How Exactly Does Airbrush Tanning Work?
So what exactly is the difference is between airbrush tanning and just going to a spray tan booth?
What are the benefits of airbrush tanning?
How does it work with my skin to give me a natural looking tan?
We will tell you!
Unlike automatic spray tanning booths, our solution is customized for your skin type and is applied by hand. Our solution is a very natural color, it will NEVER appear orange or fake. Since the tan is applied by hand, the chances of streaks and over-application that can lead to a not so great color are practically impossible unless you get wet or sweat before your first shower after your tan. More attention can be given to areas that have a tendency to react more with the DHA, such as dry areas of the elbows, knees, and feet.
The main ingredient in spray tanning solutions that produces your beautiful tan is Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This works by reacting to oxygen and skin protein, or amino acids, in the outer layer of your skin. This produces a very natural brown color without the harmful effects or damage of UV rays. In most cases your development of color will take anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. Your color will typically last between 5 to 10 days and start to fade as your dead skin naturally sheds. The length of your tan will depend on the how well you take care of your skin and how often you moisturize to prevent more shedding of your dead skin.
DHA is not absorbed into the skin but reacts with the dead skin cells in the top layer of the skin. Your skin constantly sheds these dead skin cells and that’s why an airbrush tan typically only lasts 5-10 days. Most of the time tanning solutions contain a bronzer, or color guide, that helps each technician apply the solution evenly. This bronzer is not a dye and is temporary. The bronzer gives an immediate golden color which washes off with the first shower. The DHA in the solution is what creates your tan after the 10-12 hour waiting period to shower.