FAQ

With a sunless airbrush tan, you get a customized glow that matches your skin tone. Instead of waiting multiple sessions to develop a base-tan and harmful side-effects, you can get safer and flattering results in just one session.

It’s important to note that a sunless airbrush tan is merely cosmetic and does not provide protection from the sun’s rays. Please protect your skin while outdoors.

How does spray tanning work?

The surface of your skin has built-in amino acids that safely combine with active ingredients in sunless tanning formulas. The active ingredient in most sunless tanning products is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone). This ingredient is derived from sugar, (much like those found in beets), and is 100 percent natural. It reacts with the outer layer of your skin to produce a golden brown color. DHA has undergone decades of dermatological testing and is proven safe. It’s the way to get gorgeous color without spending a minute under the harmful sun. When DHA is applied to the skin, it reacts with the amino acids in the skin to produce a tan, much like the sun does, but without UVA and UVB damage to the skin.

Have you ever seen an apple turn brown after biting into it? Your skin reacts the same way to sunless tanning! The DHA in apples is what causes apples to change color when exposed to the air- just like your skin would react to DHA in sunless tanning formulas.

The active ingredient in most sunless tanning lotions is dihydroxyacetone, also known as DHA. This ingredient is derived from sugar, 100 percent natural, and reacts with the outer layer of the skin to produce a golden brown tan color, just like an apple turns brown when it is exposed to the air. In fact, it is the DHA in apples that causes this reaction,” Dr. David Bank,  member of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Is it safe?

YES! According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective products available are sunless or self-tanning products that contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. DHA has been used in cosmetic preparations for almost 30 years and was listed with the FDA in 1973.

Skin Cancer Foundation‘s Dr. David Bank describes sunless tanning as the safest alternative to harmful ultraviolet tanning:

The active ingredient in most sunless tanning lotions is dihydroxyacetone, also known as DHA. This ingredient is derived from sugar, 100 percent natural, and reacts with the outer layer of the skin to produce a golden brown tan color, just like an apple turns brown when it is exposed to the air. In fact, it is the DHA in apples that causes this reaction,” Dr. David Bank,  member of the American Academy of Dermatology.

There is no clear evidence that DHA is harmful to humans if applied topically and used as directed. […], concentrations used in sunless tanning preparations are considered non-toxic and noncarcinogenic — I personally use these products and recommend them to my patients as a safe alternative to traditional tanning,” Dr. Melanie D.Palm,  founding Director of Art of Skin MD.

Why stick with sunless tanning?

What better way to protect your skin and still have that golden glow? In 15 minutes, you will have a body make-over and will instantly look refreshed and leaner. Save your skin the damage and stick with the alternative and inexpensive way to look and feel better!

  • Enhance your skin’s appearance with a golden glow
  • Camouflage cellulite and varicose veins
  • Look leaner and enhance muscle definition (with customized airbrush techniques)
  • Feel more confident about your appearance without the sun-damage guilt with a sunless tan

How long will sunless tanning last?

Depending on a person’s activities and skin type, the tan lasts approximately 5-7 days (up to 10 for some people). By avoiding over-exfoliating and products with high alcohol content, you can extend your tan even longer. There are several tips that help you prepare and extend your tan here. A sunless tan is not a long term commitment, so it is great to try for the first time!

What’s the difference between airbrush sunless tanning and over-the-counter self tanning lotions and sprays?

Imagine the difference between finger painting your car and using an airbrush to paint it. Even with the greatest of care, and help from a friend to get all the places you cannot reach, you can’t duplicate the even consistency and natural look of an airbrushed tan.

What’s the advantage of airbrush sunless tanning versus UV tanning?

Airbrush tanning is a safer sunless alternative form of tanning. People with sensitive skin or people who have a hard time tanning, be it natural or in tanning beds, will find this form of tanning very efficient and comforting. One application with airbrush tanning will be equivalent to approximately 6 tanning bed sessions, making the process cost effective and ultimately healthier. Airbrush tanning saves your skin from damage that’s caused by the sun and/or tanning beds.

What should I wear?

Appropriate attire is whatever you are comfortable with. In order to minimize tan lines, consult your airbrush technician for the best way to ensure your comfort level as well as results. Women may wear a bikini, cotton undergarments, or disposable undergarments. Attire for men is boxers, swim trunks or shorts. Your tanning specialist will use the utmost discretion. Loose fitting clothing should be worn for leaving the facility. Studies have found that DHA reacts with wool, nylon, and silk. These fabrics should not be worn during or immediately following your tanning session.

Think, Less is More! Do not apply make-up, lotions, or perfumes prior to your session. These all act as barriers, and may affect the reaction your skin will have with the product and the  overall  quality of your tan.

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