What Creates A Tan?

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Ever wonder what makes your body tan?

There are a few different ways you can get a natural tan. The most obvious is, of course, from 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 or black light, which causes tanning.
* UVB, which typically causes damage in the form of sunburn.
* UVC, which doesn’t affect us because it’s filtered out by the atmosphere before it can get to our skin.
The problems we associate with sun exposure, such as skin cancer, wrinkles, etc. are mostly caused by harmful 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 can be reflected off of snow or water. Snow actually reflects roughly 90% of UV light, which is why you can get severe sun burns while skiing. Sand reflects up to 20% of UVB too, so at the beach, you’re getting more UV exposure than you would sitting in your backyard. It’s hitting you from above and below! There are certain surfaces that can absorb UV radiation rather than reflect it, such as certain types of glass.

Ultraviolet light in the sun stimulates the production of melanin in our skin. This pigment absorbs UV light, protecting cells from damage. Imagine you put a sponge on top of a piece of paper and slowly dropped beads of water onto it. The sponge would soak the water up before it can ruin the paper. That’s sort of what your melanin does to UV rays. 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.

It’s important to note that all UV rays are potentially dangerous. If you keep dropping water onto that sponge, eventually, it will soak through and damage the paper. That’s fine when we’re talking about metaphorical paper, but not so great when we’re talking about your skin! UV rays can cause deep damage to your cells, which results in painful sunburn at best and fatal skin cancer at worst. 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.

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!

Don’t Let Winter Wash You Out!

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It’s winter…  the sun sets early and it’s too cold to be out exposing your body to it. So naturally, your body loses the great tan you had during summer and you end up looking pale.

Pale only looks good on polar bears. On humans, it washes us out. We look sick and sunken-in when we’re pale. A little color keeps us looking healthy and radiant all year long. When you can’t naturally get some color, airbrush tanning can step in and save the day! With an airbrush tan, expert technicians can work with you to pick the perfect shade that will look natural and seasonally appropriate. You won’t look orange or like you’ve been baking in the sun. During the winter months, you’ll want a lighter, more subtle shade.

Airbrush tans are applied evenly to your body, so there won’t be any streaks or missing spots of color. We can also help to hide scars, veins, and age spots. This gives you smoother, younger looking skin from head to toe.

There’s also no need to worry about skin damage from airbrush tanning. Unlike the sun or tanning beds, there are no harmful UV Rays involved in airbrush tanning. The DHA solution is applied to the surface of your skin and works in the outer-most layer to produce a tan. DHA is an organic compound. We use a 100% vegan and cruelty-free formula which has been approved by the FDA.

Airbrush tanning is more affordable than you probably think, too!  And it takes less than 20 minutes. You’re in and out and on your way looking healthier, younger, thinner, and more refreshed than you did when you stepped in. Give it a shot this winter – you’ll be glad you did!

How To Get a Natural Tan

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It’s summer. You’re not all bundled up anymore, you’re going to be showing some skin! You want that skin to look great when you do, right? Tans are ideal because they hide more flaws and look healthier than pale, pasty skin. But we all know there is a huge difference between being TAN and being ORANGE!  We’ve all seen someone who overdoes it on the self-toner and spends a few hours too many in the tanning bed and comes out looking like an orange leather handbag…  No one wants to look like that! You want a healthy, glowing, NATURAL tan. So how do you get one? Well…

Your skin gets tan because the sun produces UV rays that penetrate your skin. These UV rays are actually pretty dangerous. It’s like being in a giant microwave.  So to protect your cells from literally baking, your body produces melanin to absorb these rays safely. This is what makes your skin darker. But getting a natural tan from the sun is sometimes tricky. There is a fine line between tanning and burning. Try as you might to protect yourself, I’m sure there’s been a time or two when you’ve gotten a dreaded sunburn. It looks and feels terrible. Painful, itchy, peeling, bright red skin is a far cry from healthy, gorgeous, glowing tan skin! But that’s just one of the risks of tanning outdoors in the sun. Long term sun exposure can deeply damage the anatomy of your skin cells and cause wrinkles, sun spots, and even skin cancer.  Tanning beds produce UV rays as well, so it works in much the same way. It also carries the same risks.

You might think that’s the only way to get a natural tan, but it’s actually not!  Airbrush tanning is another natural way to tan. (I know… I’ll give you a minute to pick up the pieces of your blown mind…)  It’s not a paint or a dye that gets applied to the skin like most people think it is, which is why it won’t leave you looking orange the way most self-tanners do. Airbrush tanning actually uses a non-toxic, completely organic compound called DHA.  It doesn’t cause wrinkles, sun spots, or skin cancer the way the sun can because it doesn’t penetrate deeply enough to damage your skin cells. DHA creates a chemical reaction within the amino acids in the very outermost layer of your skin. It’s a little bit like when you cut an apple and it begins to turn brown on the surface. This reaction does not involve the underlying skin pigmentation, nor does it require exposure to UV rays to initiate the change in color. It’s a natural, temporary color that looks just like a tan that occurs from melanin. Airbrush tans typically last about 7-10 days if you exfoliate properly before your appointment. It’s FDA approved and less expensive than you probably think it is for such an amazing treatment.

So the next time you want a natural tan, try airbrushing!

