Using sunscreen with a spray tan
One of the questions a lot of people have about spray tanning is if it provides any sun protection. The answer is no, all the spray tan is, is a chemical reaction which changes the color of your skin. The reason we tell people to make sure to moisturize and not exfoliate during the course of your spray tan is because we change the color of your dead skin, and if you scrub and exfoliate, you are scrubbing off that dead skin, which in turn, lessens the life of your tan.
The best way to protect your skin is to not use the tanning beds and get a spray tan and also make sure to protect your skin from the sun by using sunscreen everyday. In order to keep your skin moisturized while outside in the sun, you should use waterproof sunscreen and if possible a sunscreen with no oil, alcohol, fragrance. Most sunscreens contain those ingredients so when you do go out and the sun and use sunscreen, put some fragrance free and alcohol free lotion on beforehand.
The FDA recommends that you use an SPF of 15 or higher. Most people also do not know that there is also a difference between sunblock and sunscreen. The main difference is that sunscreen allows your skin to absorb the sun’s rays, so you still will either get tan or sunburnt. Sunblock though, blocks the sun’s rays all together. It is usually white and doesn’t absorb into your skin while sunscreen is usually clear in color.
Just make sure you are moisturizing and protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays by using water resistant sunblock and your skin and your tan will thank you!!
Your Tantress Anita