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What is mobile Airbrush Tanning?

Airbrush Tanning is one of the most beautiful and natural ways of tanning your body with out the harm of the sun. Your Privé Tanning Technician Hollie, will come to your house, work or even on location for special events. Privé uses Norvell®, a state of the art Airbrush tanning system to apply your customized spray tan (three different levels of colour are available). You will be given the most natural looking UV free tan available. Privé’s products are top of the line, the best quality tanning solutions on the market containing DHA that are safe and approved by the FDA.

Privé’s Airbrush tanning machine provides a fine mist, and an even flow to create an even tan every time, leaving your skin streak free!! Airbrush tan is a weightless body mist and is NOT as heavy as a spray tan!

How does an Airbrush tan work?

The ingredient that tans your skin is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA is an ingredient derived from sugar cane and beets, which reacts with the amino acids in the skin.The action of DHA is limited to the upper layer of the skin and involves a reaction between DHA and skin proteins and oxygen that produces brown compounds. This process is similar to what occurs when you slice open an apple and the surface of the apple browns when it is exposed to the oxygen in the air. This reaction will continues to darken for up to 16-18 hours (depending on the individual).

The development of colour takes anywhere from 2 to 4 hours and the intensity of colour is dependent upon the DHA concentration in the product as well as each tanner’s individual skin characteristics. The colour developed by the DHA usually lasts 5 to 10 days and begins to fade as the top layer of the skin naturally exfoliates.

The Airbrush tan does not make your skin or your skin cells darker in pigmentation; the immediate colour you see when your tan is applied is a colour guide or cosmetic bronzer that helps me not miss any sections and allows you to instantly see your tan. When DHA is applied to the skin; a brown “tan” forms in about 4-6 hours and continues to darken for approximately 16-18 hours. The colour of your sunless tan is completely individual. Nothing is absolute when it comes to the variations of skin types, colouration, how long it will last or how dark you can get. Every skin type is different and this is the reason I use averages. The colour you achieve is a perfect blend of your natural skin tone along with the reaction of the DHA. The tan becomes water-resistant, however exposure to high levels of abrasive soaps, detergent filled body washes and the chlorine in swimming pools is discouraged. Exposure to such factors will expedite the natural process of exfoliation which takes on average 4-6 days.

How did sunless tanning start?

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) was first used as an active ingredient during research on the treatment of diabetics, some of whom tolerated DHA better than glucose. However, in 1957 the tanning properties of DHA were discovered in a children’s hospital. DHA was administered orally as a treatment for a childhood glycogen storage disease. However, some children were drooling and spitting up the mixture when the doctor noticed brown spots developing on the skin. The doctor experimented by rubbing the mixture on her own skin and she tanned as well. The first scientific papers on DHA were published in 1960. Since these studies, DHA’s physicochemical properties, tanning mechanics and skin tolerance have been further explored, resulting in an improved method of application, and a more uniform and natural-looking tan. DHA is not absorbed through the skin into the body and it has no known toxicity.

Is Airbrush Tanning safe?

Yes! DHA has been approved for cosmetic use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Canadian Health Ministry and most of the EU member nations. It is considered nontoxic and non-carcinogenic. DHA based Sunless tanning has been recommended by the Skin Cancer Organization, American Academy of Dermatology, Canadian Dermatology Association, The American Cancer Society and the American Medical Association.

DHA is restricted to external application only. DHA is not recommended for contact to areas of the body surface covered by mucous membrane such as lips, eyes and nostrils. If desired, proper eye, nose & mouth protection are available. Chap stick on the lips during your spray tan sessions is advised.

The Norvell® tanning solution has been extensively tested and is very safe and all skin types.

Should I wear a filtering mask when spraying?

Norvell® sunless solutions contain no known toxins or allergens. It is a food grade product that has no known detrimental effects on the body. However, as with ANY substance, repeated exposure to, or inhalation of, airborne matter may cause irritation or discomfort. It is recommended that people who will be using the product on a daily basis should wear some sort of air filtering mask to reduce contact.

How long does an Airbrush Tanning session take?

It takes approximately 10 minutes per person; 20 minutes for a “Double Dip”. Your Privé Tanning Technician Hollie, will take the time that we need to make sure your spray tan is perfect. So for Tanning Parties, please plan accordingly to accommodate all of your guests.

