Airbrush tanning, is an alternative to tanning using the sun or artificial UV light. Airbrush tanning has become especially popular in the last two decades due to a rise in airbrushing tanning technology and the increasing affordability of a professional airbrush tan compared to the costs associated with UV light tanning booths. If you have never gone airbrush tanning before, there are a few things you should know about the process that will help you understand how they work as well as why they are great alternatives to UV tanning. The following are 3 things you definitely need to know about airbrush tanning.
Airbrush tanning doesn’t use UV rays
Intentional tanning is nothing new; in the past, intentional tanning was typically done in one of two ways: by deliberately exposing yourself to the sun for periods of time to achieve a tan, or by using a tanning booth to expose your skin to artificial UV light which produces the same effects as the UV rays from the sun. However, exposure to UV light can potentially damage your skin or even possibly lead to certain health problems. Airbrush tanning doesn’t use UV rays to achieve a tanned look; instead, it uses a chemical called DHA which is FDA approved as safe for the skin although precautions should still be taken when exposed to DHA fumes. Professional salons will help prevent DHA fume exposure by ensuring their airbrush tanning areas are well ventilated.
You should remember, however, that an airbrush tan does not protect your skin from the sun—you should still wear sunscreen when you go outside and avoid long exposure to harsh sunlight.
They are great for even, consistent coverage
It’s difficult to get a perfectly even tan when you’re using artificial light or you’re using tanning lotions and creams. Airbrush tanning, on the other hand, is much more ideal when it comes to achieving a great looking, even tan. This is true whether you are getting an airbrush tan from a tanning specialist or you are getting airbrushed from an automatic booth, which will often use multiple sprayers and require you to turn around at certain moments to ensure that your entire body gets an even tan.
They last a shorter amount of time than other types of tans
Although spray tans are considered great alternatives to UV light tanning, they do last a shorter amount of time than a UV light based tan. The reason for this is that the spray tan is absorbed into the skin, but this color begins to fade over time as you show and as your skin exfoliates naturally. Certain factors can also make your airbrush tan fade faster, including but not limited to: exposure to water shortly after you get your spray tan; exposure to chlorine in pools after you get a spray tan; and exfoliating or shaving your skin regularly after you get a spray tan. You should avoid these actions as much as possible to prolong the life of your airbrush tan.