Sunscreen & Spray Tanning
A question I often get from clients is, "Do I need to use sunscreen/SPF even if I have a spray tan?" The answer is YES! Spray tanning does not provide any protection against the sun, so if you are going to be in the sun after you have a sunless tan be sure to use sun protection!
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both types of harmful UV rays-UVA and UVB, with at least 30 SPF or higher. Also look for sun protectant that is water resistant to avoid constant reapplying after getting wet or sweating.
If you just got a spray tan and don't want the sunscreen to ruin your spray tan or cause premature fading of your sunless tan, there are a few things to look out for when finding the right sunscreen for you. Avoid sunscreens with oil and/or alcohol. Many of the oils in sunscreen are not moisturizing and can cause your tan to fade faster than it should. Alcohol will dry out your skin and can strip the spray tan causing uneven or patchy areas.
Below are a couple of my favorite options when looking for a spray tan safe sunscreen:
Alba Botanica Green Tea Hawaiian SPF 45 Sunscreen, 4 oz.
Sun Bum Original Moisturizing Sunscreen, SPF 30 Lotion, Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB, Water Resistant & Non-Greasy Protection, Hypoallergenic, Paraben Free, Gluten Free