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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.
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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