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What is Airbrush Tanning?

How does Airbrush Tanning work?

Is it safe?

Why are Airbrush Tans better than Misting Booth Tans or Tanning Creams?

How long do Airbrush Tans last?

How long does it take to apply your Airbrush Tan?

How long does it take for an Airbrush Tan to develop?

What kind of results can you expect?


Which Tanning Solution is right for you?

How much Airbrush Solution
is used per spray tan?


What is the difference between the Home Spray Tan Kit & the Quick Application Tanning System?

Preparation before you Airbrush Tan

Airbrush Tan Procedure

Application Safety

Products that lighten/dull your Airbrush Tan

Can you tan with the sun or tanning bed with an Airbrush Tan?

Cleaning your Airbrush system

Troubleshooting

Further Questions

 

What is Airbrush Tanning?

Airbrush tanning is done using an air compressor and airbrush to apply tanning solution to give you the look of a tan that lasts up to a week.

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How does Airbrush Tanning work?

The active ingredient in most sunless tanning products is Dihyroxyacetone (DHA).  It is derived from a natural vegetable source such as sugar cane or sugar beets.  DHA is a colorless sugar that causes the proteins and amino acids in the outer layer of your skin to react with the oxygen in the air to produce a brownish color, creating the illusion of a tan.  You are not applying a dye to your skin.  You are causing your skin to develop a natural bronze color on its own through a chemical reaction. 

In addition to containing DHA, sunless tanning products contain an immediate bronzer.  While DHA develops a bronze color over time, the bronzer causes an immediate color on your skin.  The immediate bronzer is used to facilitate application, making it easier to see where you have spray tanned and where you have not.  The immediate bronzer lasts until you take a shower.  The color that remains is from the DHA. 

Sunless tanners do not protect your skin from the sun, so be sure to apply sunscreen regularly.

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Is it safe?

Yes.  DHA has been FDA approved for personal care use for over 20 years.  There are no harmful effects other than minor skin irritation for those who are allergic.  Allergies to DHA are rare.  It is not recommended for pregnant women to use DHA simply to err on the side of safety. 

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Why are Airbrush Tans better than Misting Booth Tans or Tanning Creams?

Airbrush Tanning uses a precision instrument a little larger than the size of a pen that allows for smooth, flawless application.  Special care can be taken on difficult areas, such as the feet, knees, elbows, hairline, and face.  Once an Airbrush Tanning kit is initially purchased, the cost of the tanning solution ends up being just over $3 per tan.   

Misting booths give you little control over where the misting tan ends up.  The results are often flawed and blotchy.  You usually are required to wear a shower cap, which can leave a strange tan line along your hairline.  Misting booth instructions can be complicated and difficult to follow.  They can call for convoluted movements and twists in order to get an all-over tan.  Finally, misting booth tans at the salon can be very expensive, ranging from $35 to $85 per application.

Tanning creams applied by hand often result in an uneven, unnatural tan.  They can leave your hands stained with a deep orange color or, if you wash your hands after applying, can leave your hands without any color, leaving you with an odd tan line at your wrists.  Streaky, blotchy color can also occur.  Although inexpensive individually, the cost of these tanning creams can add up when you are forced to buy brand after brand trying to find one that works.    

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How long do Airbrush Tans last?

Airbrush tans last around 5 to 7 days.  Like real tans, airbrush tans fade with time.  Moisturizing increases the life of your airbrush tan.  Try using our Bronzer Drops, boost the intensity of the immediate bronze color and aid in the exfoliation of your skin, resulting in a longer lasting tan.  Long showers decrease the life of your tan.   See the Products that lighten/dull your Airbrush Tan section for more information.

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How long does it take to apply your Airbrush Tan?

A complete airbrush tan all over your body takes about 20 minutes - -15 minutes to apply your airbrush tan and 5 minutes to dry.

If you use the Quick Application Tanning System, your application time can be cut to under 5 minutes.   

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How long does it take for an Airbrush Tan to develop?

An airbrush tan using the Tanning Solution with 8% DHA will fully develop over the course of 8 hours.  Wait 10 to 12 hours before showering. 

For those of you who need faster tanning results, you can purchase the Fast Acting Solution with either 10% or 12% DHA.  Full color develops within 4 hours.  This way you'll be ready for those spur of the moment events.    

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What kind of results can you expect?

The immediate bronzer will produce immediate color which will later wash off.  The DHA should result in a tan that is 1 to 2 shades darker.

