Spray Tanning

The Basics of Airbrush Spray Tanning

Let’s start at the beginning.

Spray tanning is a form of self tanning (or sunless tanning) where a fine mist is sprayed onto your body.

This mist has an ingredient in it called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) that interacts with your own skin’s chemistry to turn it tan, or bronze.

This temporary effect generally lasts from 3-7 days and is completely safe for your skin (although it doesn’t provide any protection against the sun’s rays).

The results you can get from tanning sprays are generally very good. Many celebrities and models prefer spray tanning to just about anything else to get the color they want.

Now, the mist can be sprayed from a variety of ‘devices’.

First, you can go to a tanning or beauty salon and have it applied in a booth.

These specially-designed booths have several nozzles or jets that spray your entire body with the spray tanning solution.

Second, a spray tan can be administered with a airbrush or airgun as they’re called.

These look similar to a paint gun that painters use on your house!

They tend to be smaller and more mobile (obviously) than a booth.

Last, you can get a spray tan from a bottle.

There are lots of companies that make spray tanning products that have the same ingredients you’ll find in a salon or airbrush gun.

Before Your Spray Tan
  • Shower, Exfoliate, Shave – come to session with dry, clean skin.
  • Remove moisturizer, body lotion, perfume, deodorant and makeup.
  • Wear dark, loose-fitting clothing, bathing suit, loose socks or flip-flops.
  • Do not wear white clothing or tight clothing.
  • Avoid waxing, dermabrasion, facials within 24 hours before treatment.
  • Have a manicure or pedicure before treatment.
After Your Spray Tan
  • Avoid showering, sweating and exposure to water for first 12 hours.
  • Do not wear white clothing for at least 24 hours.
  • Do not wear super tight clothing.
  • Moisturize entire body twice daily for at least one week with an alcohol free moisturizer
  • Avoid Jacuzzis,steam rooms, chlorine, and very long hot showers.

*Your Spray tan can last approximately 7 to 10 days depending on how well you maintain your skin by moisturizing daily and following the guidelines above.