Organic Airbrush Tanning

What is an airbrush tan?

A sunless tanner contains the ingredient DHA (dihydroxyacetone) that reacts with the outer layer of the skin turning it a brownish tan color. When dissolved in water, DHA produces a colorless solution. Many self tanners have bronzers added so that the product goes on with a tan shade. The addition of color also makes application easier, since applied and un-applied areas are distinct. Since the sunless tan is on the outer layers of skin, it lasts until these skin cells shed in the normal exfoliating cycle. A fully developed sunless tan will typically take 6-12 hours depending on formulation.

How long does it take?

With practice, a single application can take as little as 5 minutes or so. Factor in the drying time of about 5 minutes, and you can average a total time of about 15-20 minutes for an airbrush session.

How long does it last?

A typical tan lasts from a 4-10 day period depending on the aftercare attention and the general nature of a specific person's skin. It is recommended to only get a tan on average about once per week.

‚ÄčBefore your spray tanning session

  • Do exfoliate 24 hours before getting a spray tan to ensure an even application. Exfoliation sloughs away the dead skin cells, which will help achieve the longest-lasting tan possible. Use a water-based exfoliating scrub rather than an oil-based one. Oils may interfere with the spray tanning solution from developing properly.

  • Don't apply any moisturizer, deodorant, perfume or other beauty products before your tanning appointment. They may also inhibit the quality of your tan.

  • Do shave or wax the evening before your spray tanning session. If you shave after you get your spray tan, it will exfoliate the skin and affect the tanning results.

  • Don't wear any jewelry or makeup to your tanning session. Pull your hair up and off your face and neck.

  • Do wear a swimsuit, thong or underwear -- whatever makes you feel comfortable.

  • Do ask the technician questions before your session begins. He/she will guide you on how to position yourself to achieve optimal results.

After your spray tanning session

  • Do wear loose clothing and flip flops when you leave the tanning salon. Ditch your bra for at least six hours.

  • Don't take a shower (or get wet for any other reason) for the first 24 hours after receiving a spray tan. Water contact will stop the tanning process.

  • Don't exercise for the first 24 hours. Sweat will cause your tan to streak.

  • Don't book any hair or nail appointments for 48 hours after your tanning session.

  • Don't use soaps and other body products that contain parabens, glycolic alpha hydroxy acids or sodium lauryl sulfates -- they will fade your tan more quickly. Don't use a loofah, puff or wash cloth.

  • Do moisturize every day -- morning and night. Also use a moisturizing soap-free body wash to extend the life of your tan.

  • Do use a tan extender to reduce patchiness and extend the life of your tan. Use a product that contains a light DHA bronzer.