Extend The Life of Your Airbrush Tan

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We don’t get many complaints about airbrush tanning. It’s safe, it’s affordable, and it looks fantastic. The only disappointment we hear from customers is that they wish it could last longer. While we can’t make it last forever, we DO have some tips to extend the life of your tan. It all starts the day before your appointment…

EXFOLIATE! Tanning beds and the sun itself produce UV Rays which penetrate deep into your skins to create a tan. This can cause damage deep within your skin ranging from sunburns to skin cancer. Spray tans, however, only work on the top, outermost layer of your skin. This makes them much safer, but it also means that the tan won’t last as long. We are always losing skin. The top layer of skin dies and falls off or gets rubbed away by clothes, showers, etc. To make sure you’re not applying your tanning solution to a layer of dead skin that is just about the fall off, you should exfoliate the day before your tanning session so that the fresh skin underneath is the skin that gets tanned. There are tons of exfoliating scrubs, sponges, and gloves on the market that can help you with this task. You can even make your own natural sugar scrub if you’re so inclined! There are tons of great recipes out there. Whatever you choose to use, make sure you do it the day before your appointment!

SHAVE FIRST. This goes along with the exfoliating… Make sure you shave (or wax) the day before your appointment. When you remove hair, you often remove a bit of skin as well. If you wait until after your airbrush tan, you’ll be removing a layer of the newly tanned skin with your hair, and that will reduce the time you get to spend with that glow. Plus, if you have hair on your body, the tanning solution will get on the hair and it can block the solution from getting to your skin and working it’s magic.

SKIP THE LOTION BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT. On the day of your appointment, don’t put on any creams, sprays, perfumes, or lotions. A layer of lotion on your skin can block the tanning solution from absorbing into your skin.

WEAR LOOSE CLOTHING.  Skinny jeans are great, but don’t wear them to your airbrush tanning appointment. The tanning solution dries pretty quickly, but it’s still a good idea to avoid tight-fitting clothes that will rub against your skin and potentially rub your solution off before it has a chance to fully penetrate and give you the best possible tan.

STAY DRY! It’s not just tight clothes that can potentially disrupt your tan. Water can also wash off the solution before it’s finished fully penetrating and bonding to your skin. It takes about 6-8 hours for the solution to completely settle in and do it’s job. Until then, avoid showers, baths, saunas, and heavy work-outs – sweating opens pores and washes away the solution just as much as a shower can.

NOW IT’S TIME TO MOISTURIZE. Once your tan has settled in (after that initial 6-8 hours) then be sure you keep it moist to lock that skin in. You know how your skin gets flakey when it’s dry? Those flakes are dead skin shedding off. Your hydrated skin will stay healthier longer. Once your skin is nice and tan, we want to keep it! Keeping your skin moisturized will ensure that you keep that tan as long as possible. We recommend moisturizing at least twice a day. If you can find a moisturizer that has SPF sun protection built-in, even better! It will help protect your skin from those damaging UV Rays we mentioned earlier!

AVOID CHLORINE. After an airbrush tan, it’s best to limit your time in chlorinated pools. Chlorine dries your skin out and sometimes can even have a bleaching effect. So it’s best to avoid chlorine altogether if possible, but if not – be sure to shower it off as soon as you can when you get out of the pool and keep that moisturizer flowing!

Following these tips can ensure that your tan lasts as long as possible!

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Weigh Your Tanning Options

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Sunbathing just isn’t an option this winter, unless there’s a plane ticket involved – so how can you maintain a healthy glow? Well… there are a few options. Let’s take a look:

Tanning Beds

Tanning beds work by emitting ultraviolet radiation, or UV Rays, which work deep inside your skin to change pigment and create a tan. There are two types of UV rays – UVA and UVB. Most tanning beds primarily emit UVA rays, although some “high pressure” tanning beds emit a more concentrated mixture of the two. UV Radiation is natural – the sun emits it, but don’t let that fool you – this radiation can be very dangerous.  UV Rays are known to cause skin cancer, cataracts, premature skin aging, and suppression of the immune system. UVA rays in particular have been shown to increase the chance of getting melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer! As great as getting a perfect tan can be, it’s certainly not worth dying for.

The FDA has banned the use of tanning beds by minors and strongly discourages people from using tanning beds for cosmetic purposes. There are simply too many risks involved. Besides skin cancer, you risk getting a sunburn, and without using goggles, you put yourself at risk of getting a condition called arc eye, or snow blindness – which is basically like a sunburn on your eyes! Talk about painful! Many tanning booths limit your exposure to 20 minutes, but depending on your skin type, 20 minutes can be enough time to cause serious damage, especially when you go often.

