As summer approaches and you start thinking about how to achieve that perfect sun-kissed look, it would be wise to consider getting a spray tan before you rush off to the beach or the tanning bed.
While there are innumerable ways to get a great-looking tan, many of the options involve exposing your skin to damaging UVA and UVB rays. Sunbathing can give you a healthy glow, but it can also give you terrible sunburns, create unsightly freckles, and increase your chances of skin cancer – not to mention the time commitment. Tanning beds can give you much faster results, but they achieve their effect with UV radiation, which is known rapidly age your skin and cause skin cancer.
Spray tanning, however, is safe and easy, quickly giving you a golden glow without causing skin damage. Many tanning businesses, spas, and salons offer spray tan services, which provide you with an even, natural-looking tan with minimal effort. Pricing for this service varies and can be anywhere from $25 to $75 for a full-body tan. If you don't need a full-body tan, most of these establishments also offer separate pricing for arms, legs, face and neck, and upper body tans, at prices ranging from $10 to $40 a session.
Different spray tan businesses use different systems, but all of them involve the same basic process. You will generally be asked to select a shade, based on your natural skin tone and how dark you want the end result to be. Next, you will be asked to disrobe and step into a spray tan chamber, where either a professional air-brusher or an automatic sprayer will create your tan.
Spray tans generally last four days to a week, but there are ways to help you retain your tan. Before heading to the salon, take a shower and exfoliate your skin with a loofah. Spray tan products dye the outer layer of skin, which naturally sheds itself over the course of a few days. If you exfoliate beforehand, you will have removed the excess skin that sheds the most quickly, and your spray tan will last longer. Secondly, apply a water-based moisturizer. This will help the spray absorb into your skin.