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Spray Tanning vs Self-Tanning

Sunless Tanning: Spray Tanning vs Self-Tanning Which Is Best?

When you think of summer, and beautiful people on the beach, you imagine their bronze skin, glistening in the sun. A deep, dark tan has long been associated with youth, vitality, and beauty, but too much time in the sun, or in a tanning bed, is a hazard to your health. A safer method for getting the perfect tan is with sunless tanning, but which type is best for you, spray tanning or self-tanning solutions?

Why Is Sunless Tanning Safer?

When you sunbathe or spend time out in the sun for long periods, you expose your skin to UV radiation. The resulting tan you see as a healthful glow is actually a sign that your skin has been damaged. Repeated exposure and tanning of the skin can increase your risk for skin cancer and make you look older faster. Sunless tanning, like spray tanning and self-tanning, give you the look of a sun-kissed tan without exposing your skin to the harmful effects of UV radiation. 

What Type of Sunless Tanning Is Best?

When it comes to sunless tanning, you have two options to choose from. You can either pay for a professional salon spray tan or you can apply a self-tanning product. Which option is right for you? That depends on you and your expectations. The best way to make a decision is to be informed, so here’s what you need to know about your sunless tanning options. 

What Is a Salon Spray Tan?

Applied by a professional, a spray tan can provide you with a beautiful tan without ever stepping foot outside. It’s basically a mist that is sprayed on your skin in a thin layer. This tanning mist contains Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This colorless, plant-based, natural compound interacts with the amino acids in your skin’s top layer. As a result of the interaction, the skin takes on a characteristic sun-kissed brown or tan tone. 

Benefits of a Salon Spray Tan

At Hydrate Salon & Spa Inc., we believe that salon spray tans are a healthier, and safer alternative to UV tanning. We also know that everyone is unique with a skin makeup and chemistry all their own. That’s why we customize all of our tanning solutions for individual clients. We’ll work with you to accomplish your tan goals, so you look and feel your best.

What Are Self-Tanning Products?

Self-tanning products are things like lotions and sprays that are designed to be applied at home. The good news is that many of the self-tanning products on the market contain at least some DHA. These over-the-counter self-tanning lotions and sprays are readily available, relatively affordable, and much safer than spending a day in the sun.

Benefits of Self-Tanning

The biggest benefit of using a self-tanning product is that the cost will be significantly lower than a visit to the salon. However, if you’re going to use a self-tanner, be aware that it can be difficult to apply evenly, messy, and you may not achieve the tan color you expect. It’s also easy to get the tanning mixture on the sink, tile, flooring, or walls, where it can cause stains you can’t scrub out. 

Tan the Safe Way — Make an Appointment Today

A beautiful, deep bronze tan will make you look and feel amazing this summer, especially if you do it the smart way. Contact us at Hydrate Salon & Spa to schedule an appointment for our exclusive salon spray tanning. We’ll evaluate your skin, talk to you about your tanning goals, and mix a special version of the DHA mist to suit your needs and your skin’s condition. After your spray tan session, you’ll look like you’ve been on a tropical vacation on a sunny beach.

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