The Basics of Spray Tanning

Let’s start at the beginning. Spray tanning is a form of self tanning (or sunless tanning) where a fine mist is sprayed onto your body. This mist has an ingredient in it called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) that interacts with your own skin’s chemistry to turn it tan, or bronze. This temporary effect generally lasts from 3-7 days and is completely safe for your skin (although it doesn’t provide any protection against the sun’s rays). The results you can get from tanning sprays are generally very good.  Many celebrities and models prefer spray tanning to just about anything else to get the color they want. Now, the mist can be sprayed from a variety of ‘devices’. First, you can go to a tanning or beauty salon and have it applied in a booth. These specially-designed booths have several nozzles or jets that spray your entire body with the spray tanning solution. Second, a spray tan can be administered with a airbrush or airguns as they’re called. These look similar to a paint gun that painters use on your house! They tend to be smaller and more mobile (obviously) than a booth. Last, you can get a spray tan from a bottle. There are lots of companies that make spray tanning products that have the same ingredients you’ll find in a salon or airbrush gun.


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