What is airbrush tanning?
In airbrush tanning, the tanning solution is applied by a technician using a compressor and airbrush. Airbrush tanning solutions contain an active ingredient, DHA, that reacts with the outer layer of skin, producing a bronzing effect. It must be emphasized that the pigments resulting from an airbrush tan DO NOT provide UV protection. The maximum generation of color is reached within about 6 hours, so the color will continue to darken after the initial application. Airbrush tanning solutions also typically have a normal bronzer that provides an immediate tan effect and helps the operator to distinguish areas of the skin that are applied and unapplied. Most of this added bronzer will come off in the first shower/bath after application.
How does the D.H.A. solution make your skin tan?
The D.H.A. solution causes the proteins in the outside layer of your skin to react with the oxygen in the air resulting in a bronzing effect. Here's the best way to understand this. When you take a bite out of an apple and set it down the fruit begins to turn brown after it is exposed to the air for a while. This is a very similar chemical reaction to what takes place with the D.H.A. and your skin after an airbrush session. So you can see that you are not applying a dye or color to your skin but rather creating a situation where your skin develops a beautiful natural bronze color on it's own through a natural chemical enhancement.
How long will an airbrush tan last?
It will start fading after 5-10 days but wont completely come off for about 2 weeks. This ultimately depends on how much your skin naturally exfoliates and how much you moisture your body! Everyone’s' skin tone is different, so in some cases it may last longer than 10 days.
How long does it take to apply?
A full body application will take approximately 5-8 minutes. Allow 5 minutes drying time, for a total airbrush session we should be in and out within about 20 minutes.
What should I wear to an airbrush tanning session?
Wear dark, loose fitting clothing to your tanning appointment. During your spray wear what your comfortable wearing, bathing suit, underwear, pasties, etc. The minimum I require is a thong. Allow 5 mins minutes drying time after your session before dressing.
How soon can I shower after an airbrush tan?
Allow 6-8 hours minimum after your tanning session before showering. Ideally, the DHA application needs about 6 hours to reach its peak. The longer you keep it on the darker you will continue to get.
Can I use airbrush tan if I'm pregnant?
Although the DHA is not harmful, you still must consult your doctor!
Why is airbrush tanning better than the common spray tan in a booth?
*Precise applied amounts, less on already tan areas to level out an existing tan *Customizable, can just do the face neck and arms, waist up or whole body, control less around the feet & elbows *More personalized *Technician is on control, not the clients meaning better results *Looks more natural *Can fix mistakes *Fades more realistically *Light smell *Lasts up to 5-10 days
Booth Spray Tan:
*Mistakes can not be fixed *May not come out evenly, especially around hands, feet, & elbows *Best for clients already with a base tan, not good for pale skin *Looks less natural *Can fade spotty *Very strong smell.