cons of spray tanning compared to other tanning methods.
• Pro: Even tan
Ever had to time yourself precisely so you could turn over properly to get an even tan? Or have you meticulously had to measure just how long your shoulders and nose could stay out in the sun as compared to the rest of your body so they wouldn’t get sunburned while the rest still tanned? We have, and it’s difficult. It is precisely this problem that goes away almost completely with spray tanning. Mostly just a few seconds on each side, spray tanning ensures that you have a beautiful, glowing, even tan throughout your body.
• Con: Streaks
Streaks are an evil that come with most non-sun based tanning solutions. Even spray tanning, one of the best tanning methods to avoid streaks, can produce streaks sometimes. The good news, however, is that streaking with a spray tan is preventable for the most part. Just make sure that your skin is clean and exfoliated before your tan, and that you wear loose, dark clothing after your tan till your initial shower. Don’t run lotion in before an initial shower, or remove hair by shaving, waxing, or threading. Also, don’t wash any part of your body till the shower. If you follow all these guidelines properly, then there is no reason your tan will streak.
• Pro: No more harmful UV rays
That’s right, spray tanning can actually be healthier for you! If you tan without proper sunscreen, you might be risking skin cancer and other ailments. If nothing else, you’re risking dehydrating your skin so much that it begins to look leathery as you age. Spray tanning helps you avoid all that by helping you tan in a cool booth in a salon, with no exposure to the sun at all.
• Con: DHA
Dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, is an active ingredient in most spray tans, and can be harmful if you breathe it in in large doses. Does this mean that even one session will cause irreparable harm? No. But too-frequent breathing in of DHA, say, twice a week, can lead to some health risks. Thankfully, this is a very solvable problem. When going in for a spray tan, ask your salon for protective nose and eye gear, and they will usually have it to hand. Also, try tanning infrequently, using tan extenders to make your tan last longer.
Spray tans are quick and easy ways to ensure that you get that special glow you want, and are great on short notice for events. However, they do require some maintenance and may not last for a long time. Despite their shortcomings, however, spray tans are a favourite means to tan for the sheer convenience of the process. Try out a spray tan today, and see if you like it as well!