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Airbrush Tan Vs Spray Tan: What to Choose?

Posted on June 8th, 2020

Nothing highlights your skin’s beauty more than a proper tan. It gives you a healthy glow and makes your skin look like you have been to the beach.

Although sun tanning is also a valid option, it’s not ideal when summer is gone and can be damaging to your skin. Sun tanning may cause premature aging and skin ailments such as skin cancer. Sunless tanning is healthier for your dermal skin tissues and gives you control in choosing a shade that suits you. It also gives you a uniform spread without streaks.

Airbrush tanning and spray tanning are efficient methods of sunless tanning that are gentle on your skin and do not cause sun-spots or premature aging. However, choosing between the two can be a bit confusing. Jamie Comstock, PA – Clinical Director, explains the difference between a spray tan and an airbrush tan.

Airbrush Tanning

Skin tanning happens when your skin releases pigments that cover it from ultra-violet rays and permanent damage. During an airbrush tan process, the technician applies a tanning solution that suits your skin tone using an airbrush and compressor. This solution has an active Dihydroxyacetone ingredient that reacts with the skin’s outer layer to create a bronze effect.

The tanning solutions will continue darkening the skin color after the first application and achieves the optimum color after 12 hours. Standard solutions contain a bronzed finish that creates an instant tan effect and assists the skin expert in identifying skin areas that require more tanning.

The initial session of this process involves skin evaluation and consultation to identify the ideal shade that compliments your skin tone. Airbrushing is affordable and takes less than 20 minutes. Airbrushed tans stay on your skin for up to 10 days and does not fade off after showering.

Airbrushing is an excellent technique for people with delicate skin or those who want to enhance their skin aesthetics. The overall shade is streak-free and covers your skin blemishes.

Spray Tan

Spray tanning involves the application of a tanning solution using a booth and nozzles. The solution also consists of DHA that bronzes or tans your skin. The booth has nozzles fitted at strategic corners within the confined enclosure. The client enters the booth while naked and should stand in certain angles. Instructions are pre-programmed and transferred through speakers within the booth.

With calculated and rapid spray bursts spewing through the nozzles, the tanning mixture will cover your entire body. The spray quantity to be used on your skin depends on your preference regarding the tan’s strength on your skin. The procedure is more natural and faster than basking at a beach. The spray tan lasts for up to 7 days and yields excellent results.

Choosing Between Airbrush and Spray Tan

Although spray tan booths deliver a nice tan, Jamie Comstock, PA – Clinical Director and the MDSkin team advocate for the airbrush tan, as it typically delivers a more even and complete tan. Our airbrush tanners will address your tanning requirements. The process also promotes cleanliness since you won’t have to use the shared spray booth. Schedule an appointment with us today.