Why spend time and money for something so dangerous? There’s a safer alternative…

 

Spray Tanning

Spray tanning has come a LONG way since the days where it was an obvious, streaky, orange mess.  We’ve mastered the formula and the application, creating the modern airbrush tan. It’s a work of art. The artists hardly get credit though, since their work looks so natural that you’d never even know!

Airbrush tanning doesn’t create color using a dye or stain, it uses a compound called Dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, which is an all-natural, simple carbohydrate with formula C3H6O3. This skin browning effect is non-toxic and similar to the Maillard reaction. Different amino acids react to DHA in different ways, producing different tones of coloration from yellow to brown. The resulting pigments are similar in coloration to melanin, the natural substance which browns or “tans” from exposure to UV rays. But all of this takes place in the outermost layer of the skin, not deep in the lower layers like a sun tan. It’s a natural, organic reaction, not one caused by radiation. The result is a natural looking tan without the harmful side effects.

We no longer have to stand in a booth that sprays you and turn around hoping to get every inch of skin evenly either! Airbrush tans are applied using a special spray “gun” by trained professionals. You won’t miss a spot or have some areas darker than others. Airbrush tanning technicians can even apply the formula in such a way that you can add slimming contours and cover problem areas specifically.

When properly cared for, an airbrush tan can last up to 10 days. It’s a natural, organic, safe option for getting some color all year long. And best of all? It’s quick! Instead of lying around all day getting a tan, you can be in and out in 15 minutes with a full body tan, and technicians can even come to your home with a mobile station and do it for you there!

Give us a call for an appointment and see what all the fuss is about.

First Time Tanners Welcome!!!!

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There’s a first time for everything! If you’ve never had an airbrush tan before, you might be nervous or curious about what’s involved. Don’t worry, we’re here to make it as comfortable and easy as possible. Here’s what you can expect….

First off, make your appointment. If you’re here in Denver, give us a call at 303-722-4040 to set a time. You can come to us (we’re located in Washington Park) or you can make an appointment for us to come to you! We have a mobile tanning station that we can bring to your home if you prefer the comfort and convenience of tanning at home. Mobile tanning is quick, clean, and a fun girl’s night/bachelorette/birthday/pre-prom party activity too – get everyone together and get a tan!

The day before your appointment, exfoliate your whole body. You want to remove the top layer of dead skin so that you don’t waste solution on skin that flakes right off. Use an exfoliating body wash or scrub down with a washcloth or an exfoliating brush for the best results. Your tan won’t look as even or last as long as it should if you skip this part! Shaving, waxing, facials, manicure/pedicures, massages, and laser treatments should all be done before your tanning appointment. Make sure your skin is as clean as possible before you come in – don’t use any oils, perfumes, or lotions before your session as these can block the solution from penetrating your skin and affect your tan.

When you come in, you’ll meet with your technician and discuss your skin tone and how dark you want your tan to be. Feel free to ask any questions you might have! Trust me, we’re heard it all so don’t be shy! We want you to be as comfortable as possible. The actual tanning process is short and sweet. Wear whatever you’re comfortable with. Some people wear swim suits during their sessions, some don’t. We’re professionals, don’t worry stripping down. We’ve seen it all! Your technician will ask you to move and pose so that they can evenly spray your body. It feels like a cool, light mist and the entire process will be over in roughly 15 minutes or so. The solution dries quickly, but sometimes you might notice a smudge or two on your clothing. We like to recommend that you wear loose, dark clothing if you can, but don’t panic –  the bronzer easily washes out of most fabrics!

After your tan, try to stay dry for at least 8 hours. Avoid showers, pools, and exercise while your tan sets. You’ll also want to keep your skin moisturized. Apply moisturizer daily in the morning and evening to help keep your tan as long as possible. When your skin gets dry, it flakes off and will take your color with it, so keep it smooth and hydrated! Avoid soaps and moisturizers that contain AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) as well as chlorine from pools/hot tubs whenever possible. Long hot showers and baths might also dull your tan. so keep ’em short! You can also apply tan extender solutions that contain DHA – these will help your tan last even longer! We sell these as well, just ask your technician about it.

Then just sit back and enjoy your tan! If properly maintained, your spray tan will last up to 10 days – possibly even longer if you apply an extending solution! Most people are surprised by how quick and easy the whole process is and how great the results are. So don’t be nervous – give it a try!

Tan is IN This Winter!

 

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It’s that time again, Wash Park….

WINTER!

