Tanning FAQ

WHAT IS AIRBRUSH TANNING?
Airbrush tanning involves applying a smooth and even micro-fine mist of tanning solution with an airbrush. Unlike spray booths, airbrush tanning is applied by hand by our certified technicians and gives you a healthy glow without the downsides associated with UV tanning such as skin damage, premature wrinkles, sagging or risk of skin cancer.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
The active ingredient in most sunless tanning products is Dihyroxyacetone (DHA) and it’s derived from a natural vegetable source such as sugar cane or sugar beets.  DHA is a colorless sugar that causes the proteins and amino acids in the outer layer of your skin to react with the oxygen in the air to produce a brownish color thus creating the illusion of a tan. You are not applying a dye to your skin, you are causing your skin to develop a natural bronze color on its own through a chemical reaction.  In addition to containing DHA, the sunless tanning products contain an immediate bronzer.  While DHA develops a bronze color over time, the bronzer causes an immediate color on your skin.  The immediate bronzer is used to facilitate application which makes it easier to see where you have been spray tanned and where you have not.  The immediate bronzer lasts until you take a shower and the color that remains is from the DHA.  Sunless tans do not protect your skin from the sun so be sure to apply sunscreen regularly.

HOW DARK WILL I BE AFTER ONE SESSION?
Though effective, airbrush tanning is not an exact science and therefore the results will vary depending on your skin type.  We have different solution strengths that compensate for different skin types but you should have realistic expectations and you need to let us know about any areas of concern on your body that you may have.  We know you’ll be impressed with the results!

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Tanning session time varies and is dependent on what area is being tanned but it usually takes approximately 25 minutes: 15 minutes for spraying and 10 minutes to dry.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREPARE FOR MY TAN?
Shower, exfoliate, and remove body hair 24 to 8 hours before your tanning session.  Avoid Dove brand products and usage of clear gels soaps or non-moisturizing bar soaps are recommended.  Skin should be clean and dry before being sprayed so don’t apply moisturizers, deodorants antiperspirants, oils or makeup before your tanning appointment being they can effect tan development.  Wear loose shoes and dark easily cleaned clothing and bring a dark snug inexpensive swimsuit or under garment to create your tan line (wool, lycra, nylon, spandex, silk, leather, stain especially easily) and bring a towel to cover your cars leather or light colored seats as they can stain.  Style hair in a hairclip or high tail so it will be off your face and neck, remove contact lens and jewelry prior to being sprayed.  You will not be able to swim, sweat, bath or exercise for at least 6 to 8 hours so plan accordingly and if it’s raining remember to bring an umbrella.

WHAT DO I DO AFTER MY TAN?
Refer to Tanning Tip section.

WILL MY AIRBRUSH TAN STAIN MY CLOTHING, OR SHEETS?
We definitely recommend you wear dark, loose clothing to try to prevent the color guard from rubbing off on your clothes.   If you do see some color rub off prior to your first shower it should completely wash out when you wash your clothes.  Do not wear spandex/lycra, wool, nylon, silk or leather as these can all stain.

HOW LONG WILL MY AIRBRUSH TAN LAST?
Depending on how you take care of your skin, your tan will last anywhere from one to two weeks. Airbrush tans fade just like real tans do as skin cell replacement naturally “fades’ you skin.  Exfoliates, loofahs, bar soap, chlorine from pools/hot tubs, swimming in the ocean, shaving or waxing will also hasten the fading of your tan.  Cold weather or excessive sun bathing can also cause your skin to peel so protect yourself if your exposed to these conditions.  It’s important to note that simply swimming in a pool or ocean will not cause your tan to “wash off.”

WHAT DO I NEED TO WEAR WHEN I GET MY AIRBRUSH TAN?
Women who want tan lines should wear a dark-colored bathing suit or similar underwear or they can opt for no tan lines at all.  We ask that men wear dark-colored swimsuits, underwear or a sock.

IS IT SAFE?
Absolutely!  Airbrush tanning is the fastest, safest way to have an instant bronze without the premature aging and skin damage that UV rays cause.  The active ingredient in airbrush tanning solutions is DHA (dihydroxyacetone) which has been approved for use in sunless tanning by the FDA for over 30 years.  DHA derived from raw sugar cane and reacts with the amino acids (proteins) in the outer layer of the skin to produce a bronze color.  Our solution is a premium product to produce a natural looking color that we customize to your skin tone.

CAN I GET A TAN IF I AM PREGNANT?
We recommend that you talk to your doctor before you decide to have an airbrush tan.  That said, for years pregnant women have had no trouble using sunless tanning systems like ours.

AIRBRUSH TAN MAINTENANCE
We recommend that after every five weeks of airbrush tanning that you let your skin rest for 10 days. This allows you to completely lose your sunless tan periodically and helps eliminate patchiness or uneven areas of wear.  These areas are caused by normal contact with clothing and other surfaces which cause unintended exfoliation.  Healthy moist skin will retain the results of your sunless tanning session longer and spray tan results vary by individual.  The life of your airbrush tan depends on the how well you take care of your skin.  Moisturize at least twice a day and if you are going to shave, do not use shaving cream or gel and use regular hair conditioner.

Tanning extender is good to use to extend the life of your tan (recommended for vacations).  Keep in mind that the DHA (active ingredient in the extender) can dry out your skin.  Using the extender with a heavy moisturizing cream once a day is the best way to extend your tan!  You should try to avoid contact with chlorine or excessive sweating inside of closed toed shoes being these can lead to premature fading of an airbrush tan   If you notice uneven or premature fading of your airbrush tan you can always correct this by touching up your airbrush tan with tanning extender.  Please ask us for more information.

WHY SUN SHY?
Sun Shy Airbrush Tanning goes the extra step and provides you with a cleansing liquid that removes impurities such as soap scum, oil and pollution while balancing the PH in your skin to ensure that your tan will be beautiful, smooth and even.  We provide noise plugs, hair covering, baby wipes and immediately after your tanning session we wipe off your palms and nails.  We ensure that your experience with Sun Shy will not be match by others in the industry and we always make your tanning experience fun and relaxing.

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