Airbrush spray tanning
Bronzed and beautiful. Tanned and fit. Golden and glowing. You've heard it all. If you're going to look good, you need a healthy tan.
By now, we should all be aware of the dangers and risks of tanning beds. As nice as it is to feel glowy and tan, especially when it's not the summertime, it's not worth the horrors of skin cancer.
Despite warnings from dermatologists and cancer-prevention groups, many people still consider pale skin a fashion flaw. Sometimes it seems to come down to deciding which is worse: the health risks associated with tanning, or the social risks associated with fish-belly-white exposed skin.
With the growing awareness of health risks associated with exposure to both actual sunlight and ultraviolet tanning beds, new strategies have grown in popularity. One of the most popular ways to get a quick tan today is to spray on that golden glow.
Spray tans are a great alternative for people who want to get some color but don't want to hit the tanning bed or lay in the sun and risk their health. The risks of a spray tan are exponentially less serious. Usually, the worst thing that can come from a spray tan is turning orange from cheap products.
Spray Tans: When Your Tan Comes Out of a Can
If you've ever seen a sliced apple turn from white to brown, you've seen how spray-tanning products work on your skin. Natural chemicals cause the inside of the apple to turn brown when it's exposed to air. The naturally occurring chemical dihydroxyacetone, commonly known as DHA, does the same thing to your skin. DHA is the main ingredient in sunless tanning sprays. In fact, the Skin Cancer Foundation warns against using any sunless tanning product that does not list DHA as the active ingredient.
DHA is a colorless sugar derived from plants such as sugar beets. It has been used to treat medical problems such as skin-pigmentation disorders for more than 50 years. It's also been approved by the U.S. FDA for cosmetic use for decades. It was first used in a tanning product by Coppertone in the 1960s, although that early attempt tended to turn people orange. DHA products have improved since then, partly because the refining process is better.
DHA has an enzymatic reaction with the amino acids in the outer layer, or epidermis (stratum corneum), of the skin, causing the dead skin cells to turn temporarily dark. By contrast, the sun's rays and the UV lights used in tanning beds penetrate into the deepest layers of skin. That's why they cause lasting damage.
The effects of the DHA are temporary. You are constantly shedding dead skin cells, so within a few days, your "tan" will be gone. The best you can expect from spray tanning is color that lasts about a week. Many products advise a new application in three days to keep a "tan" current. Just as it takes the apple a while to turn brown, it can take several hours for the DHA to darken your skin. That's one reason some products also include a temporary dye or bronzing agent: Customers want to see immediate results. Unlike the darkening caused by DHA, the dye will wash off the first time you shower -- or "run" when you sweat. Another common ingredient in spray-tanning products today is erythrulose, also a natural sugar, which gets some credit for the more natural (not orange) color of newer spray-tanning products. Manufacturers also add botanicals, moisturizers and aloe vera to help the skin absorb the tanning solution quickly and avoid excessive dryness.
Sadly, your faux tan won’t last forever. The darker the spray tan, the longer, in theory, it should last on your skin, because it’ll contain a higher level of DHA, A light, subtle tan will last for roughly five days, a medium tan will last seven or eight days, and dark tan should be able to last for 10 days, Of course, that all depends on one thing (or, okay, about a trillion things, which I shall address below): How well you take care of your tan. And that includes prepping the right way and living your post-tan life the right away. Lucky for you, we are here to help you stretch that spray tan out a few days longer than usual, so you can spend two work weeks in the office looking like you spent them in Ibiza.
Self-tanning can get messy when left to your own devices, which is exactly why you may want to consider letting a professional handle your summer glow instead. But before you book your next spray tan appointment, there are a few things you need to know, like how to prep your skin the night before and how to maintain your tan long after you rinse off the guide color in the shower.
Spray Tan Pricing:
First Time Client - $30 (In Studio only)
Existing Clients - $35 (In Studio Only)
Mobile Tanning - $50 (On Location)
First Time Client - $30 (In Studio only,PSL Location)
Existing Clients - $40 (In Studio only,PSL Location)
Mobile Tanning- $55