Whether you want to get a head start on your summer tan, get a glowing complexion in time for a significant event, or preserve your tan year-round, a spray tan can quickly become your best friend. Best of all, it can protect and preserve your skin from the harmful UV rays which penetrate your skin during traditional tanning sessions in tanning beds or in the sun. At Paradise Med Spas of Texas in Lubbock, TX, you can get the perfect tan with FDA-approved, top-quality ingredients and amazing color results.
How Does a Spray Tan Work With My Skin?
Your skin’s top layer, the epidermis, is affected by both sunlight and spray tanning sessions. UV rays penetrate the epidermis, while spray tanning affects only the top layer, where our skin cells are constantly regenerating and a new layer is formed every 40 days.
Thanks to high-quality, skin-friendly ingredients designed to deliver the best color and feel, tanning sessions at Paradise Med Spas are the perfect alternative to tanning in the sun or in a tanning bed, which can lead to wrinkles, pigmentation, accelerated signs of aging, and skin cancer.
What Is Spray Tanning Like?
A spray tanning session is completely customizable and, thanks to the airbrushing technique used, the results are instant. It takes approximately 10 minutes to spray your whole body. Unlike tanning booths, which require you to move and position yourself correctly to achieve an even tan, airbrushing gives you a perfectly blended tan that will never make you look orange.
In addition, you won’t feel sticky or smell unpleasant with your new tan–in fact, you won’t even notice it until you pass by a mirror! Once your session is over, you’ll be able to see the results and go about your day as normal.
Getting the Most From Your Session
How Can I Prepare for a Session?
Before your session, it’s important to exfoliate your body to slough off dead skin cells and ensure that your tan will last longer. The easiest place to do this is in the shower, but make sure the water’s not too hot; if you go to a tanning session with your pores open from the steam, your spray tan may settle unevenly. You’ll also want to wax or shave at least 24 hours before your tanning session and wait about 2 days before waxing or shaving after your session to allow the color to settle.
Finally, moisturizing is a key component to any skin-based treatment. If your skin is dry and flaky during your tanning session, the color will settle unevenly and may fade more quickly as your skin cells regenerate. You should use a lotion moisturizer in the days leading up to your session to ensure that your skin is smooth, hydrated, and healthy, which will give you the best results.
What Should I Do After a Session?
Once you’re feeling fabulous with your new tan, put on some loose-fitting clothes to let your color settle. You should avoid showering or getting wet for at least 8 hours after a session. Keep gently exfoliating your skin, but avoid over-exfoliation, which will fade your tan more quickly as your skin cells are sloughed off.
While you may think that some extra time in the sun could help the color of your tan, you’re actually risking skin damage and peeling by lying in the sun. Keep applying sunblock to protect your skin and your tan and don’t spend an extended amount of time in the sun to avoid fading your tan more quickly.
Avoid products with retinol, alpha hydroxy or salicylic acid in addition to products listing alcohol as one of the first six ingredients. These specific ingredients will encourage cell turnover and fade your tan more quickly. We don’t recommend using bar soaps, and you’ll want to avoid any oils or oil-based moisturizers, which can break down the pigment in your tan. Instead, try a lotion moisturizer to keep your skin healthy and your tan looking great.
How Long Does It Last?
Because your skin is constantly creating new skin cells on the epidermis level, any skin treatment will fade over time. Spray tans generally last for 7-10 days, depending on the coverage you requested; if you wanted a lighter color, your tan could fade more quickly. By taking care of your skin before and after your session, you can help extend the life of your tan; in addition, there are products available that can help your tan last longer.
How Often Should I Get One?
The answer to this question depends on your personal goals! If you’d like a year-round tan, you’ll probably want to schedule weekly appointments to keep your skin at your ideal shade. If you’d like to achieve a lighter tan, you may want to talk to your specialist about how often you should return. And if you’d like a tan for a big event, you can schedule one appointment: but you may find that you want to come back once you see the results!
Spray tans are a quick, easy treatment for men and women of all ages which can protect your skin from sun exposure while still delivering the tan you want. If you’re ready to feel great in glowing skin, contact the professionals Paradise Med Spas of Texas in Lubbock, TX today. We look forward to serving you and helping you meet your tanning goals!