Tanned Beach Body

The Benefits of Spray Tanning

July 11, 2014 - 1:17 am

Over the last few decades, the tanning trend has been growing in popularity! It seems like all the celebrities on the cover of magazines these are all tanned and toned!

In the past, porcelain skin was considered attractive, and women went to great lengths to preserve their paleness. This definitely has connotations that were a reflection of the times. To be pale was as much a statement of class as it was of beauty: middle and upper class women were pale because either they didn’t work or they worked indoors. Working class women, on the other hand, were more tanned because they did outside labour.

And then Coco Chanel came along. One summer, the fashion icon got a little too much sun on one of her yacht trips in Cannes, returning to the spotlight with sun-kissed skin. Soon after, celebrities and socialites were flocking to tropical destinations during the winter, using sunlamps to darken their pallid looks. While a tan was once indicative of an undesirable, labour-intensive fate, it is now associated with an active and outdoorsy lifestyle - a lifestyle of the rich and famous since only they can afford to take vacations in the French Riviera and the Caribbean. Now, if you're pale, it just means you can't afford to take these vacations!

This change in what is considered attractive has even seeped into children's entertainment. A quick study of Disney princesses would show that the princesses have progressively become tanner. Just notice the difference in Snow White's and Rapunzel's skin tones.

Snow White and Rapunzel by Disney

And because we now know that baking in the sun all day is really bad for our skin (hello, skin cancer!), lots of people are now turning to spray tanning to get that beautiful bronze glow.. This assumes, of course, that you’re applying sunscreen before going outside.

The other positive to spray tanning is that they are instant. No need for baking outside in the sun for hours on end or waiting for your sticky self-tanning lotion to dry. And since it dries quicker than other self tanning products like gels and lotions, that means it’s less likely to get all over your clothes, your bed and other people!

Finally, another important positive of spray tanning is that your skin retains its youthful appearance for much longer. No one wants to look like a piece of dried leather when they are fifty, so, like we always say, stop while you are ahead!

Tanned Legs at the Beach

So what is spray tanning?

Spray tanning is a form of sunless tanning where a fine mist is sprayed onto your body. This mist has an ingredient in it called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) that interacts with your own skin’s chemistry that makes it look tanner or more bronzed in appearance. This temporary effect generally lasts around 7 days.

For the most part, spray tanning is considered fairly safe. Back in 2010, there was a report that basically said inhaling DHA, the main ingredient in spray tan solution, hadn’t been studied by the FDA and therefore could be harmful. It turned out the report was sponsored by the indoor tanning lobby and drew some incorrect conclusions on minimal testing that had been done 20 years ago in test tubes, and not on humans or animals.

If you are extremely cautious about your health and want to be safe, you should opt for an organic spray tan. Organic spray tanning has taken the lead in the spray tan industry because it offers a generous amount of advantages over traditional spray tanning.

In an organic spay tan, wrinkles, dry skin, irritation, rashes and other skin problems are diminished. This type of spray tanning binds the moisture in the skin and repairs skin cells that have been damaged by the harsh sun rays. It eliminates the formation of dried out skin which normally occurs after traditional spray tanning. All this occurs because organic spray tanning comprises of 100% organic and natural ingredients. This means no synthetic colours, parabens, alcohol, oil or perfume exists in the solution. Organic spray tan solution is vegan and it does not expose you to harmful UV rays.

Blink uses the SunFX Organic Spray Tanning system, which is not only healthier, but also odourless, so it does not contain the same unpleasant scent that traditional spray tan solutions contain. And it costs almost the same amount as traditional spray tanning! If you can pay the same amount for an organic spray tan as you would for a traditional spray tan, who wouldn't go for the safer choice?

What do you think about tanning in general? Let me know in the comments!

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