SPRAY TANNING:: What You Need To Know

January 20, 2012 at 3:41 pm 2 comments

Be a sun-kissed glowing bride on your wedding day without the health risks associated with ultraviolet (UV) ray damage as may be caused by the sun and tanning bed bulbs. Spray tanning is a newer tanning method that is fast, has fewer health risks and lasts for a shorter length of time than traditional tanning methods. Walk down the aisle with confidence and radiance with the enhanced glow of a spray tan. Learn more about spray tanning and other pre-wedding tips at a Great Bridal Expo coming to your area soon.

Brides, your wonderful skin is composed of many layers from the dermis to the epidermis. Spray tanning is an alternative to traditional tanning methods of sun and tanning beds that seek to darken the deepest layers of your skin called the basal layer. In contrast, spray tanning focuses on the outmost layers of the epidermis. Basically, this means a spray tan does not last as long but will still give you a tanned look. The active ingredient in most spray tan products is Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) a derivative from sugar. DHA creates a chemical reaction that makes the skin cells change color to simulate a tan.
Tip: There are two types of spray tan methods: airbrush by hand and spray tanning booth. Either method may be done at your home or a professional location.

Plan to schedule your spray tan at least 48 hours before your wedding. You will achieve best results from your spray tan by thoroughly preparing your skin for the spray tan process on the day before. Begin with an exfoliation by using a scrub, cream or gel preparation to slough off the dead skin cells to create a blank canvas. If you wish, may want to make a facial appointment with an aesthetician or exfoliate yourself at home. Next, you will want to shave as shaving is not advised for 24 hours after a spray tan. Be sure to moisturize afterwards.
Tip: Resist the urge to wear make-up and deodorant before a spray tan as these may affect the effectiveness of the tanning solution.

Spray tans are applied by hand with an airbrush apparatus by a make-up professional or they may be administered inside the comfort of a spray tan booth that releases fine mists of product to gently settle on your skin. After your spray tan is complete there will be a waiting period of about eight hours for the product to develop. Be sure to bring dark loose-fitting clothing to change into after your application and do not shower, swim or take a bath. Expect to wear roomy clothing or baggy pajamas to bed to allow comfort and for the spray tan to develop overnight. Spray tanning is not a messy process, but sometimes there is a slight smell of coconut. You will not go orange or have streaks with spray tanning; those are the side effects of home tanning liquids.
Tip: Do not sleep in silk pajamas or on silk sheets as these will stain.

Most spray tans last 5 to 7 days, when you are ready to remove the spray tan product begin with a rinse in the shower. Next apply an exfoliation scrub with a clean wash cloth. Be sure to wear your hair in a net or swim cap: this is due to the fact that some exfoliation products may contain ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide or lemon juice that may discolor your hair. Apply additional exfoliation product as necessary and be sure to concentrate on your belly button area and knees as spray tan dye tends to accumulate in these areas. Rinse off and towel dry and repeat as necessary.
Attend the next Great Bridal Expo in your area to receive more about helpful tips, hints and planning advice for your wedding, for ticket information click here.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nicole Murnin  |  January 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Make sure you try one test run before the wedding! Alsotake some pics to see how the color shows up.

    • 2. greatbridalexpo  |  January 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks Nicole that is a great tip!!


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