Tanning F.A.Q

What is Airbrush Tanning?

Airbrush tanning gives you a beautiful natural-looking “California tan” without the long-term skin damage associated with UV exposure. If you’ve tried the Mystic Tan or booth spray tan, this tan is not the same! This is not a booth spray tan and won’t leave drips or streaks. A micro-fine mist is evenly applied over the body by a certified Airbrush Tanning technician.

How Does Airbrush Tanning work?

The FDA approved active ingredient, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), is derived from raw sugar cane and reacts with the proteins in the outermost layer of your skin to produce a golden brown color. DHA has been used safely over the years in numerous sunless tanning products. We use a premium quality product manufactured with the most advanced method available. Our solution allows for more natural color and longer-lasting results than similarly advertised products that cost more.

How Long Does The Airbrushing Process Take?

The entire process takes about 15 minutes.

How Long Does The Tan Last?

Your tan will last between 7 and 10 days, depending on how you care for your skin. The day after you get your tan, we recommend moisturizing daily to extend the life of your tan. We carry a moisturizing tan extender product that does the job perfectly!

What Do I Wear For My Airbrush Tanning Session?

If you are a woman, you may wear your own lingerie, our disposable thongs or opt for no tan lines at all. Men are required to wear underwear or a swimsuit.

Q: What Is DHA? Is It Safe?

DHA is the main ingredient in our sunless tanning products. It is a simple, non-toxic sugar that is often derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane. When applied to the body, DHA will respond to the amino acids on the outermost layer of the skin, changing its color to a tan tone that looks beautiful. It is completely safe. We also offer nasal filters for people to feel more comfortable. In addition, we have the Demistifier exhaust booth which extracts 99% of tanning overspray. This patented exhaust system removes overspray by capturing and filtering solution particles from the air.

Q: So Is “The More DHA, The Better” A True Statement?

A: No! What you should look for is a good formula that goes on as light as possible but still gets the job done. You don’t want to glob a bunch of DHA on your customers any more than you’d want to use an entire bottle of shampoo to wash your hair. All the extra shampoo doesn’t make your hair any cleaner, it just creates a huge mess and wastes your money. Similarly, companies that make concentrations of 10, 15 and even 20% DHA are just setting their customers up for a tan that looks horrible, dries out their skin, and feels tacky to the touch.

Q: How Is A Tan From DHA Different From The One I Get From Tanning Booths or The Sun?

A: DHA reacts with the amino acids in your skin to change the color temporarily and naturally (generally lasting about 7 to 10 days). The effect is completely safe and is temporary because the outer layer of your skin is continually replacing dead cells with new ones. Both the sun and tanning booths darken the skin by exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV); when exposed, cells known as melanocytes produce brown pigment called melanin, which darkens the skin as a natural defense against the UV radiation. Read more about the risks associated with UV tanning by clicking here.

Q: Why Do Some Tans Make People Look Like They Rolled In Orange Doritos?

A: Unnatural orange tones are usually the result of either too high of a concentration of DHA in the tanning formula, or over-application of a properly concentrated formula. Other companies generally only offer one color, and their formulas often contain DHA levels that are too high to deliver a natural looking tan.

Q: Are There Any Cosmetics Or Colorants In The Solutions?

A: Yes. DHA takes 8 to 12 hours to realize its full color potential. 5 of our solutions are mixed with cosmetic bronzers to give your customers’ skin a beautiful cosmetic tan while the DHA is activating. 2 of our solutions are clear and therefore do not contain any cosmetic bronzer. Your skin will gradually darken over the first 8-12 hours until it reaches its full color potential.

Q: Why Does Fantasy Tan Have 5 Different Tanning Solution Colors?

A: To make sure that your technicians can always deliver the precise color that your customers want. Most other companies only offer one or (maybe) two colors, so they are forced to attempt to adjust the color by applying more or less solution. This “trial and error” process often results in error (orange and/or dried out skin) more often than not.

Q: Can I Use Fantasy Tan If I’m Pregnant?

A: There are no known side effects from the application of Fantasy Tan. As a precaution, if you are pregnant, you should always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before receiving a spray tan or any beauty or skin care application.

Q: I Read Something About Your Equipment Makes A Difference – What Does That Mean?

A: Fantasy Tan’s equipment has been created using medical grade air compression technology that delivers a much finer mist that can be more precisely applied than other equipment. This allows properly trained technicians to deliver more realistic looking tans, waste less solution, and leave customers feeling more comfortable.


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