Keeping a nice tan all year round is very difficult if you don’t live in one of our sunshine states. Even then, the harmful rays of the sun and aging effects of getting the perfect tan are less than ideal. Tanning beds are an option but they too pose significant health risks that aren’t worth the benefits in the long run.
Two very popular options that are emerging and are safer than the sun and tanning beds are air brush tanning and spray tanning. Both are similar processes and both can be done at home if you have the equipment, a lot of tanning salons and spas offer both air brush and/or spray tanning also. Let’s take a deeper look into the two.
Air brush tanning, uses a non-toxic, sugar based formula like the spray bottles do. Even though they are both approved by the FDA, I wouldn’t inhale this stuff or get it in your eyes, etc… Air brushing applies a nice smooth even coat over your entire body that is very consistent in coverage and color. The price of air brush tanning is a bit higher than spray tanning, around $45-65 a visit, and requires multiple visits; because air brush tanning sprays the outer layer of skin and does not cover deeper layers. So anytime you shower or use abrasive soaps you will be removing your tan and multiple applications are required for the perfect look.
Spray tanning is a bit cheaper than air brush tanning, around $25-35 a visit, and you can buy these spray tans at the store or visit a spray booth. Spray booths essentially treat you like a car in a carwash and the tanning applicant is sprayed all over you and then rubbed into your skin, which you have to let sit for 4-6 hours before washing. The cons of spray tanning are the color level and the spraying process makes it tough too not breathe in, and the taste is something to be desired. I would also suggest using cotton balls in the ears or else you will get some funky tan runs inside your ears.
Both tans are great for a quick cosmetic look without exposing yourself to numerous hours of sun light and the risk of skin cancer or burning. Both tanning options provide different levels of color, and I would recommend using a lighter color level on your face when possible due to the amount of sun your face will get through normal daily activities. I found the air brush tanning a more enjoyable overall experience and it gave me a more real tan look. I found that the spray tan takes a couple days to look their best, and the first day you may look a little more orange then you would probably like. If you are short on cash I would recommend that you get the spray tanning done because although it does not look better than the air brush tan, it lasts longer and requires fewer applications and less money.