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Spray Tan Misconceptions

Spray Tan Misconceptions
This post about spray tan misconceptions is sponsored by Palm Beach Tan. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Running in Heels possible!

I’ve been spray tanning regularly for a few months now. Before I started I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, and I had a few concerns that were all debunked after my first session. I wanted to share these misconceptions with you because I can’t tell you enough how much I love being tan 24/7! Spray tanning at Palm Beach Tan has helped my confidence tremendously. I used to take photos in skirts or dresses and hate how white and pasty and pale I looked. Now, I now love taking photos and the way I look when I see them!

Common Spray Tan Misconceptions:

You’ll look orange.

Nope! I’ve never turned orange from any of my spray tan sessions. I’ve done medium and dark tones and I love how bronzed I look after!

It is messy. 

I usually make sure I don’t sit directly on my furniture and there is a layer between my spray tanned skin and anything white, however I have never even seen orange on my clothing that I wear after I tan! Note I do see a tiny bit on my sheets but it washes right out every single time.

It smells. 

Personally I don’t have an issue with the scent. It doesn’t smell bad and Kale hasn’t ever complained about it!

You can’t go in public. 

False! You can, and you don’t look weird if you get the clear spray. I do the Versa Spa clear spray in dark so it sprays on clear and develops over time. I have run errands throughout every stage in the process and felt completely fine going in public. The only issue was not wearing deodorant or make up.

They’re aren’t good for you.

Spray tans and other sunless tanners use an active ingredient called dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which is approved by the FDA for external use. DHA tints the outermost layer of your skin which is primarily made up of dead skin cells. However, “DHA shouldn’t be inhaled or applied to areas covered by mucous membranes, including the lips, nose or areas around the eyes because the risks of doing so are unknown”. For your safety, Palm Beach Tan suggests your wear protective undergarments, and they provide a nose plug, and eye goggles, a hair cap (which will cover your ears) and lip balm. (Source)

They fade quickly.

It’s best to get a spray tan once/week to maintain a consistent tan, but my spray tans form Palm Beach Tan last up to ten days at a time!

Your spray tan provides UV protection.

FALSE! You still have to wear sunscreen and other methods of UV protection when you go outside.

You don’t need to exfoliate.

Always exfoliate before you spray tan! Exfoliating helps the spray stick to your skin and makes sure your tan goes on even.

As you can see there are so many misconceptions tied to spray tanning. Based on research and my experience that these misconceptions are not true, and there is nothing to be concerned about when spray tanning! I’d love to help answer any additional questions, so please feel free to ask in the comments or email me your questions!

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spray tan misconceptions with Palm Beach Tan | Running in Heels | blonde girl wears denim shorts, black lace up cami, and camel open coat with neutral mules

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spray tan misconceptions with Palm Beach Tan | Running in Heels | blonde girl wears denim shorts, black lace up cami, and camel open coat with neutral mules




  1. September 19, 2018 / 11:02 am

    Your points are SO SO SO true! I LOVE spray tans!!!

  2. Danielle
    September 19, 2018 / 2:22 pm

    Yours looks great! Spray tans and self tanners are my best friend during these upcoming months!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

    • October 1, 2018 / 5:27 pm

      Yes! It will be my first winter with spray tanning, so I’m so happy to have started!

  3. Taylor Aube
    September 19, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    I love me a good spray tan! Especially before an event or a vacation. Such a great post babe

    • October 1, 2018 / 5:26 pm

      YES! Before I’m in a swimsuit or at an event spray tans are vital!

  4. September 19, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    Spray tans are not my thing but I do get why the misconceptions. I think that it has a lot to do with the product. Thank you for sharing your experience and tips!


    • October 1, 2018 / 5:25 pm

      Absolutely! Thank you for reading Candace!

  5. Liz
    September 20, 2018 / 8:29 am

    I love these tips! They are definitely more natural looking than people are led to believe lol!

    • October 1, 2018 / 5:25 pm

      Exactly! It’s so funny when I think of what I was afraid of before I started!

  6. September 20, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    You look amazing. Thanks for the information as I didn’t know a lot about tanning … but then I am born with a natural tan (:D)

    ❥ tanvii.com

    • October 1, 2018 / 5:24 pm

      Thank you, and yes the difference is so real!

  7. Nailil
    September 21, 2018 / 11:40 pm

    I don’t have the need to use spray tans but have always hear about them and even some of the misconceptions.

  8. September 22, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    I love spray tans and using self-tanners. They’ve come a long way! These are great tips & facts. x

    • October 1, 2018 / 5:22 pm

      I totally agree! We know so much more about them now too!

  9. September 23, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    You look amazing and your spray tan looks awesome!!

  10. September 23, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    Spray tans always give me such confidence! Your color looks amazing

    • October 1, 2018 / 5:22 pm

      Me too! Especially for how many photos we take!

  11. September 23, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    Your tan looks amazing! I have been against spray tans forever but as I get older I think it’s 1000 better to use them then to damage your skin at the sun to get a tan!

    • October 1, 2018 / 5:21 pm

      I totally agree, it’s much better for me to spray tan than lay out all day.. quicker too!

  12. Nataly
    September 24, 2018 / 6:38 am

    I really need to try spray tanning! I just do it myself at home, but this seems so much better!

    • October 1, 2018 / 5:20 pm

      It’s definitely easier and cleaner at the store!

  13. September 24, 2018 / 8:52 am

    The last time I got a spray tan was in high school and I got an allergic reaction. So I have to stay away from spray tans 🙁

    • October 1, 2018 / 5:16 pm

      If you ever decide to I have a few other posts that may be helpful as well!

  14. ashley hargrove
    September 25, 2018 / 11:52 am

    I still have yet to try and do spray tanning!! I really don’t know why either but I definitely need to try it soon especially now that I’ll get even pastier during the winter!

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