With the thick of winter upon us here in Minnesota, the long, dark days can start to feel gloomy and dim. Unfortunately, without the sun, your skin can as well. At Sublime Aesthetic Professionals, though we can’t bring spring any faster, we can help brighten up your winter with a spray tan.

Founder Angie Bjorgaard, RN, BSN, and our entire care team are dedicated to helping men and women in the East Grand Forks, Minnesota area look and feel their best. We offer an extensive line of aesthetic and self-care services to enhance your natural beauty and promote overall wellness.

We’ve curated this guide to help you understand why winter is the perfect time to regain a healthy glow with a spray tan. Read on to learn more!

What is spray tanning?

Spray tanning uses products with an active chemical called dihydroxyacetone (DHA) to help you achieve a natural bronze glow, even in the dead of winter. DHA isn’t absorbed into your body, and it’s been shown to have no health risks. Instead, when this colorless chemical comes in contact with your skin’s naturally occurring amino acids, the skin cells darken several shades.

How does spray tanning work?

Professional spray tanning at Sublime Aesthetic Professionals is quick and easy. A thin mist of tanning solution is sprayed onto the areas you’d like to tan, and as the DHA reacts with your skin, the treated areas become a natural-looking tan.

How long will my tan last?

Most spray tans last 7-10 days, which is how long DHA typically reacts with the amino acids in your skin. There are steps you can take to help make your glow last.

Here are our top tips for keeping your spray tan longer:

  • If possible, wax away unwanted hair about two days before your appointment.
  • If you don’t wax, shave 12 hours before your appointment.
  • The day of your appointment, shower and exfoliate your skin well.
  • Avoid using lotions before your spray tan.
  • For the most natural results, don’t wear makeup.
  • Wear loose, dark clothing to and from and salon, and skip any tight underwear.
  • Avoid showering and exercise that makes you sweat for 12 hours after your tan.

For the longest-lasting results, don’t exfoliate your skin between tanning, and steer clear of chlorinated water and lotions that contain harsh chemicals.

What are the benefits of spray tanning?

If you’re hoping to tan this winter, spray tanning offers the best solution. Indoor, light-based tanning beds use UV rays to induce a sun-kissed glow, but those rays are dangerous to your health. In fact, recent studies show that participants increased their risk of life-threatening melanoma by 75% after just one UV-based indoor tanning session.

In addition to providing a safe alternative to UV tanning, spray tans give you a more natural and even tan, without the lines tanning beds leave. And spray tanning offers faster, more effective results. Unlike indoor tanning beds, which require multiple visits each week, with spray tanning you can get instant results after one visit.

Ready to brighten up your winter with a spray tan?

If you’re ready to regain a healthy glow and escape the dark, dreary days of winter, our tanning artists can help. We can enhance your natural look and help you look your best and brightest all year long. Contact our office today, or request an appointment online now.


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