What is in the solution that causes the
skin to turn brown?
The main ingredient is dihydroxyacetone (DHA)
a naturally occurring fruit sugar which reacts with
the amino acids in the top couple of layers of your
skin to turn it brown. DHA has been used for over 40
years and has obtained FDA approval.
How should I prepare for my tanning
You should exfoliate, shave and moisturize
the day before your session. Make-up can be removed
just prior to tanning.
What do I wear for the tanning process?
As much or as little as you're comfortable
with. It just depends on if you want tan lines or
not. Full body sprays can be done in shorts and a
tube top, bathing suit, disposable undergarments,
breast paste-ons or nude. However, men must wear
some form of undergarment such as a bathing suit or
shorts. A shower cap for hair will be provided to
What should I wear after I tan?
Something dark, loose and comfortable.
Nothing tight and nothing white and no shorts for 8
hours after tanning. Clothing does not harm the tan,
it protects it. We strongly suggest you wear
something dark in color after tanning as some
solution will sit on the fine hairs that we all have
on our body and rub off onto the clothing. Once you
have showered the residue will rinse off and should
no longer transfer onto clothing.
What if I'm getting a mani/pedi or
It's best to have these done before your
tanning session, OR the day after (once you've
showered). Any waxing MUST be done at least a day
before your tanning session. If it is absolutely
necessary to have your mani/pedi after your spray
tan, please instruct your technician to just color
the nails and not rub or massage the area.
Otherwise, they may discolor your tan on your legs,
arms, hands and feet.
long before I can shower or workout?
No showering or
doing any activity that will cause you to sweat
for 10 hours after tanning.
What if I receive my spray tan at night?
If you are tanning in the evening, you don't have
to get up in the middle of the night to rinse
off. The solution can be left on until the next
morning. Many people choose to wait until the
next morning to rinse any way. The longer you
wait, the darker your tan will get, and the
longer it will last. Delaying your rinse will
allow the DHA sufficient time to react with the
amino acids (proteins) in your skin.
How long will my tan last?
Your tan should last 7- 10 days with proper
moisturizing. Sunless spray tanning is not an
exact science. Each individual's body chemistry
is different, and results will vary based on the
individual skin type and pH balance. Airbrush
Tanning Parties uses solutions formulated to
provide a color that will appeal to the majority
What is the best way to maintain and
extend the life of my tan?
To get the best results for your tan,
we suggest using a tan extending lotion. Tan
extenders are specifically formulated for spray
tanning. They will draw the tan deeper into your
skin, hence prolonging and building your color.
If you choose not to use a tan extenders, it's
ok to use a quality moisturizer as often as you