If you’ve gotten enough spray tans, you may have noticed that some tans can come off more unevenly than other ones. Let me explain why that happens:
The active ingredient in airbrush tanning solution is DHA (dihydroxyacetone), which is what turns your skin the beautiful bronze color. The DHA reacts with the skin cells on the top layers of your skin. As your skin naturally exfoliates, these dead skin cells shed, and with it, goes your tan as well. It is important to note that not all skin cells shed at the same rate. You may have some cells that remain or last longer than others. (The result of this is an appearance of dark spots that looks similar to freckles, or giraffe-print.) This has no correlation to your airbrush technician or the solution. Keep in mind that this process tends to be a bit more noticeable when you choose a shade significantly darker than your natural skin color.
This is why it is so important to exfoliate prior to your tan. It is the best way to prevent an unevenly fading tan, since you are removing a layer of dead skin cells before your tan is applied.
Our Air-Tan Body Scrub and the Exfoliating Bath Mitt are the best products to use prior to your tan, as they will exfoliate your skin completely and make a great canvas for your tan. Come in and grab one (or both!) before your next tan and see what a difference it can make!