Everything You Need to Know About Spray Tans

February 26
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Is spray tanning safe?
Yes! DHA (dihydroxyacetone) is the sunless agent used in tanning solutions. It is usually derived from vegetables or sugar cane and reacts with the top layer of your skin to give you a natural looking tan that is unique to your skin tone. DHA is approved by the FDA and is considered nontoxic and noncarcinogenic. It is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Organization, American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association and the American Cancer Society.  

Will I look orange or streaky?
Hopefully not! Check out the reviews of the place you’re going, Yelp is a great place to check. I would look for a place that uses organic products. Streaks usually happen due to getting wet, sweating or not proper prep

Will I smell?

Some scent cannot be avoided but most formulas aren’t as bad as they once were.

When can I shower?

Every solution is different, this is something to ask your tan technician. For Amber Spray Tans solution 8 hours minimum. 

Can I sleep in it?

Yes! Unless it’s a rapid tan you can sleep in it, just make sure to wear long pajamas so you don’t transfer the solution in your sleep. If  it gets on your sheets, it will come out in the wash.

How long will my spray tan last?
Spray tans come off with the natural exfoliation of your skin, therefore lasting 7-10 days. It also depends on pre and post care, exercise routine and skin type. Hot tubs along with THESE are the death of spray tans. 

How long does it take?

15-20 minutes from start to finish.

What should I do to prepare?

Read my Prep and Care post here.

Can I tan if I’m pregnant?

It is usually recommended to wait until after your first trimester but yes you can spray tan when you are pregnant. The solution only reacts with the top layer of your skin, it doesn’t enter the blood stream. I would still look for someone that uses organic products. 

Do I still need to wear sunscreen if I have a spray tan?

YES! Spray tanning does not protect you against the sun and you can get a real tan or burn through your spray tan. See which SPF’s I recommend here






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