Getting ready to go on vacation? There’s nothing quite like the experience of walking on the beach feeling like the golden queen you are.
Of course, being tan before you go to the beach is counter intuitive–unless you get a spray tan.
If you’re like many people, you’ve heard many a myth about spray tanning, like the dreaded orange tan. But spray tanning can look just as natural as the glow of your skin after a day in the sunshine.
Here are three common falsehoods about spray tanning, and what’s actually true.
1. Spray Tanning Makes You Look Orange
This is the most persistent rumor about spray tanning: that every spray tan ends up like that one scene in Bride Wars, a particularly horrific, Oompa Loompa shade of orange.
But that’s not the case.
When you choose a spray tan shade, that is the color you’ll end up with. You will, however, walk away from the salon looking a little darker than the shade you chose. That’s because tanning solutions contain a bronzer that allows the technician to see where they’ve already sprayed.
This forms the outermost layer of the tan and will wash off when you take a shower, leaving your actual spray tan under it.
2. Spray Tans are Messy
Another common myth about spray tans? They’re messy.
To the uninitiated, this is a rumor that seems to make sense. After all, a spray tan involves spraying liquid onto your skin.
But a quality spray tan won’t be messy at all. Good salons are always clean and professional, and most spray tans are formulated to dry quickly so that you can carry on with your day shortly after your appointment.
Now, it is important to remember that you have to treat your spray tan like a manicure or pedicure–it may be dry, but you don’t want to rub against it or scrub at it until it’s fully set. So you do still need to be gentle.
That said, as long as you waited for your spray tan to dry and you’re not actively trying to rub your tan off, it should be perfectly clean and ready for you to go about your day.
3. A Spray Tan Won’t Last
Finally, many people incorrectly believe that a spray tan won’t last.
Getting a spray tan is a lot like getting your nails done–the tan has a natural lifespan. How long your tan lasts is the result of two things:
- The quality of the tanning solution
- How well you take care of your skin before and after your tan
What can you do to extend the life of your tan? Make sure to moisturize and exfoliate before your appointment and avoiding any excess moisture for up to eight hours after your appointment. Did you know the Evolv Tan is know for their amazing fade quality? Our tans fade evenly and do not contain drying alcohol like other solutions on the market.
Ready to Try Spray Tanning?
Spray tanning gets a bad reputation, but the truth is, it can be a quick and easy way to ensure that you go on vacation with the confidence you need to have a great time.