What are the benefits of getting an Airbrush tan applied professionally as opposed to DIY?

When you DIY it is not only hard to reach your back and the back of your legs, it is also hard to tell whether you have applied the lotion, cream or spray consistently. DIY options can be ok after many trials of turning orange from using products that react badly with your skin, getting streaky results and missing patches.

With a professional Airbrush tan, your Privé Tanning Technician Hollie, will be able to evenly and quickly apply a solution that will work well with your skin.

What is the difference between a custom Airbrush tan & a Booth spray tan?

Booth spray tans and custom spray tans are the most popular ways to get a full body spray tan. Spray tan booths usually spray your entire body in about 3 minutes. This is a quick way to obtain a tan, but the results are usually far from flawless. Booth sprays tans distribute the same amount of solution to each area of the body so there is no customization. Typically faces end up too dark and legs are not dark enough. Tiny, freckled looking spots are usually visible after a booth spray as well. It is highly recommended that spending a little extra money on a custom spray tan because the results will be drastic. A custom Airbrush tan is the closest thing you can get to a flawless, natural-looking glow. Your Prive Tanning Technician, Hollie will customize each spray to your desire. Whether you are looking for a light, even looking, sun-kissed tone or want certain areas of your body darker than others to hide imperfections, Hollie will customize each area of your body to your liking. Every appointment will start with a full-body consultation.

Why not just use a regular tanning bed?

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, tanning with UV light can lead to premature skin aging (wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots, and more), as well as skin cancer. Unlike Tanning beds, Airbrush tans are not in any way, harmful for your skin. Plus an Airbrush tan provides instant colour in the comfort of your own home! When applied correctly, your tan will not leave you red or peeling. Even stretch marks, cellulite, and bruises look much better after a spray tan!

Is Airbrush tanning messy?

No. A 7” x 4” x 4” spray tan tent and extraction fan will be set up in your home. The HVLP sprayer produces a very precise spray and any over spray is caught in the tent and extraction fan. There is a faint smell of almond and raspberries, and that is all.

Is it OK for people of any age to spray tan?

Yes it is. However, a signature is require and presence of the parent or guardian for those under 18. Also, it is required they are clothed in either swim trunks for males or bikini for females (or equivalent clothing).

How do I prepare for an Airbrush session?

For the maximum result, before your session, SHOWER and EXFOLIATE the skin. Your skin MUST be clean from all lotions, oils, perfumes, deodorants or any product on the skin that would create a barrier or cause the tan to develop unevenly and remove all jewellery. These items act as barriers and can even turn your tan green. For more details, please see my Pre and Post Tan section.

Can I wear deodorant, moisturizer or makeup before my Airbrush tan?

No. Many deodorants will stop spray tanning solution going through. Some others will turn the armpits green. Few moisturizers and makeup products can act as a barrier, not letting the full amount of the solution to attach itself to the skin.

When should I exfoliate?

You should exfoliate before every sunless session. Using a mild shower gel/exfoliant can be done one day prior to the session. You should allow at least 8 hours between body scrub use and the Airbrush tanning session. If you have extremely dry skin, or problem areas it is recommended using a salt scrub. If using salt scrub, this must be done 24-48 hours prior to the session, otherwise the oils within the salt scrub will effect the sunless results.

Should I wax or shave before or after I get an Airbrush tan?

Whether you shave or wax is completely up to you, both should be done before the application of the tan. Ideally shaving should be done at least 8 hours before and waxing at least the day before. When waxing ensure that all wax is removed otherwise the tan will stick to the wax and will appear very dark where the wax has not been removed.

You will be sprayed with the solution containing cosmetic bronzer so it is best to shave or wax one or two days before, as the bronzer gets into the newly created pores and can give you “spotty” look. Shaving after the application will take off some of your tan with the hair, so shave when you really need to and ensure that your blade is sharp.

Do I have to be naked?

You may wear whatever you feel comfortable in whether you wear nothing, underwear, a g-string or your swimming suit is completely up to you. Disposable thongs are available in which you can use if you would feel more comfortable. You may also want to take into account clothing that you will be wearing over the next few days. For example, if you are getting a tan for a special occasion and want to wear a bra during  your tan session, then think about the style of dress you will be wearing. If you want to wear a strapless dress, you want to wear a strapless bra to avoid tan lines. Ensure any clothing that is worn immediately after the application of the tan is dark in colour to prevent the risk of staining it. After your tan wear loose preferably cotton clothing.

