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The Truth About Sunless Tanning

Updated on March 19, 2012

The Benefits Indoor Tanning

If you’re looking for the best way to get a healthy tan, indoor tanning can’t be beat. This is especially true if you’re someone who completely avoids the sun. In your situation, you may find that you burn frequently. And burning is the most dangerous thing you can do for your skin.

When you practice indoor tanning moderately, you allow your skin to get some exposure to UV rays without ever burning. If you go to a reputable salon with a well trained staff, you’ll never be put in a position where your skin will burn. Instead, you’ll allow your skin to become exposed to sunlight in a very controlled environment.

Indoor tanning allows you to get a base tan so that when you’re faced with time out in the sun, you have some protection. This will keep you from burning as long as you continue to wear the appropriate amount and level of sunscreen.As you’re preparing for a tropical vacation, you know that you’ll be exposed to the sun.

If you haven’t been in the sun at all, you may find yourself in the position of burning on the first day and spending the rest of your time avoiding the sun. But by getting a spray or airbrush tan first, you’ll avoid the sunburn cycle and enjoy your vacation on the beach.Tanning also provides the same benefits you get from the natural sun. For example, it aids your body in producing vitamin D, a necessary nutrient for the overall health of your body. This vitamin can only be made from UV exposure – and indoor tanning is the safest way to get it.

Looking Great All Year with a Spray Tan

While indoor tanning is a controlled way to get sun exposure, there are some people who simply don’t turn that beautiful brown color that they crave. There are others that are still concerned about preventing too much exposure to UV rays. In that case, sunless tanning allows you to get the tan you desire without the struggle.

A spray on tan is a safe alternative to UV exposure that allows you to look like you just came home from vacation. While at one time spray tans looked fake, major advances have been made in sunless tanning to allow you to look like you’ve been kissed by the sun.

The most efficient way to get a sunless tan is from a spray system that keeps you from having to spread lotions and gels on your body. With a spray system, the solution is applied evenly, dries quickly, and is natural looking.

You can purchase home spray tan systems or you can visit your local tanning salon to get a spray on tan. In just a few moments in a spray tanning booth you can have a natural looking tan that lasts for days. Typically a spray tan is going to last anywhere from five days to a week.

Another major benefit of a spray tan is that it works quickly. Instead of having to get sun exposure for several days to achieve a natural glow, your spray tan will make a visible difference within a few hours as it develops. This is perfect when you have a special occasion that requires you to look your best.

Getting the Most From Your Sunless Tan

When it comes to a spray tan, you’ll want to follow a few strategies to get the most from it. Preparing properly and maintaining your tan well will allow it to last longer. You can add length and beauty to your tan easily when you know what to do.

Before you go to the salon to get a spray tan, make sure you exfoliate. This is the process of removing dead skin cells from your body. It makes your skin smooth and supple and allows the tanning solution to be applied to new, healthy skin.

After you exfoliate, you need to use a good moisturizer to keep your skin healthy and prepare for the tanning solution. However, you’ll want to apply that several hours before your tanning session.

When you’re getting ready to leave the house for you tan, make sure you’re not wearing anything white. The self-tanning solution contains a bronzer that can rub off on your clothing right after it’s applied.

Once you get to the tanning salon – especially if it’s your first time to go – you need to make sure you understand the instructions. Many salons have an instructional video you can watch that shows you how to operate the machine and to prepare your skin for the tan.

You’ll need to put a special cream on your hands and feet that’s supplied by the salon. This cream will keep the tanning solution from making the palms and bottoms of your feet very dark. It also keeps you from having darkened areas in the folds of your knuckles and between fingers and toes. Right after your tan, wipe off excess solution and you’re ready to get dressed and go about your day.

Do You Prefer Sunless Tanning

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      4 years ago

      I am a nurse practitioner in. Dermatology clinic and this is the biggest batch of lies I have ever seen regarding tanning beds. They are not safe! Your risk of skin cancer climbs each time you visit the tanning bed.

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      Big daddy o 

      4 years ago

      Is it possible to spray tan your skin solid black?

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      8 years ago

      I am one of those people that has to have a tan. I used to tan in the beds, but I switched to spray tanning a couple of years ago. I just feel better when I have a tan! I agree with the article above about following the procedures. Spray tanning has come a long way and the tan should appear natural. Taking care of your skin is an important step in any tanning regiment.

      Moisturizing daily will help you skin look beautiful and bring out its natural glow. Exfoliating prior to a spray tan will allow the skin to be even for your tan. I have also found that using a DHA tan extender, like Body Armor, by EnvyTan, will help the tan last several days longer. Using tan extenders will also help the spray tan fade evenly.

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      10 years ago

      After having a skin cancer CUT from my nose this year (yikes) and having one removed from my back AND my 15 year old son having 3 removed so far, I wish I'd known about sunless tanning YEARS ago. Skin cancer is SO deadly and your solution is important for people to know about. I'm only 37 and already - skin cancer? Ick :(



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