Airbrush Tanning 101
The solution used for our airbrush tans is made up of 2 active ingredients: dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which is made from fermented sugar, and Erythrulose, which comes from raspberries. The active ingredients in the solution cause a chemical reaction with the starches in the outermost layer of the skin which is similar to what happens when a sliced apple turns brown. DHA & Erythrulose are approved by the Food and Drug Administration for external use as an airbrush tanning agent.
Airbrush tanning solution may be applied to the skin with gun a that looks similar to a paint-spraying gun. The DHA is added to the gun, along with the rest of the solution for the airbrush tan. The gun diffuses the solution into tiny particles that are aimed at the skin to cover it completely and evenly. The solution dries within 10-20 minutes, and within six to eight hours the color appears as it alters the color of the skin.
The DHA interacts with the outer layer of dead cells on your skin. The average person sheds this layer of skin cells every 10 days. Thus an airbrush tan can last anywhere between 7 and 14 days, depending on the level of activity you participate in, how often you bathe, your skin type (oily skin will hold a tan longer), and your level of preparation before your tanning session. Exfoliating before your airbrush tan allows the solution to penetrate deeper into layers of newer skin cells, and therefore your tan will last longer. Proper exfoliation is the single most important step in creating a beautiful long-lasting tan. Click here for detailed instructions on how to best prepare for your tan.
Why Airbrush Tan?
The National Cancer Institute warns against any type of UV-based tanning, but especially artificial tanning done in tanning beds. In fact, the NCI notes that women who use a tanning bed only once per month put themselves at a 55% higher risk of contracting malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. If you love the bronzed look of a tan but aren't willing to sacrifice your health for it, airbrush tanning may be a better choice. The tan sits on top of the skin, so it is a safe way to get a tan.
Why an Eclipse Airbrush Tan?
We use the best ingredients and the newest technology to insure you get the most natural-looking and longest-lasting tan possible. Our solution can be customized to each customer's skin tone. The techniques used in our salon were perfected by our salon owner, who is a lifelong sunless tanner and has had thousands of airbrush tans at hundreds of different salons and spas across the US and the world. She used this vast experience to create a tanning experience that is not only the best in Portland but in our humble opinion one of the best in the world.