How Does Spray Tanning Work?

Bronzed and charming. Tanned and in shape. Golden and warm. You have heard all of that. If you want to look fine, you need to have a healthy tan. No matter the time of year, everyone is keen to keep that summer glow. Fortunately, spray tans allow you to achieve the right look. How does tanning spray work? We’ve got your answer. It depends on whether you hop in an automated booth or a technician with a handheld device wants to spray it.

The process works with Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a chemical. These chemicals are actually colorless but they interact with the amino acids that occur naturally in skin cells. The skin cells become several shades darker when they come in contact. While it might sound suspicious to think of spraying yourself with a chemical that causes your skin cells to turn brown, DHA is absolutely safe. It has no known health risks, and has been used for decades for cosmetic purposes. DHA ‘s results tend to last no longer than a week. If you want to maintain your beautiful bronze glow, you’ll need to pencil in your local spray tanning salon on frequent trips.

For a tan to look perfect, remember these tips before and after every spray tan:

Spray Tanning Prep

  • DO’s
    • Take a shower before you go to the lounge.
    • Rub off skin or exfoliate with a shrub.
    • Shave. Shave
    • Does wax and thread
  • DON’Ts
    • After your shower, don’t apply any unnecessary moisturizers or products to your skin.
    • Lotions, makeup, and perfume can create a barrier between the skin and the tanning solution. It’s best to arrive at your tanning session freshly scrubbed and exfoliated.

During Spray Tanning 

  • You should forget about tight fitting clothes, and it’s a good idea to wear dark colors.
  • You should also be careful about the underwear that you choose to wear. Some people wear their bras while they’re in the tanning booth, while others prefer to take off.
  • However, if you take off your bra, it’s not always a good idea to put it back on immediately after tanning, as it can affect your results.
  • Always wear protective eye gear to make sure you are safe during your session (tanning booth glasses should work fine to keep the spray mist out of your eyes).
  • You should also use nose filters to prevent unnecessary inhalation.
  • To make sure you don’t get any of the fog in your mouth, always

Spray Tanning Post Care

  • The first 12 hours are critical after your appointment. The main aspect of immediate care is avoidance of all water and humidity.
  • Rinse in warm water until you have given your tan enough time. 
  • Don’t scrub or use water with high temperatures. 
  • Don’t forget to moisturize after your shower. 
  • To make your tan last longer and fade evenly, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated.

Are You Looking for a Spray Tan You Can Trust?

Spray tanning at Simply Skin Esthetics in downtown Walnut Creek, California is an amazing experience our clients keep coming back for 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!