Will I see instant results?

Yes! You will receive an immediate, all natural looking tan that will continue to develop and become darker over the next 6 to 12 hours. The immediate colour you see when your tan is applied is a cosmetic bronzer. The cosmetic bronzer is a water-soluble colour that is immediately visible during the session and it will wash off during the first shower. The DHA bronze tan beneath. Ingredients used in sunless cosmetic bronzers are similar to those used in cosmetic foundations or bronzing powders. Some of the bronze colour may rub off on clothing or bed sheets but will come out in the wash. If you prefers darker initial results, a darker cosmetic effect can be made by adding Wonder Drops™ to the solution prior to the session.

How long does a spray tan take to dry?

Norvell® Solution should dry enough to re-dress in 8-12 minutes. This time can be reduced by “blow drying” the skin. Keep in mind the the tan needs to “set”, and the process will take about an hour. It is best to wear loose fitting clothes and flip flops after your session, to make sure nothing rubs off.

Will I be sticky after being sprayed?

It is normal for there to be a slight sticky feel immediately following the session. Norvell® solutions are formulated to be the fastest drying formula available. You should feel completely dry and non-tacky within 8-12 minutes following the application.

How many days will an Airbrush Tan last?

Skin naturally wants to shed its top layer on average every 7 days depending on the shape it’s in. The more hydrated and moisturized it is, the longer a tan will last. Typically a spray tan will last anywhere from 5-10 days. Exfoliating prior to a sunless tanning application and keeping skin moisturized afterwards are essential. Sunless tan-extending products with a light self-tanning bronzer, like Jergen’s Natural Glow, help hydrate skin and maintain even, natural-looking colour longer.

Will an Airbrush Tan come off on my clothes?

To minimize the chance of the cosmetic bronzer transferring to clothing, it is recommended that you wear loose-fitting, darker clothes after your spray session, ensure that you have the tan applied the day before you wear any light clothing and remember to shower twice to ensure the cosmetic bronzer has washed off. Try to refrain from physical exertion that could result in you sweating until you shower and wash off the cosmetic bronzer.

Will the Airbrush solution stain my hair?

Most people will not see any affect on the colour of their hair. If you have light blonde, gray or platinum hair you may see some discolouration from the cosmetic bronzers initially, however, this colour will wash out with the first shower after the session. If you prefer you can wear a hair cap, but it is not necessary.

How long should I wait after the Airbrush Tan before I shower?

Airbrush tanning solutions take about 16 hours to fully develop. You will receive the best results if you can avoid bathing until the day after their sunless session. If you must bathe, you should wait a minimum of 8 hours after the application. Showering any sooner will diminish the intensity of the tan.

If showering prior to the 16 hour post application recommendation, a simple rinse with water only, is best. Soap destroys DHA. Delayed bathing allows the DHA bronzer sufficient time to complete its reaction with the amino acids (proteins) within the skin.

Why is keeping skin moisturized essential to maintain great sunless results?

It is important to keep skin moisturized after sunless tanning as dry, flaky skin will slough off faster and colour will fade sooner. You basically want to slow down your body’s natural exfoliation process.

What about the after-odour often associated with sunless tanning?

Norvell® uses the newest technology in odour inhibitors to encapsulate the odour causing agents commonly associated with DHA products. They then blend the fragrance with DHA in a manor which allows the pleasant fragrance of raspberry and almonds to come through, eliminating the dreaded “sunless smell”.

How can I prevent patchy or uneven wear-off?

A daily application of a colour extending moisturizer will extend the look of the tan. This bronzing booster will also reduce the appearance of uneven wear and patchiness.

Gradual self tanning moisturizers like Jergens Natural Glow™ contain low levels of DHA bronzer to extend the look of any sunless tan.

Will I turn orange or have streaks?

Definitely NOT! All Norvell® Products have perfectly blended their solutions to give you that “just off the beach” look and will transition smoothly into the DHA colour that will later develop.

