Wouldn’t we all love to have a beautiful sun-kissed glow all year long? Even in the cold and gloomy winter months? Faux-tanning products are the answer to this dilemma, and are a lot safer than sitting outside, soaking up the sun with little or no protection from harmful UV rays. But which method of self-tanning is best?
Here are the pros and cons of salon spray tans and at home tanning kits so you can decide which method is best for you.
- Easy: you don’t have to put in any effort, just stand there and be sprayed.
- Quick: it only takes a minute or two, and then you wait for it to dry.
- No risk of skin cancer.
- Skin is not sun damaged, and will not show signs of aging.
- Whether it is in a booth, or done by a beautician, you will be coated evenly.
- A quality spray tan will look natural.
- No harmful chemicals: the main ingredient in fake tan (Dihydroxyacetone, or DHA) is a simple sugar compound.
- Some salons provide protective gear to prevent inhaling the tanning liquid.
- A beautician at the salon can get the colour that is just right for you.
- Loads of salons have popped up since solariums were outlawed in most states.
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- Results are short term: the colour will come off with the skin cells that we shed.
- Ingredients: while many tanning agents contain nothing more than a simple sugar compound, some do contain more harmful ingredients.
- Can be more costly, ranging from $20 to $50 and sometimes more if you go to a really high-end salon.
- Fake tan is not so good for you if inhaled, so hold your breath while you’re being sprayed.
- Does not protect from UV rays, so you still need to protect your skin from the sun.
- More cost effective option: you can get a couple of tans from a bottle of self-tanning cream, and it is cheaper than going to the salon.
- No risk of inhaling the mist of tanning liquid.
- Used in the comfort of your own home.
- Again, require no sun exposure, reducing the risk of cancer and skin ageing.
- A quality at-home tanner will not stain clothes (look for the ingredient DHA: Dihydroxyacetone).
- Some products on the market contain moisturiser in the formula to prevent skin from drying.
- A few products also include SPF to protect you from the sun when you’re out and about.
- Colour can still be customised to your skin tone, with most brands offering a variety of tan shades.
- Gradual tanning creams and moisturisers can be great for a consistent fake tan.
- At-home tanning lotions come in gels, mousses, creams, moisturisers, oils, and sprays There are a few airbrushes on the market that are made for the home.
- There are still innovations in tanning products, such as the James Read Sleep Mask Face Tan
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- Not every product on the market is a good product – it is best to do your research before you buy.
- It may take a few practices to get it right.
- All tanning products will give off a bit of a funky smell as the formula reacts with your skin.
- Some products that are sold as tanners are technically bronzers – which are a whole different product. These tend to be a heavier, darker formula, and are almost guaranteed to stain clothes.
- Not all tanners will contain SPF, so you will still need to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays.
- DIY disasters will happen from time to time, so it is best to pick up some self tanner remover with your tanning lotion.
- You may need to try a few different tanners to find the perfect one for you.
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