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Which Tanning Solution is right for you?

8% DHA Tanning Solution is perfect for light skinned individuals who prefer a more subtle airbrush tan. 

10% or 12% DHA Tanning Solutions are for people who prefer a darker airbrush tan.  The 10% DHA Tanning Solution is best for light to medium skinned individuals, while the 12% DHA Tanning Solution is better for medium to dark skinned individuals.  Both the 10% and the 12% DHA Solutions will result in a fully developed tan in only 4 hours.

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How much Airbrush Tan solution is used per spray tan?

Approximately 2 to 4 ounces are used per spray tan.    

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What is the difference between the Home Spray Tan Kit & the Quick Application Tanning System?

The Quick Application Tanning System or Deluxe Quick Application Tanning System both contain the 300T quick application spray gun, which gives you a 4-5 inch spray pattern & can cut your application time to under 5 minutes.  These systems work particularly well for those that frequently do full body spray tans.  The Home Spray Tan Kit contains the H-model airbrush, which is easy to handle (as it is about the size of a pen) and works especially well for areas that take extra care, such as the face. 

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Preparation before you Airbrush Tan

Prior to your Airbrush Tan, exfoliate your skin, removing dead cells and body oils.  Remove any makeup, deodorants, and moisturizers, which all impede the Airbrush Tan. 

Airbrush Tan can rub off on clothing directly after your application.  Natural fibers and baggy clothes are best.  If color does rub off on your clothing, it usually does come off during a normal wash cycle.  Nylon, lycra, spandex, and wool have a greater chance of staining.     

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Airbrush Tan Procedure

Remove all makeup, deodorants, perfumes, and lotions.  You may choose to wear undergarments or a swim suit, giving you natural tan lines.  Tie back your hair.  Hands, feet, knees, belly buttons, ankles, nails, and elbows can sometimes turn out darker than other areas, so you may choose to apply a thick moisturizer such as body butter on these areas to lessen the tanning effects. 

It may help to have someone else apply the Airbrush Tan on you, especially on the hard to reach places. 

Take a normal stance with your legs slightly apart.  Use small circular motions while spraying the Airbrush.  In order to avoid darker spots, start moving the Airbrush in a circular motion before you actually begin spraying.  Stay about 6 inches from your body. 

Start at your ankle, working your way up your thigh.  Bend your knee when spraying it, tightening the skin.  Be careful not to spray too much on your knee.  Then do the back and sides of your leg.  Switch legs. 

Start spraying your torso at your bikini line.  Do the front and back of your torso and chest, moving up towards your neck.  Spray your buttocks, bending over in order to spray the underside.   

Spray your shoulders and neck. 

Spray the front and sides of one arm.  Completely finish one arm before moving to the other.  Spray lightly on your hands, bending your fingers in order to get your knuckles. 

Lightly spray the tops of your feet.  Be careful to not spray too much on your toes and the sides of your feet. 

Spray you face, starting with your forehead.  Close your eyes.  Hold your breath as you spray around the nose area.  Do not spray directly into your nose.  Spray the sides of your face and the lower section, paying attention to the jaw line and underneath your chin.

Go back and do any touchups on missing or lighter areas. 

If you make a mistake throughout the Airbrush Tanning process, simply pat gently with a paper towel or sponge.  Do not rub.   

Drying will take 5 to 10 minutes.  

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Application Safety

Airbrush tan is for external use only.  Do not spray your eyes and avoid breathing in the mist.  Airbrush tan in a ventilated room. 

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Products that lighten/dull your Airbrush Tan

Anti-acne products

Masks and scrubs

Anti-aging products

Hair removing products

Shaving with a dull razor

Excessive rubbing

Hot tubs

Chlorine

Bug sprays

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Can you tan with the sun or tanning bed with an Airbrush Tan?

Yes.  Airbrush Spray Tans offer no protection against ultraviolet rays, so be sure to apply sunscreen regularly.  Repeated exposure to UV rays and the sun causes cancer.  Furthermore, tanning dries out your skin, shortening the life of your Airbrush Tan.

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Cleaning Your Airbrush System

Use water to flush out and clean your Airbrush after using and after long periods of disuse.

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Troubleshooting

If your Airbrush Tan turns out too dark, there are several ways to lighten your tan:

Soak in warm water

Exfoliate

Use lemon juice

Use hydrogen peroxide

Use body hair bleach

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Further Questions    

Contact us with any further questions and we'd be glad to answer them. 

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