Is airbrush tanning the same as spray tanning?
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Beth Mann

Is airbrush tanning the same as spray tanning?

This winter season you may lose that summer tan. Women certainly love to have the perfect tan, but how do you keep that tan in the winter?

There are two great ways to keep a tan on your body. Airbrush tan and spray tan. Is it the same? No!

We’ll tell you more about the differences between these two tanning techniques that you’ll love.

Differences between Airbrush Tan and Spray Tan

Airbrush tanning consists of spraying on the skin a product obtained from sugar cane, which is totally harmless to the skin.

To get a tan with an airbrush you must go to a specialized center, without having previously applied to your body body cream, makeup, deodorant and perfume.

You need a specialized person to be able to get the airbrush tan, inside a prepared cabin. An airbrush is used to spread the tanning product evenly.

At the end of the application process you must wait a few minutes for the product to absorb and dry completely, you will have an incredible natural tan!

Aerosol tanning, on the other hand, is done in a tanning booth. This method is the most popular. The booth has an automatic machine that sprays the person from head to toe.

The arms and legs must be placed in a proper position, to achieve an even tan.

The amount of product that the booth will apply to the body is determined by each person and how hard they want the tan.

Now, which method is the best? We will give you the advantages of each method, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

Advantages of airbrush tanning

Advantages of airbrush tanning

Avoids skin spots

The function of airbrush tanning is to activate the melanin in the skin in a natural way, without tinting the skin or causing spots on it.

Personalized attention

Airbrush tanning is done by a professional. It is one of the great advantages, since it becomes a personalized service.

It can be adapted to your tanning needs, you can tell him which parts of the body you need more tan than others and the specialist determines the skin tone to obtain natural results.

It has natural extracts

The tanning product is made with natural elements such as DHA (dihydroxyacetone), which is a derivative of sugar cane, which when in direct contact with the skin activates melanin and the skin’s own protein.

In addition, it contains ingredients such as vitamin C and E.

Advantages of spray tanning

Fast tanning

Upon entering the cabin, the product spray is quickly and effectively.

The tanning process is automatic

The amount of product and the time are already pre-calculated by the specialized machine. For the spray tanning process they will provide you with a catalog, to decide which type of tan is desired and the quantity.


Only one person can enter the cabin. By not needing a specialist you will feel more comfortable. All you need to do is place yourself in a correct position, to obtain better results.

Unlike airbrush tanning, this one usually has difficulties in tanning more hidden areas, for example, under the breasts or on the inner thighs.

If you don’t follow the instructions you may get unwanted results. The instructions are programmed and will be heard through speakers inside the booth.

Tips to make your tan last longer

Tips to make your tan last longer

  • You should prepare your body about 2 weeks before. The ideal is to consume foods that contain beta-carotene, such as carrots, beets and papaya.
  • Do not exfoliate your skin with special products, because this will damage the tan you get, since you will be accelerating the natural exfoliation process of the skin.
  • After your session it is essential that you do not wet your skin or shower.
  • Do not apply any type of cream, makeup or perfume.
  • Avoid physical activities that can cause excessive sweating in the next 8 hours.
  • Use soft foams and shower gels, so as not to alter the pH of the skin.
  • Avoid the use of excessive baths in swimming pools, spas or saunas.

In any tanning method you choose you will get incredible results. Do you want to get an incredible natural tan?

Take the recommendations to prepare your skin days before your tan, so you get the results you want.

At Salon Deauville we take care of your face and body. Our team is trained by experts in skin care techniques and procedures.


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