February 13, 2014

5 Reasons to Get a Pre-Holiday Spray Tan

Heading on holiday? If you had to pack just one accessory, make it a good spray tan. Most people think of a tan as something they want to bring back home, but leaving on a jet plane with sun-kissed skin is the smart thing to do if you want to both look amazing on your special trip and protect your skin from damage. Below, we dispel some of the most common myths about spray tanning and tell you why it’s a must-do beauty trick before any type of vacation.

1. Getting a spray tan only takes a few minutes of your time.

Most people have to spend days on the beach before they get to their ideal colour (not to mention the pain and unpleasantness of burning and redness that go with it). With spray tanning, you can achieve a natural golden glow in just a few minutes. Automated tanning applications are fast and dry almost instantly. In about eight hours, you’ll look like you just got back from the tropics.

2. Sunless tanning is safe.

You might think there’s no harm in spending a couple of days in sunlight while you’re on holiday, but the truth is even short-term exposure to UV rays can cause permanent damage and increase your risk of developing skin cancer in the future. Getting a spray tan, on the other hand, is completely harmless. Just be sure to cover your mouth to avoid accidentally inhaling chemicals during the application.

3. Look beautiful on your first day at the beach.

Don’t spend precious beach time trying to hide imperfections that can easily be covered with a good spray tan. If you’ve ever noticed that people look more toned when they’re tan, that’s because a darker skin colour hides flaws and creates the illusion of thinness. Nothing will make you feel more confident in your swimsuit than a golden-brown tan that hits your body in all the right places.

4. Take drop-dead gorgeous photos.

Who doesn’t want to come home from holiday with amazing pictures? As long as you choose a colour that flatters your skin tone, a faux tan can make you look like a glamourous model in any shot.

5. Maintaining your spray tan is easy.

With a few minor tweaks to your daily beauty routine, a good spray tan should last until you come home or even longer. Don’t worry about streaking if you plan on going swimming. Since tanning agents act within the top layers of the skin, they can’t be washed away after the colour fully develops. Applying a hydrating daily moisturiser should be enough to prevent your tan from fading, and you can always give it a quick lift with bronzers and tanning lotions.

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