The “orange” colour, as it is sometime called, is the result of high pH levels within the skin. A professional spray tan with modern tanning agents avoids this, and streakiness is caused by improper application of home tanning creams and sprays – which is why you should always let a professional (like Hollie) apply your tan. Prior to your application, your Privé Tanning Technician will spray you with Norvell® xLaTan™ pH Balancing prep spray to balance your skin’s pH levels. Privé guarantee a streak free and natural looking tan that you will never have to rub in or be bothered with. Make sure to exfoliate before your service and follow the instructions!

How long after Airbrush tanning should I wait to enjoy a pool/spa/ocean?

It is recommended to avoid these situations for the first 48 hours following your spray tan. Chlorinated pools & spas can increase the rate in which the skin exfoliates causing the tan to wear and fade.

Is it okay to get an Airbrush tan if pregnant or nursing?

Typically, it is safe to use tanning lotion while you are pregnant however do consult with your physician before your visit. The active ingredient Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is a three-carbon sugar that is non-toxic and therefore is not harmful to you or your baby. DHA works by interacting with your dead skin cells to produce brown pigment called melanoidin. DHA does not go beyond this layer of cells and is not absorbed into the body. Skin is constantly shedding dead skin cells and renewing itself, and so the tan fades as this happens. But DHA is not approved for “atomized inhalation”. Privé offers disposable masks and recommend you wear them.

Will an Airbrush tan cause freckles in people who usually freckle when tanning?

No. There is nothing in the tanning solution that will cause more freckles to break out. In fact, in most cases, freckles and blemishes will become less pronounced because the lighter skin areas will darken and reduce the colour differentiation between the blemishes and the rest of the skin.

Is an Airbrush tan safe for a diabetic person?

DHA is a chemical derived from glycerin and was first used in the treatment of diabetes, as some diabetics are better able to tolerate DHA than glucose in their treatment! So basically, yes you can have a sunless spray tan. I have received no feedback from any medical authority that would indicate a risk to a diabetic person, however, as you would before using any product on a diabetic person, I recommend each customer consult their physician before receiving an application.

Does the solution cause a change in the affected areas of someone with Vitiligo?

Yes. Norvell® sunless solution do work on the affected areas, however, it is important to remember the skin that is lighter “tans” and the unaffected skin areas also tan, therefore they will remain different colours. While both areas do achieve a sunless tan, they will appear “two toned” when finished. Norvell® colour is a blend of the natural skin colour and the sunless colour. Clients looking to darken only the lighter skin will need to take care and apply solution to these areas only, and may be best served with any of the retail self-tanning applications available from Norvell.

Will an Airbrush Tan protect me from UV sun rays?

No. Although your skin looks like it is well protected, Norvell® solutions do NOT contain any SPF. It is very important to remember to use a sunscreen with SPF to prevent sun damage.

Should I allow the skin to rest between Airbrush spray sessions?

It is recommended that after every 5 weeks of spray tanning, you allow your skin to rest for 10 days. This allows you to completely loose your tan periodically which eliminates patchiness or uneven areas of wear. These areas are caused by normal contact with clothing and other surfaces which cause additional exfoliation.

What are the ingredients?

Aloe Vera in Purified De-Mineralized Water, Dihyroxyacetone (Eco-Cert DHA), Ethanol, Erythrulose, Caffeine, Copper, Glycerine, Acacia Senegal Gum & Hydrolyzed Rhizobiam Gum (Skin Firming), Vitamin Complex (A, C & E), Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, AstraCranTM(Cranberry Seed Extract), AquaxylITM, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Sorbitol, Fragrance/Odor Control, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, FD&C Red #40, Red #33, Green #5 and Yellow #5

Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis): This ingredient is an extract from the Aloe Vera plant. Aloe Vera has exceptional oxygenation (the ability to draw and hold oxygen to the skin) properties, making it very effective for cellular renewal. Having the same pH as human skin, it is also extremely soothing and protective.

Dihydroxyacetone (DHA): This skin browning effect is non-toxic, and similar to the Maillard reaction. It is more commonly seen in the food preparation industry, and was described in 1912 by Louis Camille Maillard. DHA reacts chemically with the amino acid groups, which are part of the protein containing keratin layer on the skin surface.

Various amino acids react differently to DHA, producing different tones of coloration from yellow to brown. The resulting pigments are called melanoidins. These are similar in coloration to melanin, the natural substance in the deeper skin layers which brown or “tan”, from exposure to UV rays.

