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The best over the counter and Amazon sunscreens to use after a spray tan...
Summer is just around the corner, we are now pulling out shorts and dresses from our closet. It's a fantastic time to give our white, pale winter skin a glow with a spray tan. You book your spray tan with a Beauty Door Pro professional and now you think about how to maintain and protect your tan while being exposed to the sun. I always get the call after about "What Sunscreen should I buy"???
My usual answer is:
Choose an oil free sunscreen lotion (that way it won't strip down your spray tan).
Stay away from the aerosol or spray on sunblock because they don’t go on evenly, contain alcohol that can dry your tan out making it fade unevenly
Use a sunscreen with the FDA recommend of no lower than SPF 30 and not higher than 50.
Sounds pretty easy to choose a sunscreen, until you get to the store or (Amazon) and see all 10 million sunscreen bottles and think how can I choose just one tube in an isle of brown and orange SPF containers.
So I decided to pull together a few of my favorite sunscreens to use after your spray tan...
But, first thing first...
A spray tan does NOT provide you with ANY sun protection so please please wear your sunscreen!
Let me explain how sunscreen works.
They either reflect the sun’s harmful rays away from our skin or they absorb the rays and break them down releasing them as heat so they are not absorbed into our skin.
The SPF rating of any given sunscreen tells you what fraction of the sun’s rays will reach your skin.
Beauty Door Pro recommends that you always use a sunscreen with an SPF rating no lower than 30 and no higher than 50. Our recommendation is in line with that of the FDA. That may sound high when you want to get a tan, but remember that you’ll be doing it gradually to protect your skin as you will already have a tan (spray tan that is).
When sunscreen is properly applied, this chart explains how much coverage you get from UVB Protection. Example: If you are wearing a sunscreen with SPF 50 then 1/50th of the sun’s rays will reach your skin.
I prefer the most natural sunscreens because why would you want to put all these chemicals in your skin... But I have included both natural and regular sunscreens that are safe to use with a spray tan.
This sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection through its active ingredient zinc oxide (22.5%). It is the ideal option for protecting your skin while you’re tanning as it is effective yet gentle enough for daily use and consistent reapplication.