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Sunless tanning has been called many names, and chances are, your definition might not be the same as the next person.

Sunless tanning, also known as UV filled tanning, self-tanning, spray tanning, or fake tanning, refers to the effect of a suntan without the sun. Sunless tanning has risen to popularity during the 1960s when people started getting conscious about having and maintaining healthy skin.

But today, we will focus on the two most popular sunless tanning methods out there: Spray tanning and self-tanning.

What is the difference between spray and self-tanning?

There’s no doubt that sunless tanning can help you get that desired glow in minutes whether you spray tan or self-tan. No matter what your lifestyle is, sunless tanning makes you look good and feel good. 

Self-tanning. There is a huge variety of products you can choose from for self-tanning. Sunless lotions are like your typical lotions or moisturizers. With self-tanning, you have more control over the depth of tan you want and choose the type of tan that best fits your skin. You also have the liberty to apply less or more.

And although self-tanning is cheaper, it obviously takes longer to apply. 

Spray tanning. Compared to self-tanning, spray tans are a breeze. It’s quick, easy, and getting a full-body tan is more convenient. You can either get sprayed or misted in a booth or with the use of a handheld unit. All you have to do is stand straight with your arms up and brace yourself for some bronzing.

The only downside with spray tanning is that it is quite expensive compared to self-tanning. You can opt for self-tanners for everyday use and splurge on spray tanning for special occasions.

Sunless tans normally last 4-5 days. But if you maintain it correctly, your tan can last for as long as 6-8 days. The most important thing to do before undergoing sunless tanning, spray or self-tan, is to exfoliate and scrub. You don’t want your tan to just fade away because you failed to rub-off excess dead skin cells before the process.

You also need to hydrate your skin by moisturizing daily. This will help delay your body from exfoliating naturally and maximize the length of your tan.

Carolina Eye Candy offers spray tanning! Check out our one or five session packages here!