If you're wondering how safe spray tans are, keep reading.
Until Sunday, travelers at the Gatwick Airport in London can get a free preflight spray tan. Dubbed the Gatwick Glow, the service is a result of research done by the airport which concluded that having an existing tan preholiday gives vacationers more confidence. "Gatwick Glow is designed to give our passengers a boost. We want them to head off on their holiday feeling great about themselves," the Gatwick Airport's Kim Francis told the Daily Mail. Perhaps the thought of a gooey cinnamon bun already gives you that warm glow, but would you consider getting your warm glow on by spray-tanning at the gate?
Enter the spray tan. Yum decided to try Brown Sugar Boutique in SF. While this faux-tanning service can be performed by a machine, our foodie wanted the preciseness that only a human can provide. And while Yum decided to go in her birthday suit, most places provide paper underwear or let you wear your own skivvies. Find out about her experience with spray tanning when you read more.
While I personally do not plan to be Snookerized any time soon, I do give her a big thumbs-up for changing her tune on tanning. Whereas she used to sing the praises of tanning beds, she's now pro-faux. Tanning beds can cause cancer, and the only safe tan is a fake one. If Snooki can step away from the UV light, anyone can. Glad to see her doing it.
Baking in the sun or on a tanning bed is bad news for your skin. Exposure to UV rays leads to wrinkles and more health-threatening conditions such as skin cancer. A UV-free alternative to give your skin that kissed by the sun glow is a spray tan. You stand in a booth as your skin is coated with a mist of sunless tanning solution. The active ingredient in most sunless tanning products is dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a chemical derived from glycerin. When applied to your body, the DHA reacts with the amino acids in the dead skin cells on the outer layers of your skin, temporarily producing a brown color that gradually fades within a week.
These products are generally considered safe alternatives to baking in the sun, and the FDA regards DHA as safe for your skin. That's because DHA isn't absorbed by your skin, and it has no known toxicity. You just need to make sure that DHA doesn't get on your lips, in your eyes or nose, or that it's not inhaled. Remember that a spray tan will darken your skin, but it in no way protects it when you're outdoors. So before heading out, be sure to apply sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
Have you ever had a spray tan?
Hey everyone! I just want to remind you to keep sending in your beauty bloopers. Help me help your fellow beauty addicts learn from your mistakes and mishaps! Today's blooper involves one anonymous reader's spray tan slip-up.
"I decided to try spray tanning a couple of months ago for a wedding I was attending in the Bahamas. As a first-timer, I diligently watched the video, applied the barrier cream in all the right places and held my breath for 30 seconds like I was instructed. When it was over, I began to towel off until I noticed drippings falling from the shower cap onto my face. I frantically blended them for fear of splotches, and at the same time, I was intermittently wiping off my hands so they wouldn't stain and give away my secret.
"Because I was so concerned with my face, I completely skipped out on rubbing in the self tanner on the backs of my arms, shoulders and back. Four hours later I took a shower and didn't notice a thing.
"In the morning, I hopped on a plane to the wedding where I was excited to show off my new tan. However, just as I was getting jiggy on the dance floor, a bridesmaid came over and gently pointed out that my back was covered in little orange spots. I was so totally mortified that I spent the remainder of my time at the wedding in the bathroom trying to fade the tan spots with lemon juice."
Lesson learned: Be patient and meticulous if you are going to get a spray tan, since there is nothing worse than an obvious, cheetah-print faux glow!
More power to hip-hop girl groups (R.I.P. TLC!), but when they bust a rhyme about going to the tanning parlor, I'm a little less than thrilled. These three
gangstas divas go and get their glow on a few times a week. For real. So they're here to break down what it means to be "splotch free golden brown." Brace yourselves.
InfinitySun is an innovative sunless tanning technology designed to give each client a custom-blended tan for her skin tone. It's also the first-ever anti-aging spray tan formulated with antioxidants, vitamins A and E, and anti-aging emollients.
As with any spray tan, you should be exfoliated, shaven, showered, and free of lotion and deodorant before getting in the booth. A technician will analyze your skin tone, and a computerized system will blend a mixture just for you. The process takes about five minutes, and you can then choose from three take-home products to help keep your tan over time.
To find out about InfinitySun's celebrity following and to learn where to get one, read more
'Tis the season for fake tans, and while I'm partial to bronzers and self-tanning lotions, I don't frequent the spray-tan booth. So I'm curious: Who among you has gotten a tan professionally sprayed on?