Will Sunscreen Ruin a Spray Tan?

Getting a spray tan is more than just enhancing your color and complexion; it’s also about getting pampered. So, when you pay good money to get yours done, you want it to be worthwhile. Whether you opt for customized air brush spray tanning session or automatic spray tanning bed, your top priority is to make it last. You are not alone if you are concerned about ruining your beautiful, flawless spray tan. Many others have asked our professional tanning consultants how they can protect and prolong their spray tans. In fact, one of the top concerns we hear among our clients is the use of sunscreen. Some are afraid that sunscreen will damage or even fade a spray tan, but we are hear to give you the truth.

Continue below to learn what the effects are of applying sunscreen before and after your spray tan, and where you can get the best air brush or automatic spray tanning session in Indianapolis.

Regular Sunscreen Application Improves Spray Tanning Results!

Sunscreen is a UV Protector and Moisturizer in One

Spray tanning is a great alternative to getting a deeper, richer complexion without exposing your skin to UV-light. There are different kinds of spray tanning methods and options, and they are good for any skin tone or type. Talk to your spray tanning consultant prior to your session and discuss your complexion goals for best results. One way to ensure good results is through regular use of sunscreen.

Here’s the thing about sunscreen: everyone should use it every day of their lives. The long-term effects of UV-ray and UVB sun exposure can be damaging to the skin, lead to premature aging, illness, and more. Whether cloudy or full of sun, be sure you are donned with the appropriate level of sun protection, including hats, long-sleeve shirts, and of course, sunscreen.

But what about sunscreen and spray tans?

The fortunate reality is that sunscreen is an ultimate moisturizer. It contains many moisturizing agents that are great for the skin. And what’s the best way to prolong a tan, sunless or otherwise? Moisturize your skin daily using a quality lotion or cream! So, using sunscreen on your skin AFTER your spray tan is highly encouraged. It will not damage your resulting color, but rather, protect it and even enhance it!

Using Sunscreen Prior to Getting a Spray Tan

It is important that your skin is freshly cleansed and free of any products, including sunscreen. That is because you want the spray tan formula to stick to your skin. Apply sunscreen or any kind of moisturizer can prevent the spray tan from adhering to your skin. Furthermore, do not shave, wax, exfoliate, or have any other intrusive skin treatments done before your spray tan, as these treatments can disrupt the evenness of application.

Looking for the best Indianapolis spray tanning deals? Contact Broad Ripple Tans at 317-257-8262 to learn about our luxury spray tan services, prices, and packages. We provide custom air brush spray tanning and automatic spray tanning beds!

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Can I Still Get a Tan With Sunscreen On?

Sunscreen is an imperative part of outdoor, summertime activity. Our skin requires a specific degree of defense against harmful UV rays that come from the sun. Without sun protection, skin is susceptible to burning, rash, irritation, reddening, sensitivity, discoloration, moral formation, freckles, and more. Other than wearing protective clothing that covers the skin or carrying around a large shade umbrella, your best option is to wear a high-quality sunscreen.

It is common for people to opt out of using sun protection lotion because they want to get a tan, however this is not worth the risk; especially because skin still tends even with sunscreen on. To understand why, continue reading to learn more about sunscreen and what it does.

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How Sunscreen Works

Sun protection lotion, or sunscreen, comes in many varieties. However, all types are formulated with two main constituents: an emulsion and a primary active ingredient. There usually several active ingredients in a sunscreen product.

The active ingredient is usually the constituent that actually protects the skin from UV sunrays. These come in two forms as well; the two main categories of active ingredients in sun protection lotion are ultraviolet absorbers and ultraviolet reflectors. Absorbers are chemicals (also known as organic because they contain carbon atoms) that soak up UV radiation from the sun upon contact with skin by converting it to lower levels of heat. Reflectors do just the opposite. Rather than absorbing the UV radiation, they reflect sun rays. They are mostly formulated using common oxides, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which work well to scatter ultraviolet rays.

Emulsions are the constituents that hold the active ingredients and helps bind them to skin. These are often in the form of lotions, creams, milks, ointments, foams, or gels. The basis for most emulsions are oil and water, and then with the addition of other elements, they are customized for the market. Emulsions are important for sunscreens because they increase shelf life since they were preservatives, but they are also the reason behind the lovely fragrances and textures sunscreens offer.

Broad-Spectrum Sunscreens and SPF

Some sunscreens are targeted more for UVA radiation, while others are targeted more towards UVB radiation. Broad-spectrum sunscreen is often recommended as being the best product for skin protection in the sun. These products are specially designed to protect against both UVB and UVA radiation. “SPF” stands for” sun protection factor”, and is measured numerically. The higher the SPF value, the less son will get through to your skin.

A sunscreen with a 30 SPF means that one-thirtieth (or 3.3%) of UV rays actually passes through the skin. Keep in mind that 30 SPF and 50 SPF is only a 1.3% difference in protection. As an example, if your skin burns in the sun after 10 minutes of protection on it, and SPF 30 sunscreen will protect your skin from burning in the sun for 300 minutes (or 30 times longer). So whether your skin is prone to burning in the sun or not, it is better to use a high-value for best results.

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Broad Ripple Tanning 317-257-8262

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