What Is Spray Tanning?

Having tanned skin has long been desired and considered a sign of health and beauty in many parts of the world, including Canada. People who have a tanned complexion are typically considered to be more slim and in better shape than those with pale skin. On top of this, having a nice tan can be an indication that you have the luxury to spend time at the beach and visit tropical places often.

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Despite all the evidence that links long hours of sun-bathing to skin cancer, people still flock to beaches all across Canada during the short summer months to sit in the sun for hours on end, trying to achieve a perfect golden tan. Even in the winter, many Canadians go to paradise island destinations such as Cuba, Mexico, and Jamaica to soak in the sun, coming back with a tan to only get compliment after compliment from their co-workers, family and friends.

Thankfully modern advances in science have given those who want a tan an excellent alternative to baking in the sun for hours, significantly reducing their risk of skin cancer. Spray Tanning delivers similar results to sun-bathing but without all the risk factors. And the best part is, you don’t have to go to Cuba in the winter to get a tan! Check out our spray tanning salon in Mississauga to get a natural looking tan today.

What Is Spray Tanning

Just as the name implies, spray tanning is a form of tanning your skin using a mist or aerosol that is sprayed onto your body. The main ingredient in the spray used is called Dihydroxyacetone, DHA for short, which is a sugar that produces a pigment in the skin once it interacts with amino acids on the top layer of the skin. The pigment produced is called melanoidins which causes the golden tanned look that people are striving for.

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It takes a short time for the DHA to interact with the amino acids on your skin, giving you a nice bronze look shortly after the spraying procedure. This tanned color is only temporary and will last approximately 7 days after which the skin color will slowly fade back to its natural tone.

One major difference in spray tanning to sun bathing is that during sun bathing your skin is becoming darker to protect itself against the harmful rays of the sun from burning your skin in the future, whereas spray tanning is a chemical reaction that makes your skin look darker only. Therefore, if you do get a spray tan make sure to wear sun screen and stay in the shade when in the sun to not damage your skin.

Spray Tanning Methods

There are two main spray tanning methods available through tanning salons which should always be administered by a professional for best results. These methods include:

  1. Airbrush Spray Tan – this method requires an attendant to use a spray gun, that is similar to a paint gun, to evenly spray your entire body with the spray tan mist.
  2. Booth Spray Tan – the second and more reliable option is to stand in a specialized booth that has several nozzles. These nozzles automatically spray your entire body in a uniform manner giving you a perfect looking tan without any nasty tan lines.



Your Skin Your Choice

Tanned skin is generally considered as a reflection of a healthier and more active person in the western world. Tanning also adds to the beauty of the skin making the person more attractive and desirable. Although direct exposure to sun may be desirable, too much exposure can actually be detrimental to the skin. The ultra violet rays of the sun are prone to cause sun burn and, in certain cases, even skin cancer.

Luckily, modern technology has come up with scientifically tried and tested methods to help achieve artificial sun tanning. This phenomenon now allows for tanning that is available all the year round, regardless of your geographical location. This is achieved through different methods and products such a tanning beds, mists, airbrush, oils, creams, lotions, and even pills. Midnight Sun Tanning, for example, is a great Mississauga tanning salon allowing you to get amazing results even in the bitter cold of winter.

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These methods are considered to be safe sunless tanning, which is now the most well known thing for people who are eager to achieve the golden brown natural tan all year round. In fact, sunless tanning has quite a number of benefits that can help one to be tanned without being exposed to the harmful ultra violet rays of the sun. Continuous uncontrolled exposure to the rays of the sun is highly dangerous for the skin. With the use of creams and brushes, the skin maintains a beautiful tan without the harmful sun rays.

Moreover, these tanning lotions are also able to reduce the long hours of exposure to the sun usually required for that perfect tan. For example, skin bronzer is an excellent lotion that once applied, gives quick amazing results. Another well known product is tanning pills that have been scientifically proven to achieve great sun tanning results. These products warrant excellent results in basically any time of the year, and are an absolute requisite for a healthy, shiny and a lovely skin.

Benefits Of Stand Up Tanning

At Midnight Sun Tanning we have stand up tanning beds for ultimate results. As opposed to traditional shell like tanning beds, stand up tanning beds are another version of tanning equipment. The major difference, as the name implies, is the customer has to stand in this bed as opposed to lying down straight.

stand up tanningStand up tanning beds tend to have more benefits than the regular tanning beds such as allowing the customer to enjoy greater flexibility and limb mobility. For example, you can raise your arms giving you a better all around tan, getting areas of your body you wouldn’t normally have tanned like under the arms and inner thighs.

It has also been observed that while lying in prostrate position in a traditional tanning bed, the pressure points do not get tanned. In stand up tanning beds there is no issue of any pressure points eliminating uneven tans. Moreover, the technology of light is further advanced as the bulbs used are 160 watts as compared to 100 watts in the traditional tan beds, allowing your perfect tan to occur in a shorter amount of time.

Another major benefit of stand up tanning beds is that they are more hygienic. In the case of traditional lay down tanning beds the salon has to disinfect the tan beds after every use. With stand up beds, however, there is minimal to no contact between the customer and the bed surface, meaning there is much lower chance of bacteria building up on the surface of the bed. Whatever the case may be, the general consensus is that stand up tan beds are more neat and clean, therefore better than the traditional ones.

Tanning Lotion Anyone?

The days of depending on sitting in the sun on a sunny day for hours at a time to get that perfect tan are now gone. For the tanning enthusiast, there are now amazing self tanning creams or self tanners that help achieve the same results as the bright sunshine would. And moreover, these creams achieve the same results with less time and effort. For great tanning lotions visit Midnight Sun Tanning – Best tanning salon in Mississauga.

Scientist’s have discovered that DHA or Dihydroxyacetone is a chemical which is used to manufacture these self tanners. The very need of the sun to help replenish the skin is no more required as this chemical is used to produce products that when used give amazing skin tanning results. In fact DHA is simply a sugar, which when applied to the skin creates a chemical reaction with the amino acids in the top layer of the skin. This reaction produces melanoidins, a pigment that is brownish in colour creating that beautiful tanned look we are all going for. In addition to DHA, another chemical which tends to function in a similar manner is Erythrulose. When combined with DHA it adds to the tanning effect making the browning effect last longer.

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It must be noted that whenever, self tanners are used, sun screens must also be applied to the skin so that the skin is protected. Also keep in mind that these products only cover the skin surface and have no deep skin effect, thus, they are not producing melanin in your skin, leaving your skin less protected than a natural tan would. Therefore, it is essential that self tanners are complemented with sun screen at all times.

Although sun tanners are easy to use, one may do it themselves as in the case of lotions or might take professional assistance. Whatever the case, the lotions must be applied evenly and regularly, for best results. A well done tan may last up to two weeks, if properly looked after. Whatever, the method of use or application, it must be borne in mind that sun tanners are products used on skins , therefore it is important to choose those products that are good in quality and repute.

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