The PROS and CONS of spray tanning

The most efficient way to get a bronzed glow without any harmful effects of UV exposure is through spray tanning! We all know that overexposing your skin to the sun”s UV rays or tanning beds is a very risky affair. Spray tanning is the only way you can escape sun exposure and still attain a natural-looking tan. Most spray tanners are packed with nourishing and hydrating ingredients which softens, repairs and rejuvenate the skin. Spray tanning offers lots of benefits which include:

It’s instant

When using a spray tanner there is no need of baking yourself outside. You can easily adjust how many shades darker you want to be by spray tanning frequently. If you want a few shades darker you can opt to spray tan less frequently.

No UV rays

Spray tanning does not cause any damage to your skin since there is no exposure to UV radiation. Spray tanners are made from a chemical known as dihydroxyacetone which is approved by FDA since its safe on human skin. When using spray tanner you should be careful not to inhale the DHA since its effects are not clear according to CNN Health reports. You can use sunscreen to protect your skin and approved sunglasses to protect your eyes from any damage.

Even coverage

Spray -on tans are easy to manage especially if it’s administered by a professional in a salon. It provides   a very even coverage that looks so natural. With spray tanning you do not get the ugly red sunburns as it happens when using tanning beds. The bronzed glow starts to show within 12 hours after receiving the treatment.

It can stain your clothes

Tanning spray dries in about 15 minutes after the treatment. However, it’s a messy way to attain a healthy glow since it can stain your clothes as well as skin. Those who use tanning spray are advised to wash off the product immediately after application to avoid staining under the fingernails or their hands. Avoid being into contact with other areas in the house that can easily get stained.

It does not last for long

The color attained after using tanning spray only lasts for a few days. The DHA fades within a week as the dead skin cells are shed. This is expensive since you have to administer the spray more often. Spray tanning yourself is much cheaper than booking numerous appointments at the local tanning salon.


Spray tanning is fine in small doses and always use protective goggle, mouth gear and nose plugs. If you do not want the much hustle caused by the messy tanning spray you can always switch to self-tanning gel. Tanning sprays helps in hiding skin imperfections like stretch marks. This plays a big role in boosting your self-confidence.

Pros and cons of tanning towelettes

Tanning towels has become so famous off late due to their high demand. They are UV free which has positively influenced their popularity. Tanning towels deliver a tan similar to that produced when using tanning beds or sun. They contain a self-tanner that gives you the bronzed glow in about 2-4 hours. When it comes to using tanning towels there are pros and cons that you should be familiar with!

a)     Application

Tanning towels has the tanning lotion saturated inside them. This spares you from the mess of squeezing tanning lotion from a bottle. Therefore the tanning towels are so easy to use and cleanup. You will need to use two or three tanning towels to cover your body from head to toe. This depends on your size and also the skin tone. After using the towelette you should dispose them off.

b)     The length of the tan

The dark color achieved after using tanning towels appears in the first few days and then fades off gradually. The tan lasts for a week which is the same amount of time a tan from a self-tanning lotion lasts. This is caused by skin exfoliation which occurs naturally thus removing the top layer that contains your tan. Tans achieved from tanning beds last longer since the UV rays penetrates further into your skin.

c)     Time

The time taken for tanning towel tan to develop is same to time taken by self-tanning lotion. The color starts to show within 2 to 4 hours after application which is a plus since a real tan takes longer to develop. However, the con of using tanning towel is failing to expose your skin to water for about 4 hours after the application. If your skin comes into contact with water your tan becomes blotchy and uneven.

d)     Price

Tanning towels are a bit too expensive than the ordinary self-tanning lotion. The tan towels ranges from $ 25 to $ 200 while a bottle of self-tanning lotion goes for as little as $ 10.Many people feels that the price is really high but after considering the benefits of  using towelettes they realize it’s worth it.


Many people find it difficult to devote a window of time just for the tan development. It’s important to keep a mental note of the areas you have already applied the towelettes to avoid missing some spots. For a gorgeous even tan you should work from a larger area of your body and work out from there. Pay close attention to any dry spot since they tend to absorb more tanning formula thus becoming darker in color than other areas in your body making you look patchy.