Some of the things you may need to know before booking a spray tan treatment

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If you are intent on getting a spray tan then you might like to get some background information on the subject.

This might be because you may be a bit worried about whether a spray tan is the best option for you.

That's why zz have compiled a list of the key things to mull over before having a spray tan:

It is worth knowing just how long your spray tan will last and how long a person will have to go between applications. Everyday activity such as bathing sheds dead skin cells and reveals new skin, which is why natural sun tans fades relatively quickly. It is common for a tan to last around 7 days but the general window is anywhere from 5 to 10 days if the skin is cared for. Although if the person uses a daily moisturiser after application then they will see their tan lasting up to a couple of days longer. But people’s skin holds on to tans differently and their skin will therefore react differently to the spray tanning fluid.

Spray tanning booths are not for everyone and in fact whether a person decides to use one should depend upon their complexion. This is because spray tanning formula works by enhancing natural skin tones and is therefore better suited to people with darker skin. This means that, someone who has a Mediterranean complexion might definitely benefit from stepping into a spray tanning booth. Alternatively, a fair skinned person may notice that the bronze effect seems less natural than it would on other people and therefore not be the right choice.

There are a number of things that can help a spray tan to last longer and a few preparations that can be made. Scrubbing your skin to reveal new layers and remove old cells is essential before any spray tan. The reason for this is to make the spray tan to work properly the person will need to avoid showering for twelve hours after their spray tan. Before the tan has applied and in order to ensure an even glow the individual is advised to shave or wax the day before their treatment. Lastly, people should arrive at the tanning salon wearing dark clothes as after the application the solution is likely to rub off onto their clothes.

The ultimate price of the spray tanning can vary depending on where the store is and the service needed. Booking in advance and arranging regular treatments can also affect the price. For example a spray on tan from can cost just over £25, however within this price clients also receive pre-post tan products too. Booking in advance can help many clients to make a saving. Some salons even offer reduced rates if you book many tanning sessions in advance. Spray tan parties, where the host gets a free tan, are also available sometimes.

The active ingredient in a spray on tan is a chemical called dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and although it is non-toxic it can be an allergen to some people. As a result of this people who haven't experienced spray tanning before should really have an allergy patch test before using a tanning booth. Although this allergy is not very common at all, it's always worth having the test done before you decide to get into a tanning booth! After all it is better to be safe than sorry especially as the DHA substance will be put onto your whole body so an allergic reaction will be quite uncomfortable and not at all localised.

If you follow these tips then you should have a better idea of whether a spray on tan is a good idea for your circumstances.

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