Ethanol: Ethanol has widespread use as a solvent of substances intended for human contact or consumption, including scents, flavourings, colourings, and medicines. In chemistry, it is both an essential solvent and a feedstock for the synthesis of other products.

Erythrulose: It is a natural ketose obtained by bio-fermentation. When used in combination with Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), it leads to uniform tanning of the skin and provides longer lasting colour.

Caffeine: Caffeine is a heterocyclic organic compound that energizes the skin. Caffeine may help protect against skin cancer.

Copper: It is a necessity for tyrosinase activity. Facilitates melanin production. Copper has additional benefits to skin and hair, showing an enhanced ability to bind moisture to maintain a healthy appearance.

Glycerin: This humectant protects and seals moisture on the skin surface. It is widely used in products as a moisturizing agent.

Acacia Senegal Gum & Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum: Two natural, sustainable ingredients of vegetable origin and visible efficacy help impart a tactile tightening effect and lifted appearance.

Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate): A potent antioxidant and very effective free-radical scavenger, is especially beneficial for dry or damaged skin. Vitamin A helps prevent skin dryness and scaliness by hydrating and softening the skin, keeping it healthy, clear, and infection resistant. Known as “the skin vitamin”, it acts as a keratinization regulator, helping to improve the skin’s texture, firmness, and smoothness. It is used for anti-aging products due to is ability to stimulate new cell production, which is enhanced when combined with vitamin E. When Vitamin A is incorporated into skin care products at adequate levels, it will increase cell proliferation in the epidermis, stimulate fibroblasts to produce elastin and collagen, and induce new blood vessels to grow, all of which result in healthier and younger looking skin.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): An antioxidant vitamin that helps neutralize free radicals. It has been clinically shown to reverse photo-aging (wrinkles and age spots) and boost the skin’s collagen productions for smoother and firmer skin. In addition, Vitamin C inhibits UVA and UVB radiation-induced damage, also resulting in younger looking skin.

Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate): An antioxidant that helps lipid per-oxidation in cells and tissues. It helps neutralize free radicals to prevent and diminish fine lines and wrinkles while it also softens skin and moisturizes from within. Some research shows that Vitamin E can help maintain the skin’s connective tissue, helping it stay smooth and elastic.

Propylene Glycol: It is an aliphatic alcohol that is used as a skin conditioning agent and humectant and is a solvent for preservatives (Parabens), essential oils, flavours, and fragrances.

Polysorbate 20: A versatile oil-in-water emulsifier, very water-soluble. It is excellent solubilizer for essential oils. It is also a viscosity modifier in shampoos, liquid soaps and conditioners.

AstraCranTm (Cranberry Seed Extract): Extract of the cranberry fruit. Natural components known as proanthocyanidins are responsible for this extract’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

AquaxylTm: Aquaxyl is an active ingredient responsible for moisturizing and restructuring your delicate skin. It improvement the skin’s overall moisture balance, with increased water content and reserve. Aquaxyl™ also builds a barrier to limit water loss. It will make your skin will look and feel smoother and more supple.

Panthenol (Vitamin B Complex): Panthenol is Pro-Vitamin B5, which is part of the B-complex group. It is essential in the synthesis of lipids and proteins. Panthenol is used as a deep-penetrating skin moisturizer.

Sorbitol: A sugar found in many berries. It is a humectant that leaves a silky velvety feeling to skin.

Fragrance (odor control): An aromatic blend employing essential oils of natural origin, of synthetic origin, or both.

Phenethyl alcohol: Phenethyl alcohol is an alcohol with a pleasant floral odour. It is therefore a common ingredient in flavours and perfumery.

Caprylyl Glycol: Skin-conditioning agent that may be plant-derived or synthetic.

Citric Acid (Vitamin C): Derived from citrus fruits. Natural astringent and antioxidant properties. Also used as a natural preservative and pH regulator.

FD&C Red #40: A certified Monoazo colorant, soluble in water and permitted for use in food, drug, and cosmetic products.

FD&C Red #33: A certified Monoazo colorant permitted for the use in drugs and cosmetics but not in foods. This ingredient is a colorant used to color finished formulas.

FD&C Yellow #5: This ingredient is a colorant used to colour finished formulas.