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Spray Tanning Questions-Airbrush Tan FAQ

How does airbrush tanning work?

The main ingredient in airbrush tanning solution is called DHA, which stands for dihydroxyacetone. This DHA ingredient reacts with the protein in the outter most layer o9f skin and together that creates a brown color. Each airbrush tan solution contains different amounts of DHA.
 
airbrush tan before after
 
What is DHA?
DHA(Dihydroxyacetone) is derived from plant sources such as sugar, beets and sugar cane, by the fermentation of glycerin. It is not a new product, DHA has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over 34 years! However many new discoveries have been made in the last 8 years! They have discovered, by adding a small amount of erythrulose (a natural based keto-sugar) and lowering the concentration of DHA, that it almost entirely eliminates the unwanted "orange" appearance. 
 
How long will my air brush tan last?
Your airbrush tan will be it's darkest the first day and fade away each day as the skin is sloughed off during the normal process of the skin replacement cycle. It will remain visible for 3-5 days with care, and may last up to 14 days with extreme care. The rich, deep brown color will continually decrease with each shower/bath that you take.
 
Can an airbrush tan protect me from UVA and UVB rays?
NO! It does not. You should always wear sunscreen whenever you are exposed to sunlight.
 
What is the difference between being airbrushed and using cream or lotion sunless tanners at home?
A great analogy that I saw somwhere was comparing it to finger painting and airbrushing. Even using extreme care you could never get the same look from a "finger paint" as you would getting something airbrushed. However I am not by any means knocking bottled, at home sunless tanners because I, myself would say that I use more at home sunless tanning products than I do get a salon airbrush tan. The best though, in my opinion is a combination of both!
 
What is the difference between a spray tan and an airbrush tan?
This can get confusing because I think many people, myself included, refer to airbrush tanning as spray tanning. I guess the technical terminology is this: Spray tanning refers to a booth spray tan that is done solely automated by a machine. Airbrush Tanning is when a real person uses an actual airbrush machine(similar to what they use to airbrush your nails) and they can see where you might need more DHA solution sprayed and also can choose the right color solution for your skin type.
 
Will I be "Orange" ?
There is not one specific solution that is right for every skin tone. As discussed above in this topic, varying levels of DHA can create varying colors. Whatever tanning salon you use the salon staff will choose the correct tone of DHA formula that is right for you. 
 
 

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