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How do sunless tanning products work?

The main active ingredient in sunless tanning products is Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). A colorless sugar, DHA interacts with the proteins and amino acids in the outer layer of the skin to produce a golden brown color. DHA starts to react with the skin within 2 hours of the tan application and continues to do so for a total of 12 hours after which time you can wash. DHA will always produce the same results based on concentration and application levels.

What is in the solution?

The tanning agent is DHA, which reacts with the amino acids in the keratin protein on the top layer of the skin to produce a tan similar to what you would receive from the sun. Our DHA is a derivative of sugar. We also add erythrulose (a natural-based keto-sugar) to our solution, which when combined with DHA makes the tan last longer, fade better and provide a better color tone. This nontoxic reaction produces a temporary browning effect similar to the browning effect seen when a cut apple slice is exposed to oxygen. This is not a stain or dye, but rather a chemical reaction that produces a color change on all treated skin. The main antioxidants in the solution include Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Green Tea, Ginger Root Extract, Walnut shell extract, and Aloe.

How is the solution applied?

The airbrush technician applies a customized mist to the client’s body by the patented Infinity Sun airbrush gun. The mist is applied by spraying the body approximately 3 to 5 inch from the skin. This creates an extremely natural looking tan that can only be obtained through this airbrush method. Self tanning spray machines often miss areas of the body leaving an unnatural look.

Will it turn me orange?

Many of the self tanners on the market are carrot based which often times results in an orange color. Infinity Sun formula uses DHA that is a derivative of sugar which interacts with proteins found in your cells on the surface of your skin. This interaction is unique to each person and produces a natural looking look based on how you would normally tan.

Does it leave an unpleasant smell after it is applied?

A sweet modest aroma is often detectable. Each person has a unique sense of smell and can be interpreted differently. There are no undesirable orders like many of the ingredients used in spray tanning machines. (once you bathe 8 hrs after your session any detectable smell will wash off)

How long does my sunless tan last?

With proper preparation and daily moisturizing, your tan will last approximately seven days, and possibly longer. Those who shower more than once daily will fade more quickly than clients whose routine includes one daily shower and a regular pH balanced moisturizer. A sunless tan fades just like a tan from the sun. As your skin naturally exfoliates the dead skin cells, so goes your tan. Proper skin hydration is the key to maximum longevity. Femme Fatale Airbrush Tan offers a complete line of before and after tan products especially designed to maximize your sunless tan.

Can you use tanning beds or tan outdoors in conjunction with sunless tanning?

You can, although repeated exposure to ultraviolet light is deemed to cause premature aging and cancers of the skin, you can still do both. It is important to note that sunless tanning offers no protection from ultraviolet light. Although you will appear to be tan, a broad-spectrum sunscreen is still necessary to prevent burning and other possible skin damage from UV exposure. Drying out your skin by any means increases the exfoliation process and therefore will shorten your airbrush tan.

Why is the airbrush application superior to misting booths?

The airbrush application is a precision instrument that allows for a smooth, flawless application. Special care can be taken to avoid over application on problem areas such as knees, elbows, around the hairline, and for blemishes or other skin afflictions that tend to absorb more color. Mist-on booths are pre-set to a timer and volume of spray that does not adjust for the individual. The client has little control over the product and where it lands, and the machine has zero control. Custom airbrush application allows the technician to review the and perfect and areas prior to the completion of the session which results in the most natural and perfected tan possible.

Is airbrush tanning safe if you are pregnant?

We have airbrushed many clients throughout their pregnancies – with their obstetrician’s approval. The final decision about whether sunless tanning is appropriate during your pregnancy should be made by you and your physician.

How long should I wait after a tanning session before showering?

To give the formula enough time to fully dry, it is recommended waiting a minimum of 8 to 12 hours for optimum results. Showering sooner may diminish the intensity of your tan. It is not recommended to wait longer than 12 hours to shower as the bronzer is meant to be washed off, if left on too long it will adversely affect the development of your tan.

Can an airbrushed tan be removed?

The color produced by a tan does not wash off; it simply fades as the upper layers of the epidermis wear away. You can try to speed the exfoliation process by gently scrubbing the skin with a washcloth or loofah sponge. DO NOT OVER SCRUB! It may take a week or more for the “tanned” skin to disappear. If you scrub you might end up looking streaky and have an uneven tan.

Does the tan fade?

Just like an ordinary tan achieved thru sunbathing, the sunless tan will fade. The reason is simple: Every day, millions of dead skin cells are sloughed off or worn away from the surface of your skin. In fact, every 35 to 45 days, you have an entirely new outer skin layer (epidermis). This is why the tan will gradually fade. As the dead cells are worn away, so is the tan. Fading of this kind applies to all tans, both sunless and real. There are many things you can do to help increase the duration of your tan. We would be glad to help you find a solution that is best for you.

Will swimming or hot tubs affect my airbrush tan?

Water generally has a different PH level that your skin. As a result any type of water contact will shorten the life of your tan. Chlorinated water or salt water can fade the results, cause possible streaking and will diminish the length of your tan.

Will it rub off on my clothes or bed sheets?

There is a chance that the natural bronzers will rub off on clothing and bed sheets. This will wash out very easily, however, we always recommend that the client wear darker, loose fitting clothing. It is also recommended to wash any stained clothing within the first few days.

What should I know about skin cancer?

Why is airbrush tanning advantageous to tanning beds: Simply stated, air brush tanning will not cause skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis, and it’s the most preventable cancer. Most skin cancer is caused by damage from the sun’s UV rays (ultraviolet radiation). This year, an estimated 68,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma—the most dangerous type of skin cancer—and nearly 12, 000 will die of the disease. Every year, as many as two million people are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer—either basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma.
Recent research on the benefits of vitamin D (made by the skin from sunlight) indicates that just a brief exposure of your face, arms and hands to the sun is sufficient—about 15 minutes a day, three days per week. Talk to your health care professional about Vitamin D and your health. Tanning products are generally regarded as safe alternatives to sunbathing. DHA, which has been approved by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over 30 years for cosmetic applications, is considered safe when applied to your skin.

People At Risk

  • People who spend time in the sun, or use sun lamps or tanning booths
  • People who smoke
  • People who have blond, red or light brown hair, and blue, gray or green eyes
  • People with fair skin or freckles, or skin that burns easily
  • People with personal or family histories of skin cancer
  • People with certain types of genetic problems that affect the skin
  • People who have been treated with radiation
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People who have several moles on their bodies, especially if they have had some moles since they were born
  • People who have odd moles or one or more large colored spots on their skin
  • People who have had contact with certain chemicals, such as arsenic in drinking water
  • People whose skin is damaged from injury or from long-term inflammation
  • People with HPV (human papillomavirus)

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