Winter can be rough. Especially in the fashion department. Sure, it’s great to be able to bust out those super cute boots and the great full-length coats, but for those with lighter skin and hair, it’s easy to look completely washed out in the winter months. Wearing light colored clothes can make you look downright sickly sometimes.

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But it doesn’t have to! Even in white and ON white, look at the difference a little color can make….

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Radiant, right?!

You can get that glow too, best of all – it’s quick and affordable! It’s airbrush tanning. It used to be that if you wanted a tan in winter, you’d have to spend time baking in tanning beds or stain your whole house with lotions and sprays that left you greasy and orange looking. We now know about the dangers of UV rays and how tanning beds can cause skin cancer and premature aging, so hopefully you’ll realize that going that route isn’t worth the risk. And forget the streaky at-home bronzers, too. We live in the age of AIRBRUSH TANNING!

Have you tried it yet? A professional technician helps you pick a natural tone for your skin, and applies the solution for you quickly and evenly. There are no harmful UV Rays to worry about, and at Shine, the solution itself is vegan and cruelty-free. It isn’t some sort of stain or dye, the solution contains a natural compound called DHA that reacts with your outermost layer of skin to create a temporary tan.  DHA is FDA approved and completely organic. The tan lasts approximately 7-10 days and you can get it done in under 15 minutes for less than $30 at Shine!

So be radiant in your coats this season! Look healthier, younger, and more fashionable in mere minutes this winter.  You have no excuse not to!

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How Do We Tan?

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To understand how tanning works, you need to understand a little about the sun.

Light from the sun reaches earth in three forms: visible light, infrared, and ultraviolet light. The last type, ultraviolet light, is classified into three categories:
UVA (315 to 400 nm), also known as black light, which causes tanning.
UVB (280 to 315 nm), which typically causes damage in the form of sunburn.
UVC (100 to 280 nm), which is filtered out by the atmosphere and doesn’t reach us.
The problems we associate with sun exposure, such as skin cancer, wrinkles, etc. are mostly caused by UVB rays. Research suggests UVA might have an increasing hand in these things as well, however. Most of the sun’s UV radiation at sea level is of the UVA variety.
UVA isn’t just hitting you from above – it can be reflected! Snow reflects roughly 90% of UV light, which is why you can get severe sun burns while skiing and “snow blindness” is serious business! Sand reflects up to 20% of UVB, so at the beach, you’re getting more UV exposure than you would sitting in your backyard. But at the same time, certain surfaces, such as glass, can absorb UV radiation!

Ultraviolet light in the sun stimulates melanocytes to produce melanin in our skin. This pigment absorbs UV light, protecting cells from damage. Over time, this protective pigment makes your skin look darker, hence: a tan! Caucasians typically have the least amount of melanin in their skin on a day-to-day basis, but in many other races, there is a continuous melanin production, which causes the skin to remain pigmented and also offers more protection against UV rays on a daily basis.

Melanocytes produce two different types of pigments: eumelanin, which is more brown, and phaeomelanin, which is yellow and red. People with red hair usually produce more phaeomelanin and less eumelanin, which is why they typically don’t tan as well. In albinos, the chemical pathway that produces melanin is blocked because an enzyme called Tyrosinase is missing.

It’s important to note that all UV rays are potentially dangerous. They can cause deep damage to your cells, which at the least results in painful sunburn and at the most can cause fatal skin cancer. It’s important to protect yourself from skin damage by wearing sunscreen when you’re outside. Avoiding direct sunlight is the best way to protect yourself. This really ruins your chance at a tan, though.

There’s one more way that you can get naturally darker skin, however. That’s through DHA.  DHA is a non-toxic, organic compound that creates a chemical reaction within the amino acids in the outermost layer of your skin. This reaction does not involve the underlying skin pigmentation, nor does it require exposure to ultraviolet light to initiate the change in color. It is similar to the maillard reaction which occurs in food. It’s a natural, temporary color that looks just like a tan that occurs from melanin. The active ingredient in airbrush tanning is DHA. The color produced in an airbrush tan typically lasts 7-10 days, but it is much safer than roasting yourself in the sun or using a tanning bed.

What Should I Expect From My Airbrush Tanning Appointment?

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If this is your first time getting an airbrush tan, you might be nervous or not know what to expect. Relax, we’ll walk you through it!

Find a local airbrushing salon & make your appointment. In Denver, give us a call at 303-722-4040 to set a time. You can come to us (we’re located in Washington Park) or you can make an appointment for us to come to you! We have a mobile tanning station that we can bring to your house and quickly, cleanly give you a tan in the comfort of your own home. Mobile tanning is a fun girl’s night/bachelorette/birthday/pre-prom party activity too – get the girls together and get a tan!

