Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Airbrush Tanning?
The body is gently airbrushed with a gentle spray mist, using a UV free sunless tanning solution. The active ingredient in the solution is a colorless sugar, which has been FDA approved for more than 30 years, which naturally darkens the skin. This special formula works by interacting with the natural amino acids in the dead surface cells found in the outermost layer of the skin. This produces a color change, which resembles a UV based tan. As the dead skin cells gradually wear off, the color slowly fades, just like a genuine sun tan. This does not cause damage to the underlying living layers of skin.
- Is it safe?
The active ingredient DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) has been approved for cosmetic applications for 30 years. Most Sunless and bronzing tanning lotions use DHA. People who have DHA allergies should test their skin first before using.
- How long will my sunless tanning session take?
It takes about 20 to 30 minutes for the entire process to be completed. The first 10 minutes cover application of the tanning solution to your skin. It takes approximately 5 to 10 more minutes for complete drying. How should I prepare for my sunless tanning session? Exfoliate your body, and shower before your session. Mixing of sugar or baking soda with your choice of body gel works well to exfoliate your skin perfectly. Make sure that there are no oils, lotions, perfumes, or make up on your skin.
- What should I do after my session?
Wear loose-fitting, dark clothing, for at least 6 hours. Do not shower, work out, or do any activity that causes sweating for the same period of time. This allows the solution optimal time to react with the amino acids in the skin, encouraging a smooth even tan.
- How long will it last?
Your radiant tan typically lasts 5 to 7 days. The immediate bronzer gives you an instant off the beach tone. The color intensifies rapidly, virtually doubling in the first 30 minutes. The intensity, essentially, doubles in the next four hours. Most of the bronzer washes off with your first bath or shower. The beautiful, natural looking, sunless tan, remains.
- How often do I need to do it?
Thats up to you. Once a week will give you color. Twice a week gets you quite dark. Some people want to be very dark, and do it even more often. We recommend that if you do tan weekly, that every 5 weeks you allow your skin to rest free for 10 days. This helps eliminate any old tan and prepares your skin for the new tan.
- Will I turn orange or streak?
No, you wont. This system is the most advanced sunless-tanning method on the market. Sunless tanning has come a long way from those old days. Streaking will occur if you do not follow the guidelines after your tanning session. No tight fitting clothing, no jeans, crossing of legs can leave an uneven tan. Sweating or getting wet will also cause an uneven tan. Please note that this is not the technicians fault, to have a tan fixed may result in an additional charge. Please follow all guidelines to prevent an uneven tan, we want you happy and mostly we want you to come back to us for your future tan!
- What about allergic reactions?
If you have hypersensitive skin, or are allergic to sunless-tanning products, please proceed with caution. You should check with your physician prior to using this or any other sunless tanning product. We have had very few reports of reactions of any sorts, but lets play it safe.
- Are there ways to enhance the results?
Using a high quality moisturizer frequently after the tanning session will help prolong the tan. You should not apply any moisturizers or lotions to the skin on the day of your session. Certain types of moisturizers or lotions applied during this period could cause streaking. Shimmer lotions, and cosmetic bronzers can all be applied to enhance your radiant tan.
- Can I tan in a UV tanning bed on the same day I get airbrushed?
A number of people have found that tanning with UV rays and the sunless tanning solution actually provides a better overall tan. Keljen’s encouraging avoiding these of UV tanning, due to the harmful effects. If you plan to do both, in the same day, we recommend that you tan in the tanning bed first. Clean all lotion, or perspiration from skin, before being airbrushed.
- I usually break out in freckles when I try to tan. Will the tanning solution make my freckles come out too?
There is nothing in the tanning solution that will cause more freckles to break out. In fact, in most cases, freckles and blemishes will become less pronounced because the lighter skin areas will darken and reduce the color differentiation between the blemishes and the rest of your skin. However if you have skin damage, you may noticed those areas could appear darker after your tanning session, due to the texture of those areas being rough. Using Vitamin A products help too eliminate those areas
- How many times do I need to airbrush tan to achieve the color I want?
You will be tan after one session, but it may take several sessions to achieve your desired color depth. Once you reach the color you desire, you should be able to maintain it by tanning every three to four days.
- How long do I have to wait after my session before I can shower?
We recommend that you wait at least 6 hours after tanning to give the solution enough time to fully set. Allowing product to develop on skin overnight is ideal. If you shower earlier, you may diminish the intensity of the tan. When you do shower, the initial tan created by the water-soluble bronzer will wash off, but your long-lasting sunless tan will remain.