Is Spray Tanning Safe?

Summer is just around the corner and it’s high time you get your bikini bod on. But, if you think you’re too pale for summer and you need a little color on your skin, then don’t worry. Spray tanning is actually creating hype these days. All you have to do is jump on that bandwagon and learn as much as you possibly can about spray tanning.

We don’t have anything against white people, but, admit it or not, looking tan is kind of the hottest trend for the season. Everyone just seems to look better with a little shade on. However, being exposed to the scorching summer heat for a long time or getting a ‘forced’ tan using tanning beds is not a pretty good idea.

It might risk your skin getting permanent damage and that’s not worth getting a tanned look for just a month or two. This is the reason why a lot of people are now switching to spray tanning to get that sexy, bronze glow.

What is Spray Tanning?

Spray tanning is a self-tanning method that involves spraying a fine mist onto your body. There are lots of variations for spray tans, but the common ingredient for the mist is Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which interacts with the substances that can be found on the skin, turning it into a tan or bronze shade.

The effect of the sprayed mist usually lasts for 3-7 days. It may not give any protection to your skin against sun rays, but it is absolutely safe for the skin.

Spray tanning is the most convenient and practical way to get a tan. There are a variety of ways to do spray tanning. One is getting it from real tanning experts at your favourite tanning or beauty salon. They usually have tanning booths that are specially designed to have multiple nozzles or jets that efficiently sprays the mist or the tanning solution all over the body.

Another way is by using a tanning airbrush or airgun. This is the consumer-friendly version of the booths they have at salons. But, the most convenient and the cheapest way to get a tan is through spray tan bottles.

Is Spray Tanning Safe?

There is no doubt that spray tanning is easy and convenient, but is it safe?

On the onset of launching spray tanning products on the market, there have been many rumors and uncertainty about them. There have been claims about spray tans being harmful and detrimental to one’s health. It has been reported way back in 2010 that inhaling the products’ main ingredient, which is DHA, could be dangerous. This report has been disproved and it was later found that the procedures done for the testing were incorrect.

In conclusion, there is no solid proof that spray tans are dangerous. The FDA considers it as a safe product, although it is being recommended to avoid or minimize inhalation of the solution. People who do spray tanning are being advised to do so while covering the face or using a nose clip to avoid inhaling the mist.

How Much Does It Cost?

Well, spray tans aren’t as expensive as tanning beds, but the sessions aren’t that cheap either. The price of spray tanning sessions may vary from location to location, but it’s usually within the range of $25 to $50 per session. Some people prefer scheduling an appointment to be done at their respective homes, however, that could mean paying a little extra.

Tips Before Getting a Spray Tan

Salon and tanning booths offer the best tanning experience because, of course, they’re trained professionals. But, before you head over there, there are a few things that you can do to make sure that you get the best results out of your spray tanning sessions.

First, make sure that you wax or shave before you get a spray tan; and do it a few days before your session to make sure the pores are closed. Also, exfoliate your skin prior to your tanning schedule. It’s important to remove as much dead skin as possible to get the best results.

If you’re kind of on a tight budget, there’s nothing to worry about. There are affordable and user-friendly self tanners that you can find on the market.

Whether you decide to do self-tanning at home, or spend some cash on spray tanning sessions at your chosen salon, rest assured that spray tanning is the best way to get a beautiful, lasting tan.

About the author


My name is Lori and I am the Senior Editor here at Health Headliner. I started as a make-up enthusiast, loved it so much I decided to take it up as a full-time job. I qualified from UEL with a degree in Podiatry but health blogging is what I enjoy doing.

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