The National Cancer Institute warns against any type of 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 percent higher risk of contraction 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. If you’re considering an airbrush tan, understanding how it works can help you feel more comfortable with the procedure.
Airbrush tanning may is applied to the skin using an airbrush gun that looks similar to Paint Sprayer. The solution is individually added for each tan to provide custom tanning results. The gun diffuses the solution in to tiny particles that are aimed at the skin to cover it completely and evenly. The solution dries, and with four to six hours, the color appears as it dries and alters the color of the skin.
Airbrush tanning can last up to two weeks, depending on the level of activity you participate in, and how often you bath. Because the dihydroxyacetone interacts with your dead skin cells, if you exfoliate often you run the risk of your airbrush tan not lasting as long as it might if you hadn’t exfoliated, as the dead skin cells to which the dihydroxyacetone has interacted with become sloughed off.