You love the golden-bronzed look to your skin, but you do not like the high rates of skin cancer that tend to come with tanning. In previous times, you had two options to get the sun-kissed glow…
- you could either sit outside without wearing sun protection lotion which allows the sun’s rays to penetrate your skin and hopefully not burn.
- alternatively, you could take the easier route and make a visit to your local tanning salon and lie in a tanning bed that would emit light even stronger than the sun’s rays, to transform your skin.
Either scenario leaves one big problem at play: your risk of developing skin cancer is increased. In fact, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, people who first use tanning beds before the age of 35 increase their risk of skin cancer by 75%. That is a very powerful number and enough to make many people step back and evaluate their tanning habits.
In recent years, a seemingly great alternative has come about – spray tanning. No harmful sun’s rays or light rays are used during this process but instead, you are sprayed with a solution to help change the pigmentation of your skin color, giving you a bronzed look without the harmful potential side effects.
Before you book your spray tanning appointment, there are a few myths and facts to know about…
Myth 1: Everyone will React the Same. Perhaps one of the biggest myths surrounding spray tans is the notion everyone will get similar results. What you have to know is the formula sprayed onto your body is going to react with the sebum which is produced by your skin. Sebum is the skin’s natural oils made up of fat lipids and released through the sebaceous glands in your skin.
The more of this oil you produce, the more of an overall reaction you are going to get to the spray tan solution, therefore, the stronger you may find your tan becomes. This is why some people react favorably to spray tans while others, may not do so quite as much.
While tanning salons usually give an estimated time frame for how long the tan will last, you should take this with a grain of salt. Use it as a guideline only. as many factors sway this.
Myth 2: Spray Tans Develop Fully while at the Salon. Another myth to be aware of is the notion your tan will be evident as soon as you step out of the salon: this is not necessarily the case. What you must remember is your tan will continue developing over the next few hours, darkening as time goes on.
The time needed for the tan to develop is one reason why you are advised to wear loose-fitting clothing and not to take a shower or bath for “x” number of hours. Both these will rub off or wash away some of the tanning solution as well as the oils in your skin, reducing how dark your tan becomes.
Truth: Avoid Alcohol Before You go for a Spray Tan. Planning on going for a spray tan late Friday night after you hit the bar for a quick drink? Think again. You should avoid all alcohol before going for your spray tan as there is alcohol in the mixture applied with the spray and this could react unfavorably with the alcohol in your body. The result is a cracked appearance and parched skin.
For best results, go alcohol-free the day you plan to get your tan.
Myth 3: Spray Tans Give You A Base Tan. Some people believe by going for a spray tan; they will develop a base tan which will then help to prevent burning once they are exposed to direct sunlight.
However, this is not the case. You can still burn after having your spray tan as you can if you are going out in the sun without any tan. Always wear sunscreen.
There you have a few of the truths and myths about spray tanning. Keep these in mind and decide whether this form of glowing skin is what you are after.