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Time to Tan

The majorityof us long for that natural, sun-kissed look in the summer months. Fake tan in its varying forms has beenincredibly popular for many years, but is the obsession starting to fade? Orare salon treatments becoming more popular than DIY home kits? Experts from TheBeauty Academy share their thoughts.


Up until the 1920s, the pale complexion was thought to bethe epitome of beauty. Powder was used in excess to create a porcelainappearance and the look of a face which rarely ever saw the sun.

Then Coco Chanel changed everything.

The fashion icon caught a little too much sun on one ofher yachting holidays in Cannes and when she returned to the UK, her sun-kissedlook started a fad -and eventually, an entire industry which revolved aroundachieving the perfect tan.

In no time at all, celebrities were flocking to warmdestinations in the winter months to get a tan. ‘Laying out in the sun’ became themost popular way to transform their once pale skin.


The tan trend soon became popular with men and women fromall socioeconomic levels.

The very first tanning product was called ‘Man Tan’ –which used a chemical derived from sugar cane called dihydroxyacetone (DHA), to cause a browning effect among the amino acidson the skin’s surface. The ingredient was approved by the FDA for fake tannersin the 1970s and is still used in most self-tanning products today.

Overthe years, self-tanners started to get a bad reputation for ‘orange’ streaks,patches and un-natural colour.Luckily,fake tan products and treatments have come a long way since their early days onthe market.


Recently, there have been reports that the sales ofself-tanning products have fallen. This comes as the once hugely popularcelebrity ‘tanned’ trend is also starting to fade, paler looks are becomingmore fashionable, as is the ‘natural’ sun-kissed glow.

Is it the case that we’re fed up of the poor resultsachieved by self-tanner? Fake tan applied incorrectly is renowned for its streaks,patches and hand marks. Do more of us now prefer to go to a professional forour tan treatments, who can ensure a smooth and natural look?

Gina Yates is a beauty therapist who trained with theBeauty academy and now runs her own mobile beauty business

Gina feels that it is now the spray tan tech which isgrowing massively within the industry. Gina said, “I think it’s evident in thefact we see less tanning ‘disasters’ on girls recently, less caked up hands andfeet which used to be the trademark “she’s used too much tan”.’

Gina said, “With spray tanning you put your trust in aprofessional, someone who only wants to provide you with the best tan you canget and who can advise you of the best solution to suit your skin type.

A good spray tan results ina natural looking tan for that ‘just been on holiday’ glow and if topped upregularly can be a year round look – one which more and more girls are leaningtowards.”


A spray tan or airbrush tan can also have many benefits,over and above the other methods of tanning.

There is no risk of UVA damage during a spray tan – ifyou lay out in the sun for long periods or go on a sun bed, you are then atrisk of far more damage.

In terms of appearance, a spray can help you to feel moreconfident in your skin, accentuate your features and even make you lookslimmer. It can also even out the appearance of stretch marks and varicoseveins.

No more streaks! A spray tan done by a professional willleave you with a much more natural, sun kissed glow – minus the hand marks andpatches that come with a spray tan.

It’s quick and convenient – it takes just ten minutes perperson for a spray tan.

Howto prepare

Before your spray tan, it’s advised to either wax orshave several days before you go in for your treatment. This will allow thepores to close and prevent any dotting.

Exfoliate and moisturise the day before your spray tan,paying particular attention to the knees, elbows, ankles and any problem areasthat you may have.

Paint your nails and toenails before your spray tan too –that way, you won’t have to use nail varnish remover after the tan and riskrubbing it off.

The treatment

Remove all your make up so that there is nothing blockingthe tan when it goes on. Remove any deodorant and perfume too as these can alsoaffect the application of fake tan.

You should wear whatever you feel comfortable in, most womengo topless and wear a dark thong (paper knickers are usually available).However it is entirely up to you, many ladies feel more comfortable wearing abikini.

It is recommended that any clothing worn during the mistingprocess should be dark, although the tanning solution will wash out it is morelikely to stain lighter clothing.

The application should last no more than ten minutes, yourtherapist will tell you when to move and where.


Don’t shower immediately after your spray tan as the tancan take up to 6 hours to develop.

Moisturise daily, especially after bathing or showering,to help maintain the colour.

The Beauty Academy offer the 1-day Tanning training course:

For obvious reasons, Tanning isa thriving business in the UK and with the use of an airbrush, a perfect,flawless tan can be achieved.

Airbrush tanning isextremely popular the whole year through due to its ability to adorn clientswith an all-over tan within 30 minutes and without the fear of skin damage dueto UV rays.

The Tanning Training Course will cover:

The operation of an airbrush and compressor

Applying an airbrush tan

Body exfoliation and self-tanning using StTropez products

For more information visit

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