The newest spray tans won't make you orange, smelly - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

Custom spray tans are a safe alternative to frying in the sun

© How to tan the healthy way © How to tan the healthy way

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Ah, the golden glow of summer on your skin. Your darkened skin tone may make you look as though you've spent a week on a tropical island, but in reality, a tan is the sign of skin damage.

A tan, no matter how you get it, is bad news.

Whether you lay out on the beach or in your yard, go to indoor tanning salons, or even just walk around outside while doing errands, if your skin is unprotected it is getting damaged.

Over time, UV rays can lead to premature aging, such as wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots, and more, as well as skin cancer.

Spray tans are a safe solution for those who want to get some color without the negative side effects.

Christina McCauley, owner of Southern Glow Spray Tan Studio, says spray tans have come a long way since they were first introduced on the market.

"If you are using a product with the right ingredients, it won't make you orange, stain your sheets or make you smelly," said McCauley.

McCauley tested several versions of spray tans to eliminate those with negative results.

"I use an aloe based organic line, which is actually very good for your skin, and it has almond and walnut extracts, instead of carrot, which can make you orange."

Another advantage, says McCauley, is that there are no harmful chemicals in the product so you don't have to worry about taking in any toxins while getting tanned.

"The entire procedure just takes a few minutes, and we can pick exactly what shade you would like to be," said McCauley.

To make an appointment, call (910) 336-9473.


Prior to session:

-Exfoliate. Scrub or wash off any dry, dead skin cells.

-Any shaving or waxing should be completed 24 hours prior to session.

-Avoid using bar soaps, high pH shower products, or in shower moisturizers. This could neutralize the skin's reaction to the DHA Bronzing agents.

Day of session:

-Do not use creams, lotions or perfumes because these can act as a barrier, which prevents the bronzers from penetrating your skin.

-Wear loose-fitting, dark clothing. If your clothing is too tight, you risk rubbing or smearing the bronzers, especially around the waist, elbows and knees.

-Remove any make-up prior to sunless application.

After session care:

-Wait 5 minutes before getting dressed to let product completely dry.

-Avoid water and sweating for at least 3 hours.

-Shower after 12 hours, but rinse only, do not use any gels or soaps.

-Avoid perfumes, as they contain alcohol and can cause bronzers to fade quickly.

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