Pro Sunless Advice

Spray Tans and Sun Protection

The sun plays a big part in how our skin ages. UV exposure is proven to alter DNA, show premature signs of aging, damage the eyes, and of course, a more chronic condition, Cancer. The sun produces two types of ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) that work in specific ways. Both are absorbed, dispersed, and reflected by the skin.

What does the # in the SPF mean

The number following SPF represents the amount of time it would take the sun’s UV rays to redden your skin when using the product as directed in comparison to the amount of time without any sunscreen. For example, an SPF 30 would take 30 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing sunscreen. The FDA recommends using an SPF of 15 or higher and reapplying throughout the day.

It is important to remember that sunscreen will not protect you entirely, and spray tans do not act as sun protection. Spray tans do not prevent sunburns or sun damage. And they do not make suntanning easier or safer. Because Sjolie products do not contain any Sun Protection, it is crucial to continue your daily SPF regimen even with a spray tan! There are two primary forms of SPF, including physical and chemical sun protectants, available in lotion, cream, and spray forms. When shopping for sunscreen, look for:

+Mineral Based   + Reef-friendly   +Cruelty-Free   +SPF 30 or more

UVA: Ultraviolet Aging Rays. These long wavelengths penetrate the skin at deeper layers than UVB rays. UVA rays weaken collagen and elastin fibers which cause wrinkles and sagging of the skin.

UVB: Ultraviolet Burning Rays. Ultraviolet Burning Rays create bodily reactions such as burning, aging, and Cancer of the Skin. Penetration of these rays is not as deep as UVA rays, BUT they are more potent and damaging. These rays deliver more energy at a higher frequency making them more dangerous than the UVA. UVB rays are beneficial in small dosages as they contribute to Vitamin D production.

PHYSICAL SUNSCREENS contain mineral ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which work by sitting on the top of the skin and deflecting UV rays away from the skin (aka physical blockers). Physical sunscreens are also proven to be more forgiving on skin with a spray tan. Mineral-based SPFs are highly recommended for those using them in conjunction with a spray tan.

Benefits: Instant protection from the sun and no wait time needed once applied, protects from UVA and UVB rays, is less likely to be pore-clogging, and is beneficial for acne or sensitive skin types often considered reef safe.

Cons: Easy rub off, may sweat and rinse off quickly, can cause thick white lotion appearance on the skin, and be less protective if not applied generously and frequently.

CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS contain carbon-based compounds such as octinoxate, oxybenzone, and octisalate. Chemical sunscreens work to change UVA Rays into heat and release them from the skin in the form of heat.

Benefits: Thinner product makes for a more comfortable application, and less product is needed.

Cons: Requires 20 minutes to absorb and begin working to fight against UV rays and increases irritation for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin.

Sjolie Approved, Spray Tan Safe Sunscreens