Tanning FAQ

How long does airbrush tanning last?

Short Answer: one week. However many factors can effect exactly how long it lasts. Basically the top layer of skin, is stained by the solution. Your skin is constantly shedding, so how fast your skin sheds, and what stage your skin is in, in the shedding process will effect how long this lasts. How quickly your skin sheds can depend on what type of soap you use, what moisturizer, your hormones, and your age. So some of you may end up with a tan that lasts 2 weeks, and for some it may only last 5 days. Most people seem to have a tan for 1 week. To maximize the length of the tan moisturize daily and do not scrub your skin, and use a gentle natural shower gel. You can also use a tan extender (available at Bronze and Beauty) or a gradual tanner to refresh your tan towards the end of the week.

What is airbrush tanning?

Airbrush tanning is an artificial tan that is sprayed, through an airbrush gun on to your skin by a technician. The very top layer of skin reacts with the tanning agent, and gradually darkens it. The process is a little bit like spray painting, but the airbrush delivers a super fine mist, and gives the technician superb control over speed and flow to insure you have an even, natural looking tan. It has much better results than the spray booths, where a machine sprays a mist into an enclosed booth. It is a much more comfortable experience, with superior results.

Will the tan stain my clothes?

Until you shower, yes, after that no. The tan solution contains a cosmetic bronzer, so that you look tan instantly, but the real tan takes 6 hours to develop and the bronzer washes off in the shower. The bronzer can rub off on your clothes, so it is important to keep this in mind when you choose clothes to wear the first day. Choose loose fitting, dark clothing, or old clothing. It will not rub off after your shower (as long as you wash all the bronzer off)

Can I tan if I'm pregnant or nursing?

If you have your doctor’s permission.

Will I be orange?

No. The orange color that some people have after sunless tanning is caused by cheap solution or solution that is too dark for their skin. I only use the highest quality product that produces a beautiful bronze color. I suggest that most people start with a medium color of tan, to see how well their skin takes it before moving to a darker color.

Will the airbrush tan stain my artificial or natural nails?

It’s not likely. If you want to be sure just apply lotion or cuticle oil to your nails and cuticles before tanning, then wipe off nails after tanning with a damp tissue. If you have nail polish, the chance of staining is very low.

Can I get an airbrush tan after body or face waxing?

Generally yes. It is best to wait a day. Do not wax after your tan until it completely fades. Waxing will lift off the tan.

If I shave my legs will the tan come off?

Since the airbrush tan stains only the top layer of skin, and shaving removes some of that, yes. The shaving cream also exfoliates the skin. You will still be somewhat tanned, but it will be a lot lighter. I suggest using a tan extender (available at Bronze & Beauty), or a gradual self tanner after shaving to give the color a boost. Be sure to shave your legs before your airbrush tan.

Do I need several airbrush tans to build up a tan?

Usually one application will do the trick! With custom colors available, in one treatment you can have a tan that looks anywhere from a slightly sun-kissed, to a “laid on the beach for 2 weeks straight” type of tan. If you have never used self tanners your skin may need a couple applications in order to learn to react with the solution. If you do not get deep enough the first time, Bronze and Beauty will add more color with in 48 hours for you for free.

How does airbrush tanning work?

There are two skin darkening ingredients in self tanners. DHA and Erythrulose.

DHA is a colorless chemical (it is derived from glycerin) that interacts with the amino acids in dead skin cells to produce a brown color change. Since these dead skin cells are constantly being shed, the color change produced by DHA usually lasts about seven days.

DHA is not absorbed through the skin into the body and it has no known toxicity. DHA was first discovered by the Germans in the late 1920’s when DHA spilled on the skin produced a brown color. DHA has been listed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1973, and has been used in cosmetic preparations for almost 30 years.

Erythrulose is a natural based keto-sugar which reacts with the amino acids in the keratin protein on the outer or dead surface layer of the skin. (the stratum corneum layer of the epidermis) This non-toxic reaction produces a temporary browning effect similar to the Maillard reaction. This is not a stain or dye, but rather a chemical reaction that produces a color change on all treated skin. The reaction is similar to the browning effect seen when a cut apple slice is exposed to oxygen.

Erythrulose and dihydroxyacetone (DHA) are very similar in composition, and both react much the same way on the skin surface. Erythrulose produces a lighter and slower developing tan, taking 24 to 48 hours to complete development. When used alone, it fades faster than a DHA based sunless tan. Some people feel the final tone of erythrulose is slightly redder, and less bronze, than the DHA based tan. It may be less drying to the skin surface, helping provide a smoother fading tint. When combined with DHA, the resulting sunless tan is said to last longer, fade better, and provide a more cosmetically pleasing color tone. In sunless tanning products, it is incorporated at 1% to 3% levels.