Airbrush tanning is becoming a popular, healthier alternative to tanning salons and traditional tanning, but many people still have questions about the process and the results. Here, Tambi Renee, founder and owner of Body Glo Mobile Airbrush Tanning, answers some of her prospective clients’ most frequently asked questions.
Is Airbrush Tanning Really Safe?
Yes, it is! Unlike traditional tanning, airbrush tanning involves no UV rays, which are the main cause of skin issues caused by tanning such as discoloration, sunburn, and skin cancer. Instead of UV rays, airbrush tanning uses DHA, an FDA-approved ingredient, to turn the skin a deep golden brown color.
Will Airbrush Tanning Turn My Skin Orange?
Unfortunately, most consumers think of at-home tanning sprays and lotions when they think about airbrush tanning, and link airbrush tanning with the orange hue that those products are known for. Professional airbrush tanning is in a completely different realm. Because professional airbrush technicians use only high quality products and methods, your skin will not turn orange after an airbrush tan.
How Long Will My Tan Last?
It depends, but most clients’ tans last from 4 or 5 days up to two weeks. Your skin, activity level, and other products you use all factor into how long your tan will last.
How Can I Keep My Tan Looking Great?
Avoid products that contain exfoliating ingredients, wait at least 8 hours before showering or swimming after your tan application, and if you shave after your tan, make sure to use a sharp razor. When you swim after your tan, make sure to use a waterproof sunscreen to avoid additional wear on your tan.
Will Airbrush Tanning Protect My Skin?
No, airbrush tanning products do not contain any sun-blocking compounds. If you spend a significant amount of time in the sun with an airbrush tan, remember to apply sunscreen with a high SPF!
How Can I Prepare for My Airbrush Tanning Appointment?
Before your appointment, shower thoroughly and exfoliate to remove any lotions or makeups that might keep the airbrush solution from reaching your skin. Wear whatever you’re comfortable with for your appointment that will minimize your tan lines. If you are not wearing other nail polish, consider applying a clear coat to avoid picking up any color on your nails or nail beds, or ask your technician about creams you can use to protect your nails. If you plan to shave before your appointment, do so at least 8 hours beforehand.
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