Frequently Asked Questions About Airbrush Tanning (Also known as Spray Tanning)
How Does Spray Tanning Work?
The solution used in spray tanning is called Dihydroxyacetone or DHA. DHA is a colorless sugar that interacts with the skin cells located in the stratum corneum of the epidermis (the upper and outermost layer of your skin). As the sugar interacts with the dead skin cells, a color change occurs. This change usually lasts about five to seven days from the initial application. DHA has been in use since the 60s when it was first approved for cosmetic application by the Food and Drug Administration.
Is the DHA Solutions safe?
Absolutely! The DHA solution used at Blow Beauty Bar is 100% organic, oil-free, alcohol-free, frangrance-free, vegan, and approved by PETA. With your approval we add a scented essential oil for a moisturizing and fragrance effect.
Why will my spray tan only last seven to ten days?
Every day, millions of dead skin cells are sloughed off or worn away from the surface of your skin. This is the same area where the solution interacts with your skin to create the tanning effect. Every 35 to 45 days, you have an entirely new epidermis. This is why tans from sunless or self-tanning lotions will gradually fade – as the dead cells are worn away, so is your tan. The more you moisturize the longer your tan will last.
What can I do to extend the life of my tan?
You can extend the life of your tan by up to a few days by using a tan extendor product. These are moisturizers that help reduce the sloughing of dry and/or dead skin skin cells. If you have dry skin these products are especially recommended.
I have sensitive skin. Can I be spray tanned?
If you have skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis is is best to perform a patch test before deciding to be spray tanned. We can perform a patch test for you and will do so if you have specific skin conditions. If we find that you can be spray tanned, it is important to apply a lot of moisturizer as part of your aftercare regime as the solution can have a drying effect on your skin.
Is the color instant?
Yes. The solutions we use have a bronzing color agent in the blend so that we can see where we are spraying. This will insure even color all over your body. The agent will wash off with your first shower however the DHA will be developing underneath the bronzer over the next 8 to10 hours. The longer you can go without showering (up to 10 hours) the more time your tan will have to fully develop.
How long does it take to be spray tanned?
We use a High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) turbine unit to do your spray tan. Think of a vaccum cleaner in reverse. We can do a tan in about 15 minutes however we usually take 15 to 20 minutes to be sure that your tan is completed thoroughly. The time it takes for you enter our location, disrobe, have a consultation, spray tan, dry, and re-dress is about 30 minutes.
Will be spray tanned feel sticky?
You will be aware that you have just been spray tanned but you will not feel sticky. Within an hour or two your skin should feel quite normal. If you have been sprayed with a moisturizer or anti-aging additive your skin will feel better than before you came in!
How long do I have to wait to exercise or shower?
If you opt for our Rapid Tan formula you will be able to shower in 1 or 2 hours.
With our regular formula, most of the DHA reaction time occurs within the first 5 to 8 hours after the application however the tan can continue to develop up to 8 to 12 hours after the application. Normally, the longer you wait the better. The longer the time before you shower or work out the longer you will hold the tan.
How often should I moisturize after being spray tanned?
The more the better. A good moisturizer will deliver water to the skin very effectively and keep it in the skin for as long as possible. If you don’t moisturize your skin after being spray tanned, your skin will dry out and exfoliate quickly removing your tan. Your tan will also come to appear more patchy.
Do I need to apply sun protection with my spray tan?
ABSOLUTELY! There is no SPF protection in any of the solutions on the market today. Just because your skin looks tanned does not mean that your skin is protected from harmful UV rays. You can still get sun-burned if you do not apply any protection.
Do I have to remove body hair before being spray tanned?
It is adviseable to shave or wax at least 8 hours BEFORE bein spray tanned. Both remove the top layer of the skin and opens your pores. Spray tanning right afterwards can clog your pores and give the appearance of freckle spots where you have shaved or waxed.
If you shave or wax after your spray tan you will accelerate the exfoliating process and reduce the life of your tan. You can also exfoliate the tan unevenly giving a patchy or streaky look. If you must shave use a very sharp razor applied lightly so you remove only the hairs – not the tan.
What do I wear for my spray tan service?
During the spray tan you can wear as little as you are comfortable with. Our staff is very professional and discrete. If you wear a bathing suit it should be dark and form fitting.
After your spray tan you should wear loose, dark cotton clothing with slip on shoes so as not to leave any marks or rub the spray tan off your skin. You should also not reapply jewelry as it can scratch the tan.
Can I apply makeup right after a spray tan?
You can apply a light coverage of makeup after being spray tanned but if you wash and rinse it at all before waiting the 10 to 12 hours you will stop the tan from developing anymore. Spray tanning the face is a choice. If you choose to do your face we recommend getting only a light spray applied. It’s easier to blend makeup on a lighter face than to lighten up a tanned face and still look natural.
How long does a spray tan last?
It really depends on your skin type, the solution used, and the length of time between the application and the first shower. Most will last 5 to 7 days but can be extended up to 10 days if using and extender and following the proper aftercare instructions.
If you want to keep your tanned look it is recommended to get a spray once a week and apply a moisturizer daily to maintain the tan.
If I have a dark spray tan will it last longer?
No. Only moisturizers and tan extenders can extend the life of your tan.
Will being spray tanned cause my skin to look orange?
There are two main factors that can cause the orange undertones that you see with spray tanning. First is too much DHA applied to your skin. Either there were too many applications or too high a concentration of DHA in a single application. The other factor is the balance of your skin’s PH level.
A true professional knows how to identify and prevent these combinations from occuring with your tan. We offer a No Orange hue guarantee with each of our services. A spray tan should not go orange if applied correctly. We also custom blend our solution to match the right skin tones. A fair person would receive a solution that is completely different from someone with olive skin.
Do people with body hair develop an uneven tan where the hair is present?
No! The spray tan solution mist can penetrate past the hair to achieve the same result as spraying someone without hair.
Will the spray tan dry out my skin?
Most spray tan solutions have a minimal percentage of pure alcohol or drying perservative in th blend. As long as you regularly apply moisturizer while maintaining your spray tan it will not dry out your skin.
I have excessively dry skin. Can I be spray tanned?
Yes! You will have to do a few extra steps but you can still achieve and maintain your spray tanned look. You should exfoliate your skin for three successive days before getting spray tanned. After being spray tanned you should moisturize twice daily to slow down your skins exfoliation process.
How far in advance should I spray tan before attending a special event?
If you are attending a wedding, party, or other special event you should be spray tanned one or two evenings before the actual event. You should wait at least 36 hours before the event – this allows time for the tan to fully activate and settle. You also have at least two showers to remove bronzers that may be left on the skin so as not to stain your garment for the event.
I sweat easily. I do I avoid uneven sweat lines?
Sweat and water (including rain) will immediately hault the tanning development process. To diminish excessive sweating you need to exfoliate your skin before getting your spray tan. Try to avoid spray tanning on a hot day. We also have “Wet One” wipes to use over your body before the spray tan application.
You can also use talcum powder where you are likely to sweat once your spray tan application is dry. It is also recommended to wear dark, loose cotton clothing.