Almost everyone craves a beautiful, natural-looking, bronze skin that comes with having a nice tan. While lounging in the sun can bronze your skin, it carries the risk of UV damage. Not to mention the sun is not always available, or you may not have the time. That’s where airbrush tanning, a popular and effective form of sunless tanning, swoops in to save the day. With proper execution, airbrush tanning can reward you with beautifully bronzed skin in minutes without any risks whatsoever.
How Does Airbrush Tanning Work?
Hailed as the most efficient and healthy way to tan your skin, airbrush tanning is a UV-free process. It gives you all the benefits of a suntan minus the risk of skin disease and accelerated skin aging.
As the name suggests, airbrush tanning is a form of spray tanning that uses an airbrush instead of a spray gun. The process entails a skin technician applying a tanning solution on your skin with an airbrush, which allows for precise control. The entire process takes place in a spray booth and requires 15 to 20 minutes.
The tanning solution contains dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a harmless organic compound that reacts with the outermost layer of your skin, creating a bronze effect. Since DHA only reacts with the outer layer of your skin, this form of sunless tanning is safe and achieves a natural look.
Because DHA dissolves in water to form a colorless solution, most tanning solutions have added color for easier application. The addition of bronzers gives the solution a tan shade which helps to differentiate between applied and unapplied areas.
During your airbrush tanning session, a skin technician will evaluate your skin color to identify a shade that suits your skin tone.
How Long Does It Last?
An airbrush tan is designed to darken your skin after the first application and achieve maximum tan after 8 to 12 hours. Tanning solutions containing a bronzed finish give you an instant tan effect, but the bronzer will wash off after taking a shower.
After reaching the maximum tan color, an airbrush tan will last anywhere between 5 and 10 days. Since the DHA reacts with the outer layers of your skin, an airbrush tan only lasts until the skin sheds the dead cells. Your skincare routine also determines the durability of your tan. Ideally, you should wash your body with gentle soap and moisturize your skin after tanning.
An airbrush tan is an excellent way to get flawless tanned skin without spending hours under the sun. It’s perfect for people with delicate skin or anyone who wants an overnight tan. Airbrushing is an ideal way to cover your skin blemishes without pronounced streaks.