Who doesn’t love the look of a beautiful bronze glow? But there’s one big problem: a natural tan requires sun exposure, which can wreak major havoc on your skin by accelerating the aging process and even putting you at risk for skin cancer. In fact, a tan is itself a sign of sun damage, because the extra pigment your skin releases is an effort to protect itself from the sun’s radiation. But, as usual, Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center has a solution! Our licensed and experienced aesthetician offers airbrush tans to give you the look you want in a healthy way. To help you get acquainted, we’ve answered some of the most common questions our patients ask.
While these two options both use a “spray-on” solution, “spray tan” typically refers to an automated booth where you stand in the middle and the spray is released on a timer from a set of nozzles. An airbrush tan, by comparison, is hand-sprayed by a trained professional, giving you a more even hue.
What if I want a darker or lighter tan?
Our airbrush tans are highly customizable. The sprayer has adjustable settings so our licensed aesthetician, with eight years of experience in airbrush tanning, can control how the solution is applied to your skin. You can also control how dark the tan becomes by choosing how long to wait before showering to wash the solution off, and by opting for either one or two coats.
How long will my spray tan last?
In general, you can expect your airbrush tan to last seven to ten days. The color typically looks its best two days after your session, so if you’re preparing for a special event, schedule your appointment for two to three days before the big day if possible.
Will I be orange?
This is a common concern with sunless tanning, but the airbrush tan solution we use at Laser Lights is unique because it gets its color from natural cacao rather than from orange-based dyes. That means you’ll get a beautiful bronze glow without the worry of looking like a cheese doodle.
What kind of airbrush tan do you use?
There are many different sunless tanning solutions available, but at Laser Lights, we use Eco Tan®. It’s made entirely from natural and organic ingredients, not the harsh chemicals found in many spray tans.
Is a natural tan really that bad?
Many people underestimate the damage sun truly does to the skin. It can make you age significantly earlier and faster, but the most severe risk it poses is skin cancer. It doesn’t take years of repeated sun exposure for skin cancer to develop—in fact, there has been a recent increase in skin cancer diagnoses for young adults, even those in their 20s. For patients who have had any type of laser skin treatment in the past several months, it’s especially crucial to avoid sun exposure because it can lead to long-term hyperpigmentation (dark spots on the skin).
How can I get the best possible results?
Here are a few tips from our aesthetician:
- Exfoliate your skin two to three days before your appointment
- If your tan is for an important event, do a “trial run” a few weeks before so you can try it out and decide whether you’ve found the right combination or whether you want your tan to be darker or lighter for the big day.
- Think about tan lines. Many patients choose to wear a bathing suit for their appointment, so make sure you choose one which won’t leave unwanted tan lines. While the tanning solution is expected to wash out of your clothing (another perk of using an organic option), we recommend wearing darker colors to be on the safe side, and we also have disposable undergarments you can wear during your spray as well.
- Do not wear any lotions, moisturizers, or other products on your skin when you come to your appointment, as this can block the solution from adhering to your skin.
At Laser Lights, we’re all about helping you look your best while keeping your health and safety as priority #1. That’s why all our practitioners are licensed and experienced in the field of cosmetic medicine, and it’s why we’ve added the highly popular airbrush tan to our repertoire. To learn more about airbrush tans (and to find out how you can get a free tan during the month of September 2016), explore our website or follow Laser Lights on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.