the original source How does airbrush tanning work?
Airbrush tanning is not a dye, its main active ingredient is a colorless 3-carbon sugar called Dihydroxyacetone (DHS). The DHA causes what is called a "Maillard Reaction" which is a chemical reaction with the proteins and amino acids in the outer layer of the skin (dead skin) to produce a golden brown color. DHA does not damage skin because it only affects the outermost cells of the epidermis.
read this post here Why should I invest in airbrush tanning over UV tanning?
It is extremely dangerous to expose your skin to UV rays that can lead to skin cancer. No tan is worth the affects cancer brings on your life. Airbrush tanning provides a UV free than and in addition moisturizes your skin leading to a healthy glow rather than unhealthy dry skin UV rays leaves behind. Even people with sensitive skin, or have a hard time tanning will find that airbrush tanning will benefit them in many ways.
It is also cost efficient because one application of airbrush tanning is equivalent to about 6 tanning sessions. It also doesn’t expose the skin to potential burns caused by the sun and tanning beds.
What’s the difference between an airbrush tan and a spray tan?
Airbrush tanning is more beneficial because it looks more natural, applies more even, and a technician is with you one-on-one applying and evenly distributing the solution. The technician can go over any missed or uneven spots like tan lines.
How do I prepare for my tan?
* For maximum results shower and exfoliate your body thoroughly. It's best to use an exfoliator (not containing oils or moisturizers), but if you don't have an exfoliator, a loofah or shower puff will do.
* Shave areas that you normally shave. Shaving is a form of exfoliator that can take off some of the tan so it is better to shave 8 hours prior. Sensitivity may occur if you shave right before, but if you’ve never had a problem before you should be fine.
* Avoid perfumes, lotions, oils, deodorants (may turn skin green), gels or any products on the skin that would create a barrier that would prevent the tanning spray from penetrating properly. This includes makeup.
* Wear or bring dark loose clothes and undergarments to wear after being sprayed. DHA has been found to react with wool, nylon, and silk so avoid wearing these fabrics during or immediately following the tanning session. If you tan at home the best is to not wear anything until your completely dry.
* Remove all jewelry and leave it off a few hours after the tan.
Post tan care?
Precautions to take after the tan are to avoid any exposure to water at least 8 hours after a tan (12 hours is ideal for the DHA to settle in), wear dark loose fitted clothes, and don’t wear jewelry.
How do I maintain my tan?
* Wait at least 8-12 hours before showering.
* Apply moisturizer morning and evening after your first post-tan shower. Then make sure to apply every day after.
* Avoid long, hot showers and excessive scrubbing of the skin. Pat your skin dry after showering.
* Chlorine in swimming pools and hot tubs can remove or shorten the longevity of your tan.
Can an airbrushed tan be removed?
The color produced by DHA does not wash off right away. Because DHA stains the upper layer of your skin, it simply fades as the upper layer wears away. You can try to speed the exfoliation process by gently scrubbing the skin with a washcloth or loofah sponge. DO NOT OVER SCRUB! Scrubbing can remove a lot but by doing so you will end up uneven and blotchy. It may take a week or more for the "tanned" skin to disappear.
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How long does a tan last?
Depending on a persons skin type and lifestyle, a tan usually last 5-7 days.