YUP! I did it! I went both sunless and naked in the new Versa Spa on Saturday. Let me tell you, seeing is believing! I met up with the lovely Vanessa C. from DCOH last week and saw her amazing glow. Ha! I thought she just came back from a vacation. Nope! She told me about the new Versa Spa sunless tanning equipment at her local Palm Beach Tan. She looked beyond BEAUTIFUL! It was great! No orange glow or streaks. Just healthy, sexy glowing skin! I was hesitant to try this out due to past experiences but I am so glad I did. I mean who looks good in wrinkles right?
How does Airbrush Tanning Work? Tanning solutions contain DHA (dihydroxyacetone) as the main tanning ingredient. DHA, when applied to the skin, will blend in and work with the proteins and amino acids in the top layer of your skin to form a nice bronze tan, similar to tanning in the sun. Your skin will begin to darken within 3 to 4 hours after application but will reach peak color at 24 hours after application. Your tan will last from five to ten days, depending on your skin type and activity level.
How do I need to prepare for my tanning sessions ? Preparation of your skin is key to your airbrush tan. Prior to your tan you need to shower, shave and exfoliate your skin. Make sure to use a non-moisturizing soap, such as Ivory or Dial. We suggest you shampoo and condition your hair prior to exfoliating your skin. If you wax instead of shave, please do so the day before your tan. After your shower do not use any lotions, perfumes, deodorant, or makeup. You don’t want anything on your skin prior to the tan that will cause a barrier to the solution absorbing properly. Wear or bring dark loose fitting clothing and sandals/flip-flops for after your tan.
How do I maintain my airbrush tan? After your application you cannot get wet or sweat for 5 hours, otherwise you will streak your tan. You must wait a minimum of 5 hours before taking another shower. When you take your first shower, the cosmetic bronzer that is in the solution will come off. Don’t panic, it is not your tan running down the drain. Wash your skin gently, do not exfoliate again until you are ready for the tan to come off or preparing for your next airbrush tan. When you dry off, pat your skin dry, don’t rub. After your shower, moisturize every day, twice a day if possible. You can use any regular moisturizer that you have. Tan extending moisturizers will help keep you tan a little longer. It is vital to your tan to moisturize every day. If you don’t moisturize, your skin will become dry and cause the tan to fade patchy instead of evenly.
Here are a few of the products I purchased:
DAILY COLOR GUARD
A Daily Color Guard infused with Vitamin D3, Caffeine, and Avocado Oil; SunlessPro Body Cleanser is the key element for advanced daily maintenance of your professional or self-applied Sunless Tan. Body Cleanser works by nourishing and cleansing your skin while protecting it from free radicals. Used daily, Body Cleanser will protect your color, leaving your skin fresh and moisturized; extending the life of your Sunless Tan.
DAILY COLOR EXTENDER
A Daily Color Extender infused with Vitamin D3, Caffeine, and Avocado Oil; SunlessPro Post-Tan Moisturizer is the key element for advanced daily maintenance of your professional or self-applied Sunless Tan. Post-Tan Moisturizer works by moisturizing, and revitalizing your skin, while enhancing the depth of your Sunless Tan. Used daily after your shower, Post-Tan Moisturizer will ensure even longer-lasting results.
A 360° Spray infused with Vitamin D3, Caffeine, and Avocado Oil; SunlessPro Tanning Bronzer is the key element for an advanced, self-applied all over Sunless Tan or maintenance of your professional Sunless Tan. Tanning Bronzer can be used at any angle and goes on evenly for professional-looking, streak-free Sunless results. Used in-between professional Sunless Tanning sessions, Tanning Bronzer can enhance and extend the life of your professional Sunless Tan.
Save your skin and go sunless! Hope you love it as much as we do!
Anna Castillo – Celebrity Make-up Artista
Beauty editor for DC on Heels. Anna is a celebrity makeup artist/stylist, active duty air force member and owner of Ink Cosmetics. That’s right, she can karate kick chop you and apply your lashes at the same time. Follow her @inkcosmetics