The active ingredient is dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and most airbrushing solutions also contain a further external bronzer which begins to show immediately as soon as they have been sprayed. This aids the application as the areas that have already been treated are visible. Therefore the initial colour of the skin is determined by the formulation of the bronzer used. A poor bronzer formulation can result in those unflattering shades of orange.
Pay attention because here comes the science bit...
The skin is split into two layers: on the outside is what is known as the epidermis and then we have the dermis on the inside.
After a session all the action and reactions occur at the epidermis level, specifically at the stratum corneum layer - the skin cells here are dead buy the way. DHA once applied reacts with the amino acids contained in the dead skin cells to give rise to a brown pigment called melanoidin which is linked by lysine chains to the proteins contained in the skin. It should be noted that DHA does not infiltrate any further than the stratum corneum. The down side to this reaction is that dead skin cells are lost everyday and more sessions are needed.
Solutions used in these systems very rarely contain any sunscreens to protect the skin from UV exposure and do not help in the production of vitamin D. So remember to apply a sunscreen when you decide to go out.What are the Pros and Cons of Airbrush Tanning?
Let us look at the pros:
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Q - (Based in San Francisco) I have a question more than a comment. But I am sure there are other women
out there who are also wondering the same thing. So I would like to start
tanning using the Airbrush method. But do that I have to stand in a booth
and have the cream sprayed on me. I can't select the different areas I want
to be tanned with means my face will also be sprayed with the cream.
Now the complicated part.
I have acne, adult acne, not severe but enough to have applying acne medication and avoiding all cosmetics with Oil in them. Would spray tanning increase my risk of breaking out. Will it interact with the bleaching ingredients which might be found in my acne medication?
A - Finding the answer to this question has been interesting and tricky, but this
the advice I have received:
From medical specialists, I have been told that most tanning products will not help your skin condition so it is best not to use it on your face. They could not be more specific than that because they do not know what acne treatment you are using.
On the positive side, I have found a product that, according to the manufacturers of the product, will be safe to use on your face regardless of what medication you are using for your acne.
The product is called MagicTan (MagicTan is not affiliated in any way with pinkfridge.com). It is produced in New Zealand but is widely available in the United States the United Kingdom and many parts of the world. If you do want to have the airbrush tan done, I would suggest that you have it done at a professional salon and one that uses MagicTan. I would also suggest that you let them know upfront that you have acne and tell them about the medication you are using.
The advice we got from the manufacturers in New Zealand is that the product is safe and the only effect your acne medication may have (if you are using a tablet) is that the tan can sometimes come out a little patchy (but that also depends on the person). This obviously means that it will not effect acne medication applied externally.
I hope this helps. Please let us know if you want us to do more research for you.
NOTE - Please understand on completing this reseach we were only able to get a precise answer to the question from MagicTan at the time of the enquiries. This does not mean that MagicTan is the only product that is the solution to the question raised.