There are a lot of myths out there about spray tanning. Some people think it’s dangerous, some people think the results aren’t that good, and some people even think it can give you cancer. In this post, we’re going to debunk those myths and show you why spray tanning is a great option for getting a natural-looking tan. Keep reading to learn more!

Myth #1: Spray Tanning Isn’t Long-Lasting

There’s always that fear when it comes to spray tanning, that the color will only last for a day or two. While there are spray tans out there that don’t last very long at all, there are also ones that do. It just depends on your skin type and how careful you were throughout the entire application process. Take into consideration what kind of results you’re looking for in order to find a spray tanner who provides them!

In truth, any spray tan can last for about seven days depending on your skin type and proper care after application. The darker the solution used during application, typically the longer it lasts. If properly moisturized, hydrated and exfoliated post-application it may even last up to two weeks!

Myth #2: Spray Tanning Will Make You Orange

While the first tendency with a spray tan is to overdo it, it would be wrong to conclude that someone who has a nice golden glow will look orange. What happens is that people are so reluctant about applying too little tan since they don’t want to appear pale. However, if you miss an area or if the solution isn’t evenly distributed throughout your body, you’ll have patches of color where it looks like you have mange!

That’s why it’s best to start out using less product and then gradually increase the amount depending on how dark or light you want to go. Remember that even celebrities who use sunless tanners still sometimes get some real sun for that healthy look.

If executed properly, spray tanning provides a beautiful and natural-looking glow that looks like you’ve been out in the sun for days. However, if your technician applies too much product and doesn’t work it into your skin thoroughly, the results may appear blotchy and uneven.

Additionally, many men and women opt to go one shade darker than their natural skin tone so they can achieve an all-over even bronze hue — but those who only want to enhance what little color they naturally have may not notice such dramatic results as those with more pigmentation.

Myth #3: Sunburns Can Be Prevented With Spray Tanning

While spray tanning can protect the skin from harmful UV rays, it’s not strong enough to stand on its own as sunscreen. A lot of people think they can just spray and not wear any sunscreen. That’s a terrible idea!

Spray tans are just one part of skincare that can help prevent sun damage. You should also wear hats, sunglasses, and clothing to limit the amount of direct sunlight you experience during the day. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 before heading out in the sun to allow your skin some protection against UVB rays.

Myth #4: Spray Tanning Is Dangerous

Of all the spray tanning myths, this is perhaps one of the most prevalent. Many still believe that getting a spray tan will cause them to die from some sort of cancer caused by DHA or other ingredients in the solution. Others believe that if they do have a sunless tanning session, they will inevitably go crazy and begin sprouting all sorts of wacky hues.

These are just two examples of many rumors about spray tans that simply aren’t true. The truth is, there’s absolutely nothing harmful about this type of application process.      

If anything, tanners are exposed to less harsh chemicals than those who regularly use self-tanner lotions, which require more direct contact with the skin. Instead, spray tanning uses a solution that coats evenly across the body with little risk of irritation or allergic reactions for most people.

The color you end up with is completely natural and each session includes immediate post-application care, which can help to reduce any possible negative effects on your skin (especially after the first few sessions). A good air filtration system also ensures that you’re breathing cleaner air while inside the booth, which makes it even more difficult to find anything harmful about this process.

Myth #5: Spray Tanning Is Unnatural

This is one of the most common misconceptions about spray tanning and color sprays. You can achieve a completely natural appearance with these products, and many salons offer organic options.

It may be hard to believe, but spray tanning does not mean you’re going to run around looking orange for days. The products used for this type of tanning are perfectly safe and include just as many benefits as those offered by beds that use ultraviolet rays to develop color.

Be sure to find a salon that offers products that work best with your skin tone and the results you want before settling on their color solutions. Some people opt for slightly more red pigments than others, so don’t be afraid to ask about other shades available should something prove too dark for your liking.

Spray tanning is an excellent option for anyone who wants to look like they spent time in the sun without actually getting a sunburn. It’s also perfect for people with sensitive skin because there are no harsh chemicals or UV rays involved in the process. You can use spray tans as often as you want and it won’t damage your skin cells! Give us a call today if you’re interested in learning more about how we can help get that natural-looking glow year-round.

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Spray tanning at Simply Skin Esthetics in downtown Walnut Creek, California is an amazing experience. Our clients keep coming back time after time. Why? Because we care and more importantly we provide spray tans that are safe and long-lasting. Airbrush tanning is a new and safe way of achieving a golden look without the risks of skin cancer, often associated with overexposure from the sun or from a tanning bed. Using an airbrush, a fine mist of bronzer is applied to the body. This tan lasts approximately 7 to 10 days depending on your lifestyle and skin type. Using moisturizer on your skin daily helps keep your tan looking great.That’s why our service is far superior to any you will find in the San Francisco East Bay Area.  We care, and it shows in our repeat clientele.  We feature HydraFacial, Ultrasound Facial, Signature Facial, Mens Facial, Express Facial, Treatments/Peels, Teen Facial and Back Facials! Interested in learning more or scheduling your first session? Contact us now to make your appointment!