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Airbrush Tanning Frequently Asked Questions | FAQs | JADE GLOW

1. How does airbrush tanning work?

Airbrush tanning is a simple and quick process. Jade Glow has a mobile airbrush tanning machine, and a large pop-up tent that takes less than a few minutes to setup. The machine plugs into the wall, and starts. The person being airbrushed steps into the tent, and the process begins. After applying the solution, we use the machine to blow dry you off, then you are done, and ready to enjoy your tan! Tan will develop fully after 12 hours. 

2. What is the difference between airbrush tanning and spray tanning? 

Airbrush tans are applied by an individual. The application is very precise and custom to the body type. You can choose among three different levels with ten different shades to give the best color that is most natural for your skin type, and contour options available as well. An airbrush technician asks you to stand certain ways to deliver the best application. 

Spray tans are applied by a machine. A large overspray is applied onto the body, on the front and back. Although not as detailed and shade specific, the solution will give you a tan. Spray tans will cost you less because of the lack of precision, while airbrush tans will cost more. 

3. How long does an airbrush tan last?

Airbrush tans typically last 7-11 days with proper preparation and aftercare. Healthy, hydrated skin will hold results longer and achieve color faster. Jade Glow uses a tanning solution by Infinity Sun, which is designed to provide an even tan, but the porousity of the skin varies and may effect skin types differently. 

4. What should I wear during my airbrush tanning?

During an airbrush tan you should wear mesh under garments, or women are welcome to go nude. You are also welcome to wear dark colored swimwear, whichever you feel comfortable with, but we recommend the first two options. Jade Glow will provide you with the following when you tan: mesh underwear garments (male or female), hair net, sticky feet, eye protection and nose filters, which are optional. 

5. What should I wear after my airbrush tan?

After your airbrush tan, it is best to wear loose fitted, long dark clothing, and slip on shoes or flip flops.  Avoid zippered garments as well. 

6. How should I prepare for my airbrush tan?

If you have scheduled your airbrush appointment days in advance, start to exfoliate your skin with a non abrasive exfoliant, a minimum of eight hours beforehand. With salt and beaded exfoliants, use a minimum of 72 hours in advance. All waxing, pedicures, and manicures should be done a minimum of 24 hours prior to your appointment. You must shower before your airbrush tan to remove sweat, oils, makeups, perfume, deodorants, and lotions. You want to have clean, fresh skin.

After your tan, avoid showering and activities that involve perspiration for twelve hours for best results. After showers, pat dry instead of rubbing, do not exfoliate. Moisturize your skin with water based lotions, avoid oils. 

Additional guidelines for preparation and aftercare of your airbrush tan can be found here

7. How long does the airbrush tanning process take place? 

The airbrush tanning application will only take about 15 minutes, this includes the application of the solution and drying. 

8. Is airbrush tanning safe?

According to the FDA, the risks of airbrush tanning are unknown, if there are any; however, the FDA does recommend that the tanning agent used to give your skin the tanned pigmentation, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), will be used for external uses only.. All ingredients in sunless tans are approved by the FDA. Read more here. There are no additives necessary for colors or smells. 

Airbrush tanning does not deliver the same potentially harmful effects that UV based tanning can cause, and are completely different catergories. 

9. What is DHA? 

Dihydroxyacetone, or commonly known as DHA, is the most effective ingredient that gives a tan. It is a sugar derivative.  DHA reacts with dead skin cells and turns them brown to give your skin a tanned look. 

10. Will the airbrush tanning solution stain my clothes and my sheets? 

The airbrush tanning solution labeled as bronze, or ultra-dark, will leave the bronze residue on light colored clothes and sheets. This is why we recommend wearing long, dark, loost fitted clothing after your sunless tan. Our solutions that contain the bronzer acts a makeup, which will wash off after your first shower, yet your tan will still remain. Our clear solution will not leave a brown residue. 

11. Will airbrush tanning make me look orange? 

No, airbrush tanning will not leave you looking orange. Airbrush tanning has come a long way since the first uses which did give an orange appearance. Instead, our solutions at Infinity Sun leave a walnut based shade on your skin. 

12. How long will my airbrush tan last? 

Depending upon how well your skin is moisturized, preparation, and aftercare, your tan has the potential to last 7-11 days. The ultra-dark solution can last up to 14 days. Please read our sunless guidelines for more a detailed explanation here

13. Will my airbrush tan protect me from getting sun burned? 

No, you will need to apply sunscreen to protect your skin from getting damaged. 

14. Can I choose how tan I want to be?

Yes, our airbrush tanning machine by Infinity Sun has three different levels, with ten different shades. Jade Glow will help you choose the best color for your skin. 

15. If I am pregnant/nursing, or have asthma, can I still receive an airbrush tan?

Yes, you can, but you will need special permission and instructions from your physician for final approval. 

16. Can I tan on top of my UV tan?

Yes, you can use UV tanning and airbrush tanning together.

17. Can someone have an allergic reaction to airbrush tanning?

Yes, it is possible. If you have sensitive skin or have had reactions to sunless tanning products before, then it is possible you will have another allergic reaction. Therefore, please consult with your physician beforehand. 

18. What is the advantage of airbrush tanning?

The benefits of airbrush tanning are that you avoid the risk of sun cancer, premature skin cell damage, and aging. Airbrush tans are very natural looking and can provide definition to the body with our special contoured nozzle. Sunless tanning gives you a more of instant glow where the tan fully develops after 12 hours, unlike laying in a tanning bed where numerous sessions are needed to get a deep shade. 

19. How often should I airbrush tan? 

For best results, we recommend 1-2 sessions within 5-10 days to develop your desired color. Maintaining your color is possible with subsequent visits of every 6 – 10 days. The first day of your airbrush tan will be the best shade of tan you will see, and then it will gradually fade as your skin cells renew. 

20. What is the difference between Jade Glow and other airbrush tanning businesses? 

The Jade Glow difference is our equipment and solution. Our mobile airbrush tanning business uses an innovative, and one-of-a-kind technology that delivers a natural, contoured, and 100% customizable sunless tan. Jade Glow has one solution that fits all skin types; all we do is adjust the level and intensity of the spray. The automated technology in our machine means that the tanning mist application requires less solution, leaving our customers with a higher quality tan and flawless finish. Our equipment is also the only machine to deliver beauty treatments through a spray nozzle. Our beauty exlixirs include a normalizer, anti-aging, and shimmer treatment. Read more about our skin elixirs here. Our Infinity Sun equipment and solutions are loved by celebrities too! Don't believe us? Read more here