This is a question I get asked every so often and it’s not really an easy “yes” or “no” answer, as it requires some knowledge as to what ingredients are in a spray tan and how a spray tan really works.
When first visiting Air-Tan, we have everyone sign a customer registration form. On this form is a release stating that the client understands that an Air-Tan will not last forever. The color starts to fade as the skin naturally exfoliates so we cannot guarantee how long it will last on your skin – although typically our tans last from 7-10 days on the average person. Personally, mine last almost a full 14 days. This waiver also lists every single ingredient in our solution.
The list of ingredients can look kind of scary at first. Polysorbate-20? What in the world is that? Just a conditioner. It is edible and used in foods like salad dressing and ice cream. How many times in your life have you really seen or used the word dihydroxyacetone? Before I worked here, I had heard it zero times in my life. Dihydroxyacetone is commonly referred to as DHA. It is the active ingredient in ALL self-tanners and it works by reacting with the natural amino acids found on your skin to create your own individualized shade of tan. DHA is derived from plants – sugar cane or sugar beets. Of course, we don’t have a whole sugar cane in our solution bottle when we spray you – which means the plant source must go through a chemical process to make it DHA.
This is why the organic/non-organic question is a tricky one. I guess it depends on your definition of organic…but it is important to know that because of this reason, no spray tan is completely organic because of the process that DHA has to go through to make it DHA. But you can also rest easy knowing that DHA has been FDA approved for over 50 years. It does not penetrate the top layer of your skin, therefore it does not go into your body – just onto it. We provide a full ventilation system during your tan, disposable underwear, face masks, hair nets, and even nose plugs for extra peace of mind if you want to make sure you are completely covered.
Although we have been here for over 9 years and all we have ever done is spray tanning, a lot of people are relatively new to the concept. If you are an Air-Tan newbie and ever have any questions about our solution – we are all knowledgeable and would love to help you understand the benefits of our product.