Airbrush tanning, also known as spray tanning, is a method of artificially tanning the skin without the use of UV rays. It involves spraying a mist of tanning solution onto the body using an airbrush spray gun. The solution contains the active ingredient dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which interacts with amino acids on the skin's surface to temporarily darken the skin.
Unlike traditional tanning beds and booths that emit UV radiation to induce tanning, airbrush tanning does not expose the skin to harmful rays. The person receiving the spray tan typically stands in a pop-up spray tent or booth during the session. The technician then uses the airbrush gun to evenly coat the body with mist passes over the entire body. The whole process takes about 10-15 minutes.
Airbrush tanning provides an alternative way to achieve the tanned look without the risks associated with UV tanning methods. The resulting tan looks natural but only lasts about 5-10 days as the DHA color fades. This makes it a temporary solution that requires reapplication every 1-2 weeks to maintain the bronzed look. The easy, quick application in a spray tent makes it an convenient option for those seeking a safe artificial tan.
Benefits of Airbrush Tanning
Airbrush tanning provides a number of benefits over traditional tanning methods. First, it allows you to achieve a sun-kissed glow without any exposure to UV rays from the sun or tanning beds. This makes it a much healthier option than laying out in the sun or using UV tanning beds, both of which damage the skin and increase skin cancer risk.
Airbrush tans also tend to look more natural and even than self-tanning lotions. The fine mist covers the body more evenly, and technicians can customize the color and intensity based on your preference. The tanning solution is designed to blend and fade naturally just like a real tan. This avoids the unnatural orange tone or streaky application that sometimes occurs with self-tanners.
Additionally, the results from airbrush tanning last longer than self-tanning lotions. Technicians recommend touch-ups every 5 to 10 days to maintain optimal color, whereas self-tanners typically fade after just a few days. The airbrush provides better penetration and more even application for longer-lasting color.
Overall, airbrush tanning allows you to safely achieve a natural-looking, customizable glow. It provides excellent color payoff and fades beautifully over time. When done properly by a trained technician, it's a much healthier alternative to UV tanning methods