Spray tanning an alternative to sunlight

Spray tanning an alternative to sunlight

(ANGIE'S LIST) - Erin Young says being tan boosts her confidence, but she knows the dangers of the sun's rays, so she gets her tan sprayed on each week.

"I take such good care of my insides that I feel like caring for my skin is something that I also need to do, and I feel like doing this is caring for my skin in a great way," Young said.

Spray tanning has been around for years.

It requires the use of dihydroxyacetone or DHA, the active ingredient in self-tanning solutions, which was approved by the FDA for external use back in the 1970s.

"This is kind of bringing the best of both worlds where you can have some color, but you're not damaging your skin; you're not wrinkling your skin; you're not putting more age spots onto your skin," spray tan salon owner Angela Alney said.

Each spraying session produces an instant tan that lasts about five to 10 days depending on your skin tone and activity level.

Experts say it's best to have your last spray tan completely faded before getting another.

"I liken it to fingernail polish where when it starts to come off, you need to get it all the way off before you put it on," Alney said.

"Spray tanning is a very easy process that usually only takes about 10 minutes. While you can use the automated booth to have a spray tan, a trained professional can often times get you a more even spray tan," Angie's List founder Angie Hicks said.

One spray tan session will cost you around 30 to 50 dollars, but most facilities offer discounted rates with multiple sessions.

Experts say you should wait at least eight hours after each session before you shower or do anything that would cause you to sweat.

They also recommend matching your natural skin tone as closely as you can. Some people think darker tans lasts longer, but that isn't the case.

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