Is there a difference between an “airbrush tan” and a “spray tan”?

Airbrush tan, spray tan; tomAYto, tomAHto… right?  Not exactly. Not all tans are the same! Let’s explore a few different types of tanning…

Spray Tan Booths

Spray tan booths are large booths that you stand in, and the tanning solution sprays out of nozzles and onto your skin. There’s no one there spraying you, you’re on your own.  If you accidentally turn your arm the wrong way or clench your legs together in the booth, the spray might not hit you evenly, leaving you with an unnatural looking tan. You need to be extra vigilant in order to get an even tan. You also need to be wary of tanning areas like your underarms or palms of your hand which might look unnatural with a dark bronze color! Booths can also make people feel slightly claustrophobic, so if you feel uneasy in tight spaces, this might not be the method for you.

 ♦ Self-Tanners

We’ve all seen these, and let’s be honest – most of us have tried at least one variety. They’re cans of spray-on liquid or lotions found everywhere from posh salons to your local drug store, and they promise perfect golden skin in the privacy of your own home. But how well do they work? I’ll be honest, you MIGHT be able to find one that you’ll swear by. But chances are, it will take a lot of time, money, and misery before you do. There are so many different formulas out there, and everyone’s skin is different, so it’s hard to tell which lotions, potions, and sprays will look natural on you. Some are made from dyes that stain your skin and look orange, some are made from other chemicals that might irritate your skin, and some are just plain ineffective. It’s also hard to apply sprays and lotions evenly on yourself, so you might need a friend to help. You might THINK you’ve gotten every inch, but the next day you look in the mirror and there’s that big patch of white skin, or even worse, thick streaks or blotches of dark color! Many at-home products will not only color your skin, but leave stains on your clothes, sheets, and furniture as well, so you’ll need to be careful. As the saying goes, you usually get what you pay for. You’ll get much better results letting a professional handle it. Which leads us to….

Airbrush Tanning

Airbrush tanning is the preferred method for many people, including Hollywood’s biggest celebrities. With an airbrush tan, you’re working with a professional technician who knows how to pick the perfect formula to make each person’s unique skin tone look naturally colored.  They will then spray you by hand to ensure that the solution is applied evenly to all areas you want to tan, and eliminate excess spray from getting into areas you DON’T want – like knees, elbows, and underarms! It’s not a dye or stain like other self-tanning products. The active ingredient is something called DHA which is an organic compound that safely and naturally causes a tanning reaction in the very top layer of your skin. Airbrush technicians can touch up specific areas to even out skin tone or eliminate tan lines, and can even do things like give definition to thighs and abs. Airbrush tanning won’t leave streaks or stains like most at-home products, and it only requires one application. An airbrush tanning session is a truly personalized experience. You can even have an airbrush artist come to your house! They will bring all the equipment necessary to give you a great tan in the privacy and convenience of your own home.

For an affordable airbrush tan in Denver, Shine salon is the place to go!  We can also come to you and we offer special group packages for spa nights, bachelorette parties, weddings, pre-prom, etc. Give us a call to make an appointment and see why airbrush tanning is the best kind of spray tan you can get!  (303)-722-4040

Full Body Make Over!


Plastic surgery is big business. Even “quick fixes” like fillers can cost you a lot of money. If you want an instant, pain-free way to look healthier, slimmer, and younger for under $50, you’ve come to the right place! What magical pill or product are we talking about? You might be surprised to learn that you can have all these results AND smooth out your skin tone, reducing the appearance of varicose veins and cellulose with a safe, all nature airbrush tan!

Spray tans have gotten a bad rep for turning people orange and streaky in the past. That’s because spray tans used to use stains and dyes to color the skin. An airbrush tan today doesn’t need all that artificial color! We use a safe, organic compound called DHA which works on the very top layer of your skin and doesn’t penetrate or damage deeper skin cells the way that tanning beds can. It creates a tan in a natural way and is approved by the FDA. Your airbrush tanning technician is specially trained and will apply this formula evenly over your body to create a tan so natural that no one will know it isn’t real!

