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Sunbeds vs. Spray Tanning: Which is Right for You?

If you’re looking to improve your glow and achieve that perfect bronze, you’ve probably come across the two most popular methods of tanning: sunbeds and spray tanning. But which one is the right fit for you? Let’s dive into the specifics of each to help you make an informed decision.

What are Sunbeds?

Sunbeds, also known as tanning beds, are devices that emit ultraviolet (UV) rays, simulating the sun’s rays to give your skin that desired sun-kissed glow.

There are two main types of sunbeds: lying-down beds and stand-up booths. The lying-down beds are your classic sunbeds. You recline in a cocoon of UV light and let the bed work its bronzing magic. On the other hand, stand-up capsules are for those who prefer to tan standing.

The process of using a sunbed is fairly straightforward. You start by putting on protective eyewear and depending on the type of bed you’re using, you either lie down or step into the capsule. The length of your session will depend on your skin type, the specific bed, and your tanning goals. 

Pros and Cons of Sunbeds

Sunbeds have their perks, but they also come with some drawbacks. Let’s weigh the pros and cons. 

Pros of Sunbeds

One of the biggest advantages of sunbeds is the depth and durability of the tan they produce. Sunbeds emit both UVA and UVB rays, which not only darken the top layer of your skin but also trigger melanin production for a deeper tan. 

Cons of Sunbeds

Unlike a spray tan that delivers instant results, achieving a sunbed tan requires a bit more commitment. It typically takes about 2-3 sessions to build up a noticeable tan. For the best results, we recommend tanning 2-3 times a week, rotating between sunbeds and booths. This approach helps ensure a more even and lasting tan while allowing your skin to gradually adjust to UV exposure.

What is Spray Tanning?

If you’re looking for a quick, sunless glow, spray tanning might just be your golden ticket. It is a form of sunless tanning where a spray solution is applied to your body. This spray solution contains an ingredient called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) that interacts with your skin’s chemistry to turn it tan, or bronze. It’s a temporary effect that usually lasts from 7 to 10 days.

Booth spray tanning offers a particularly efficient and uniform application. You stand in a specially designed booth where the spray solution is applied over your body automatically. This method is quick, allowing you to be in and out in no time, and it also provides options for customization. For instance, rapid rinse solutions are available for those who prefer a shorter development time, allowing them to shower within 1-3 hours of spray tanning. 

Spray tanning is a fantastic option for special occasions when you need to look your bronzed best on short notice. 

Pros and Cons of Spray Tanning

Let’s get straight into the pros and cons of spray tanning.

Pros of Spray Tanning

One of the biggest advantages of spray tanning is that you walk out of the salon with a tan. There’s no waiting around for your tan to develop over several sessions like with sunbeds. If you want to look like you’ve spent a week in the Bahamas and you want it now, spray tanning is your answer!

In addition, with spray tanning, you’re not stuck with a one-size-fits-all shade of bronze. You can choose how dark you want to go.

Cons of Spray Tanning

While spray tans provide instant results, they don’t last as long as sunbed tans. They typically start to fade after about a week, especially without proper aftercare. 

Spray tans also need a bit more attention compared to sunbed tans. You’ll need to exfoliate your skin before your session, avoid water and sweat for a few hours after, and moisturize regularly to maintain your tan. Here you can find a detailed guide on preparing for a spray tan.

Personal Considerations 

Now that we’ve explored the ins and outs of sunbeds and spray tanning, let’s talk about what’s right for you. After all, when it comes to tanning, it’s not a one-size-fits-all deal.  

With sunbeds, your skin type plays a big role. People with fair skin that burns easily should steer clear of sunbeds. On the other hand, spray tans are generally more suitable for all skin types as they don’t involve UV rays. However, if you have extremely sensitive skin or allergies, it’s worth doing a patch test with the spray solution first.

Lifestyle Considerations

  • Time Commitment: If you’re someone with time to spare and don’t mind gradual results, you might prefer the sunbed route. However, if you’re all about instant gratification or need a tan for a last-minute event, spray tanning is quicker and delivers immediate results.
  • Maintenance: Sunbed tans require less day-to-day maintenance but more frequent visits to the salon to build and maintain your tan. Spray tans, meanwhile, need more daily care but fewer salon visits as you get an instant tan in one go.

Final Thoughts

Remember, the ultimate goal of tanning isn’t just about getting that sun-kissed glow. It’s about feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin. Whether you’re a sunbed devotee, a spray tan enthusiast, or a newbie to the world of tanning, the best method is the one that makes you feel fabulous.