Why Spray Tan? / by Laura Barrow

Why Spray Tan?

We would all love to have the golden bronze look you get from lying on a tropical island somewhere, or spending hours in the sun. However, the dangers of over exposure are too great to take the risk. Studies have shown that over exposure from the sun can cause leathery or wrinkly skin, premature aging of the skin, and even skin cancer. If you’re looking for a natural glow without the harmful effects of UV exposure, then spray tanning is the way to go. Spray tanning offers you tanning without the worries of health risks. 

How does a Spray Tan Work?

If you've ever seen a sliced apple turn from white to brown, you've seen how spray-tanning products work on your skin.

Natural chemicals cause the inside of the apple to turn brown when it's exposed to air. The naturally occurring chemical dihydroxyacetone, commonly known as DHA, does the same thing to your skin. DHA is the main ingredient in sunless tanning sprays.

DHA is a colorless sugar derived from plants such as sugar beets. It has been used to treat medical problems such as skin-pigmentation disorders for more than 50 years. It's also been approved by the U.S. FDA for cosmetic use for decades. It was first used in a tanning product by Coppertone in the 1960s.

DHA has an enzymatic reaction with the amino acids in the outer layer, or epidermis, of the skin, causing the dead skin cells to turn temporarily dark. By contrast, the sun's rays and the UV lights used in tanning beds penetrate into the deepest layers of skin. That's why they cause lasting damage.

Below you will see a video of South Seas creator Julie Nostrand talking about and demonstrating the South Seas Spray Tan. Julie Nostrand traveled all the way to Spa on Main just to teach us about her product as well as train employees on how to properly give a spray tan.

Call and schedule your South Seas spray tan today! 870-863-SKIN.

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