These technicians can contour the application to make you look thinner, have bigger cleavage, and even have more toned muscles. It’s incredible what some well-placed color can do.  It also makes you look healthier when your skin has some color to it. A healthy glow goes farther than make-up!

Airbrush tanning can also cover up certain blemishes. It does wonders to hide veins and cellulite. It can also mask blotchy skin or age spots, as well as make stretch marks and scars less visible.  It’s not a magic wand, but it certainly helps!

An airbrush tan won’t last forever, but if you exfoliate before your appointment, avoid showering or swimming right after it, and then keeping your skin nice and moisturized for the next week, you can prolong your tan up to 10 days, sometimes even longer!  It’s great to do all year round, especially for special occasions or big events.


Time to see what an amazing make-over it can be for yourself! Make an appointment today!

Make 2015 Your Year to GLOW!


Happy New Year! Millions of people use this time to make resolutions to better themselves in the coming year. The most common resolutions are to quit smoking and to lose weight. These are excellent resolutions! We should all strive to be healthier. These aren’t just great for the insides of our bodies, they’re great for our outward appearances too. Many people are worried about sounding vain, but the truth is – when you look good, you feel good too. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best. It boosts your confidence and self-esteem. And when you’re feeling good about yourself, you’re going to take the time to  keep yourself looking your best.

It’s a revolving door – people who feel good, look better and people who look good, feel better… keep that cycle going this year! Make a resolution to pamper yourself. It’s not selfish or vain. This is your body, you only get one. Treat it well. Pamper it. Show it off!  You have every right to be proud of yours and make it look and feel beautiful.

Get that hair style and color you’ve been thinking about. Spring for the good make-up. Get a mani-pedi. Marvel in how amazing a new, well-fitting bra can feel. Go ahead and get those shoes you’ve been eyeing. And even if you’ve never tried it before – get an airbrush tan.

You might not think a tan will make that much of a difference, but you’ll be surprised! Your skin will look younger and healthier with some color. Even though you’re wearing 3 layers of clothes, you’ll look noticeably radiant. Age spots, scars, blemishes and veins will be masked with an organic tan that looks completely natural. You can afford this particular treat, too! It’s much less than a new outfit, but will leave you looking just as fresh. You’ll feel every bit as good as you look, and that’s worth it.

You deserve it. This is the year to shamelessly glow. Life is too short not to treat yourself well. When you look your best, you’ll feel your best. You’ll stand taller and speak louder, and demand the respect and attention you deserve.  Make this the best year yet!

How Does an Airbrush Tan Work?


You’re probably aware of what an airbrush tan is, but have you ever wondered how it works? What’s making that color on your skin? Most people think it’s some sort of dye, but it’s not!

 The solution that you’re being sprayed with contains DHA. DHA isn’t a dye, paint, or stain. It’s actually a non-toxic, organic compound that creates a chemical reaction with the amino acids in the stratum corneum, which is the outermost layer of your skin’s epidermis. This reaction is similar to the maillard reaction which occurs in food. This reaction does not involve the underlying skin pigmentation, nor does it require exposure to ultraviolet light to initiate the change in color. When you tan outdoors in the sun or use tanning beds, the color change occurs in the deepest layer of the epidermis, the basal layer. This reaction is caused by UV rays, and it can cause serious skin damage, including cancer. DHA is approved by the FDA, and does not carry these serious risks.

When the dead skin on the surface of your body begins to wear away, the color wears off with it. An airbrush tan usually lasts for approximately 7-10 days. Because the tan occurs in that top layer of skin, it’s important to exfoliate before your airbrush session. You want to be sure you’ve gotten rid of all the dead skin on the surface that were just about ready to wear off, so that the solution won’t be wasted on cells that flake off almost immediately! You’ll also want to avoid water for the first 8 hours after your session so that you don’t wash off the solution before the DHA can fully settle in. While you have your tan, you’ll want to keep your skin moisturized so that it doesn’t dry out and flake off prematurely.