Tips to Make Your Airbrush Tan Last Longer

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So you got an airbrush tan, and you love it! But how can you make sure it lasts as long as possible? Here are a few tips!

1.) Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!!!!

Spray tans affect the top, outermost layer of your skin. It won’t penetrate deeper into lower layers the way UV rays do – this makes an airbrush tan much safer, but it also means it won’t last forever. We are always losing skin. The top layer of skin dies and falls off or gets rubbed away. To make sure you’re not applying your tan 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 on the market. A quick search online can also give you recipes to make your own natural sugar scrubs at home. They sell exfoliating sponges and gloves that will help ensure you get all that old skin off as well. So scrub, scrub, scrub the day before your appointment.

2.) 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.

3.) Leave The Lotions.

On the day of your appointment, don’t put on any creams, sprays, perfumes, or lotions. The tanning solution should go directly onto your skin so that it can be absorbed and work it’s magic. If you have anything on your skin, it can block the solution and sabotage your tan!

4.) Skip The Skinny Jeans.

Wear loose clothing to your airbrush tanning appointment. The tanning solution dries pretty quickly, but it’s still a good idea to avoid tight-fitting clothing that can 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.

5.) Stay Dry for 6-8 Hours.

It’s not just tight clothes that can potentially disrupt your tan. Water can 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.

6.) 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. 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.

7.) Avoid Chlorine.

Chlorinated pools are awesome, but after an airbrush tan, it’s best to limit your time in them because they shorten the life of your tan. 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!

 

 

Girls Night In

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You love going out with your girlfriends! Dinners, drinks, dancing, concerts, theater….  but sometimes a girl’s night IN is just as fun! It’s certainly more relaxed and comfortable and a great chance to catch up on all the gossip going on in their lives without having to shout over a DJ.  The typical dinner and sitting around the tv is fun, but next time you want to invite the girls over, why not try something different? Consider having a theme or activity! It’s easier than you think. Here a few fun ideas:

1. a swap party –  Have everyone bring their old clothes, shoes, and accessories and everyone can go through and pick out pieces they want! All the left-overs can be donated to Goodwill. You get rid of clutter in your closet and come home with some great new swag. Win-Win!

2.  craft night – Pick a fun project, like jazzing up some old shoes or decorating a picture frame or making some jewelry. Have all the supplies ready when the girls get there and spend your night being crafty!

3. wine tasting – Have all your friends bring a bottle or two of their favorite vino and spend the night sampling each other’s choices. Be sure everyone either stays the night or gets a cab home after this one!

4. spa night – Everyone loves a good pampering! Have everyone bring their favorite shades of nail polish and do each others’ nails. Another fun idea is to do airbrush tanning! Airbrush tanning helps cover up varicose veins, stretch marks, and other imperfections to give you a full-body make-over in only a few minutes. You’ll look healthier, more youthful, and even slimmer! You might think that you have to go to a fancy studio to get it done, but some places, like Shine Salon in Denver, can actually come to your house and tan you and your friends in the comfort of your own home! They bring all the equipment necessary and it’s a quick, clean process.  It won’t break the bank either. Have everyone chip in or treat your friends for a night in everyone will be sure to remember and rave about. It’s a great idea for bridal showers and pre-prom parties as well!

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Airbrush Tanning Vs. Self Tanners

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It’s too cold to get a natural tan outdoors, and you’ve heard all about the dangers of tanning beds, so your options are limited if you want to get a great tan during winter.

You can:

A.) Go somewhere tropical (take us with you!)

B.) Use a self-tanning product

C.) Get an airbrush tan

 

Self-tanners come in many forms. There are plenty of sprays and lotions that you can choose from and they range in price from a few dollars at your local pharmacy to hundreds of dollars at a fancy salon. The ingredients vary from product to product. Many of them use dyes to stain your skin. Unless you’re very familiar with the product and how it looks on your particular skin tone, it’s hard to tell what shade of tan you’ll end up with. This sometimes ends up leaving you with an unnatural, embarrassing orange color.

You also have to be careful applying your self-tanners. If you miss a spot, your tan will look patchy. You have to properly rub all the solution into your skin or you will end up with streaks or splotches of darker color. Sometimes this is hard to do on your back or in places that you can’t easily see or reach. There are some areas that you don’t want to be as dark as the rest of your skin, too – such as the back of your knees or palms of your hands. It looks unnatural and stands out as a fake tan, when the goal is to have a tan that looks natural! Certain self tanning products can also stain your clothes or furniture, so you’ll have to be cautious around fabrics.

Getting an airbrush tan eliminates many of these concerns, however!

When you get an airbrush tan, your technician will be able to help you find the right shade for your skin tone. They’re experts at making sure your color won’t look too dark or too unnatural. Airbrush tanning solutions don’t use stains or dyes to create that color. There’s an all natural, organic compound called DHA that reacts safely and naturally with the outermost layer of your skin to create a darker pigment naturally. This is added to a bronzing agent to create the perfect glow. All of our products are vegan and never tested on animals.

Having an expert technician apply the solution also ensures that there will be no missed spots, no streaks, and no unnatural looking tans on areas that you DON’T want!

All of this is much less expensive than you think, too! Check our website for prices and specials. Make your appointment and start looking and feeling amazing with an airbrush tan from Shine!

Make 2015 Your Year to GLOW!

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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!

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.