The day before your appointment, be sure you exfoliate! You want to remove the top layer of dead skin all over your body. Use an exfoliating body wash or scrub down with a washcloth or an exfoliating brush for the best results. You don’t want the tanning solution to be applied to dead skin because it will flake off and your tan won’t look as even or last as long as it should! Shaving, waxing, facials, manicure/pedicures, massages, and laser treatments should all be done before your tanning appointment. Make sure your skin is as clean as possible – don’t use any oils, perfumes, or lotions before your session as these can block the solution and affect your tan.

When you come in, you’ll meet with your technician and discuss your skin tone and how dark you want your tan to be. Feel free to ask any questions you might have! We want you to be as comfortable as possible. The actual tanning process is short and sweet. Wear whatever you’re comfortable with. Some people wear swim suits during their sessions, some don’t – believe me, we’ve seen it all, so don’t be shy if you want full coverage! Your technician will ask you to move and pose so that they can evenly spray your body. It feels like a cool, light mist and the entire process will be over in roughly 15 minutes or so. The solution dries quickly, but sometimes you might notice a smudge or two on your clothing. We like to recommend that you wear loose, dark clothing if you can, but don’t panic –  the bronzer easily washes out of most fabrics!

After your tan, try to stay dry for at least 8 hours! Avoid showers, pools, and exercise while your tan sets. You’ll also want to keep your skin moisturized. Apply moisturizer daily in the morning and evening to help keep your tan as long as possible. When your skin gets dry, it flakes off and will take your color with it, so keep it smooth and hydrated! Avoid soaps and moisturizers that contain AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) as well as chlorine from pools/hot tubs whenever possible. Long hot showers and baths might also dull your tan. so keep ’em short! You can also apply tan extender solutions that contain DHA – these will help your tan last even longer! We sell these as well, just ask your technician about it.

Then just sit back and enjoy your tan! If properly maintained, your spray tan will last up to 10 days – possibly even longer if you apply an extending solution! Most people are surprised by how quick and easy the whole process is and how great the results are. So don’t be nervous – give it a try!

 

 

The Top Secret of Models, Actors, & Beautiful Celebrities of all Kinds…

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What’s one of Hollywood’s biggest non-surgical beauty secrets? Air brush tanning! Ok, so it’s not that much of a secret anymore. It’s also not just for actors and models anymore! Tune in to any number of top reality shows these days and you’ll see Real Housewives and various other lovely people standing arms-spread getting spray tanned from a professional – sometimes in a studio, sometimes in their own homes. Once an extravagant luxury, airbrush tanning has become an affordable reality for men and women all over the country. It’s as common place as getting a mani-pedi these days!  Why do all these people opt for the sprays rather than rays? Lots of reasons!

First off – it’s safer than other methods of tanning. By now we all know that too much time in the sun, and even in tanning beds, exposes us to harmful UV rays that can cause burns and even skin cancer! Airbrush tanning gives you all of the color with none of the risk! The natural, organic solution is FDA approved and won’t leave you hurting or worrying.

Reason #2 – it works! Air brush tanning isn’t just a dye or stain, it contains an organic compound called DHA that works within your skin to naturally bring out a healthy glow. You won’t be left with streaks and lines or an unnatural orange color. Your skin will look healthy and naturally tan each time you go!

Reason #3 – it’s reliable. You aren’t left to your own devices. There’s no crossing your fingers that you didn’t miss a spot or pick the wrong solution for your skin tone. Air brush technicians are professionals. They know all about skin tone and texture. They’ll help you pick a shade that will look best for you and then they’ll apply it with expert precision. They won’t miss a spot, they won’t over do it on areas that leave you looking unnatural (palms of your hands, back of your knees, etc.) and they can even add definition and contouring! If you want to fill in tan lines, no problem! If you have any specific problem areas or concerns, they’re all ears! You’re not alone with airbrush tanning – you have someone looking out for you to be sure that you look the best that you possibly can!

Reason #4 – it’s affordable. There was a time when custom airbrush tanning services like this were only accessable to the ultra rich and famous, but today it’s affordable on almost any budget! It’s not as exclusive as it used to be – more and more people are getting it done and the costs have come down dramatically. You’ll probably be surprised to see how affordable a session really is! Don’t believe me? Check out the specials for Denver’s Shine salon here!

It’s not just for the rich and famous anymore, so go ahead and pamper yourself! You deserve it.