Want to keep that sun-kissed look going all winter long? Trade in your tanning bed for a spray tan machine. A healthier alternative to tanning beds, a good spray tan will leave you looking like you just stepped off a beach in Belize – even though you never left your living room.
Yes, you can have this done at a local tanning salon, but sessions can be expensive. And let’s face it – no one wants to go out of their way for a 20-minute spray tanning session if they don’t have to.
You’re probably wondering what these machines are and what benefits they offer. We’ll cover all of this in our detailed guide, and give you some tips on how to buy a machine. Plus, we’ll give you the lowdown on which products to buy for pre- and post-tanning.
What is a Spray Tan Machine?
A spray tan machine is exactly what it sounds like – a machine that’s used to apply spray tan solution.
Unlike a tanning bed, these machines are small, and, in my opinion, resemble a canister vacuum cleaner look-wise.
There’s an included canister that holds the tanning solution is as well as a hose that attaches to the spring gun. Most models come equipped with an HVLP gun, which is similar to what’s used when painting homes or cars. It produces a very fine mist, which is exactly what you want when applying a spray tan.
The finer the mist, the more even the coverage – and the better the tan.
The canister may also have a series of buttons that allow you to control the spray feature. These controls may vary with each model, but most do have some control mechanism on the canister itself.
Now that you know what a spray tan machine is, you may be wondering why you would bother buying one. What are the benefits of having your own machine?
The Benefits of Spray Tanning
There are many benefits to having your own spray tan machine:
Saves You Money
The first and most obvious benefit is that a spray tan machine can save you money in the long run. Spray tan sessions regularly go for $50 a session, so you can easily spend more than the cost of the machine in less than a year.
And if you do spray tanning more often, you’ll save even more by having your own machine.
Once you have the machine, the only extra expense you’ll have is the tanning solution, and many times, bottles can last 6 months to one year. I like Home Spray Tan’s solution, which runs about $109.00 for a 1 litre bottle – but that bottle will last 24 sessions. That’s a great value, and far more affordable than spending money at the tanning salon.
There’s nothing more convenient than having your own machine. You’ll never have to travel to a salon, book appointments or deal with traffic. Anytime you need to reapply the tanning solution, all you have to do is pull out your machine and get started.
It doesn’t get more convenient than that.
And if you’re worried about the process being difficult, don’t be. These machines are so easy to use.
Easy to Use
Using the machine is as simple as filling up the spray gun canister, attaching the hose and choosing the right pressure setting.
It couldn’t be easier to apply a spray tan yourself using one of these convenient machines.
These machines also give you the opportunity to customize your color. You’re in control of how much solution you use and how often you “tan.”
If you want a light sun-kissed look, you can achieve it with the right application technique and solution. Simply put, you have the power to create the exact look you want.
If you go to a salon, you’ll be relying on the technician’s judgment of how much and where to apply the solution.
Safer than a Tanning Bed
With spray, or artificial, tans, you have the option of choosing high quality solutions – some organic – that not only give you a sun-kissed glow, but improve your skin’s texture and quality as well. Higher quality solutions come with the added benefit of using gentle ingredients, which is especially important if you have sensitive skin.
Potential to Make Money
One benefit that you may not have considered is that a spray tan machine can possibly earn you money. Depending on where you are and your local laws, you may have the option of selling your own spray tanning sessions, and making side income that will pay for the machine in just a few weeks.
How to Buy the Best Spray Tan Machine
You’re ready to buy a spray tan machine. Which model do you choose? There are several things you need to consider when evaluating each model.
One of the most important things to consider is the nozzle, or the spray gun that’s attached to the hose of the machine. You want a nozzle that provides a very fine mist. The finer the mist is, the easier it is to ensure that you get a consistent, even tan.
HVLP guns are great options, but you’ll also find some other manufacturers that have developed their own unique guns for spray tanning purposes. These are often the better option as they’re developed specifically for this purpose.
I do want to note that you should never buy a machine with a gun that was not designed for spray tanning. Some of these machines are lubricated with oil, which you do not want to spray on your skin. In some cases, the nozzles on these machines also spray unevenly. The last thing you want is an uneven tan.
So, pay attention to the nozzle, and choose wisely.
Transportability and Noise Level
Most machines are easily portable, but some aren’t. Ideally, you’ll choose a machine that’s easy to move around and doesn’t generate too much noise. The larger and louder the machine is, the less likely you are to use it.
Quality Customer Service
Spray tan machines require an investment, and no one wants to throw money away. That’s why it’s important to buy from a company that offers excellent customer service and a good return policy. Ensuring that your product has a warranty will also give you added peace of mind in knowing that if a part breaks, you can have it replaced or repaired at no cost to you.
Spray Tan Tips and Tricks
Getting the best possible tan will take some practice, but I do have some tips and tricks that will help you get the right consistency, coverage and color.
Treating your skin before and after each session will ensure the best, longest-lasting spray tan possible. Exfoliating is key. It will get rid of any dead skin cells that might make your tan uneven.
There are a few ways you can exfoliate. Some loofas can act as an exfoliator, and you can also purchase exfoliating body washes. I prefer using an exfoliating glove (like this one from Home Spray Tan) because it makes it the entire process ten times easier.
Invest in a Good Moisturiser
One of the best ways to preserve your tan is to keep your skin well-hydrated. A quality moisturiser (I like Oztan Kakadu’s Plum Body Moisturiser) can extend your tan’s life for weeks or months longer than usual.
Have a Tan Remover on Hand
Accidents can and do happen when applying spray tan. Make sure that you have a good quality tan remover (like this one) on hand. This way, if you accidentally wind up with tan palms or extra solution on your ankles, you can easily remove it.
Spray tan machines are a great investment if you spray tan often. Our guide will help you find the right machine for your needs, so you can enjoy that bronzed look you love all year long.