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Spray Tan 101

Spray Tan 101


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 5-10 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.

Spray tanning comes in many forms. The mist can be sprayed from a variety of devices. 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. Spray tan can also be administered with an airbrush or an air-gun 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.

Pros & Cons

If you compare spray tanning to other forms of self-tanning products like lotions, creams, gels, and mousses, you’ll definitely see some differences; however, lets keep one thing in mind, all forms of self-tanning and spray tanning use the exact same active ingredient, DHA.  But that doesn’t mean you’ll get the same results with any old product that has DHA in it (believe me)!

That said, let’s go over some of the benefits of spray tanning.

First and foremost, spray tanning is easy. Once you’ve prepared, you just go to a tanning salon or have someone come to your house. The booth or technician then sprays your entire body with a fine mist. Once you blend it in a little, that’s it, you’re done!

Another benefit of spray tanning is the fact that it dries quicker than many self-tanning products. That means it’s less likely to get all over your clothes, your bed, and your partner.

As for the color achieved with spray tanning, that varies from person to person. Some people like the color and evenness you get with spray tanning, others think self-tanning lotions and gels are better. Because everyone has slightly different skin chemistry, you’ll really need to experiment a bit to see what works best for you.

The biggest drawback to getting a spray tan is the cost. One session can cost anywhere from $25 to $50, and even higher in many places. That’s quite a bit more expensive, per tan, than using self tanning lotions and creams at home, but in our opinion, the results are worth the cost.

Here at Rejuvaline MedSpa we use organic spray tan and certified technicians for the best results. Let’s stay tan and safe!