Why Choose a Custom Spray Tan for a Healthy Glow over Sun Exposure?

Stacey Boscoe Zinnanti, Licensed Clinical Aesthetician at BodyLab Med Spa

It may not be something you think about year-round—your summer tan—but many people enjoy having a summer glow no matter what time of year. They love the look of their skin whether in a swimsuit or a sweater, preferring it over the pale complexion that can be natural during the winter months and colder weather.

If you’re looking for ways to maintain your summer glow through the coolest and rainiest of days, you may be considering a faux tan. Before you get your bronze on, here’s what we want you to know about our spray tan including how it work and all of its perks.

What is in Self-tanners?

The main active ingredient in self-tanners, which is responsible for producing the desired golden brown appearance is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–approved compound called dihydroxyacetone (DHA). Contrary to popular belief, DHA is not a stain or paint-like substance. Rather, it is actually a colorless sugar compound. The tan created is the result of a chemical reaction between the proteins in the upper layers of your skin and the sugars in DHA. The two components react, forming a rusty brown protein that is tightly bound to the top of your skin, which is why spray tans aren’t easily washed off. A faux tan usually lasts about 7-10 days because our skin continually sloughs off dead surface cells including the tanned skin cells.

Woman having a spray tan applied to back

How does BodyLab Protect me from DHA?

Because DHA should never be “inhaled, ingested, or exposed to areas covered by mucous membranes, including the lips and nose, because the risks, if any, are unknown based on FDA regulations, BodyLab provides protection for the lips and small disposable nose plugs to each client.

What are the Perks of a Custom Spray Tan?

Perks of spray tans allow you to look fresh off the beach all year long, but the benefits go beyond the effortless glow they provide. If you’re skipping real ultraviolet (UV) rays in favor of getting a fake tan, your skin health and appearance will benefit in the long run. Radiation from the sun, tanning beds, and even nail-drying lamps all contains UV rays, and UV rays are the biggest known contributor to the development of melanomas and other skin cancers. Nationwide, melanoma is diagnosed every eight minutes and there is one death per hour due to the disease.

Graphic display about UVA and UVB

Will a Spray Tan Protect me from the Sun?

Please note that the BodyLab Med Spa spray tan product does not contain any form of sun protection. While wearing a spray tan, we still advise all our clients apply sunscreen, 30 SPF coverage at a minimum, and then reapply appropriately as needed.

Want to Learn More?

If you would like more information on our custom spray tan treatment, please contact us to schedule a complimentary skin consultation. We look forward to any questions regarding our custom airbrush spray tan services.