1. What is a spray tanning and how does it work?
Spray tanning contains a percentage of DHA (DiHydroxyAcetone) concentration ranging from 1%-15%. DHA is also known as a simple carbohydrate called glycerine mainly used in sunless tanning products. DHA is often derived from plant sources like sugar cane and sugar beets. Spray tanning works on your skin over a period of a few hours because the sugar reacts with the amino acids, and that makes your skin brown. It usually takes 2 to 4 hours for an artificial tan to appear on your skin, and may continue to darken for up to 9 hours.
2. Is spray tanning safe?
Yes. In fact, spray tanning is a practical alternative to sunbathing. According to the Food and Drug Administration or FDA that spray tanning is completely safe and considered non-toxic and non-carcinogenic, and should only be applied externally. However, people with asthma or having sensitive skin are discouraged from using it.
3. Is there a need to prepare prior to my spray tanning session?
Yes. There are a lot of important things to consider before you proceed to your spray tanning session. Knowing what’s best for you and what spray tanning can benefit you is very crucial. First, shave or wax your legs before spray tan at least 24 hours beforehand in order to give your pores a chance to close up. Second, never wear any deodorant, moisturizer, or makeup before spray tan. These can mess with your skin and hinder the good results of spray tanning. Third, don’t forget to exfoliate your skin beforehand (24 hours) to get longer lasting and an even tanning application!
4. How long does a spray tan last?
You can expect your spray tan to fade after several days to a week especially when you scrub your body as spray tan only covers the outer skin.
5. Can I take a shower after my spray tanning session?
Yes, but wait for at least 7 – 8 hours because your skin is still in the process of tanning, otherwise it will stop you from achieving the full result. When you scrub your body, do it lightly.
6. Is spray tanning safe while pregnant?
Yes. Pregnant women have always wanted to look nice and in shape. The chemicals used in the spray tanning are not harmful to the fetus. However, it is advised not to use spray tanning during the first trimester of pregnancy. Spray tanning can also be an alternative factor that can give pregnant women a vibrant glow.