Airbrush Tan

Service Education

Airbrush Glow

At Seattle Sugar Spa we strive for the most natural looking tan possible, keeping in mind that extreme shade changes will never appear natural. Our philosophy is enhancing our clients’ pre-existing natural beauty.

Glowing Golden Skin Without Damage

You will notice your skin is a darker shade immediately. Unlike tanning beds and harsher chemical lines, our product is as natural as possible and promotes overall skin health.

Make sure your skin is clean and free of all lotions, oils, makeup, medicine, etc. If you would like to match tan lines to a specific outfit or bathing suit, please bring the article of clothing with you. We do not recommend light colored fabrics for this purpose.

To maintain your healthy sugar glow, we recommend a visit every 10 – 14 days (2 weeks).

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Common Questions

Will the tan appear fake, unnatural, or artificial?

We strive for the most natural looking tan possible, keeping in mind that extreme shade changes will never appear natural. Our philosophy is enhancing our clients’ pre-existing natural beauty. We strive at all times to encourage our clients’ greatest skin health and guide them towards educated decisions that benefit their overall appearance.

Is the product ‘Natural’?

Yes. The active ingredient that causes the color change in the skin is derived from sugar. The formulation we use has the fewest possible ingredients and all of them are food grade and/or natural.

Will an Airbrush Tan provide sun protection?

No. “Tan Effect” is a chemical reaction happening in the very outer layer of the skin. The melanin (pigment) producing cells in the live layer of the skin are not affected and therefore no sun protection is provided. We recommend a healthy dose of sunscreen at all times when exposing skin to the sun’s rays.

What areas of the body can be airbrush tanned?

All body parts can be airbrushed. Bearing in mind that areas with greater exfoliation and general friction will lose color faster. For even color maintenance, we recommend our self-tanning sunless lotion.

Tell me about your self-tanning sunless lotion.

No harsh ingredients. Some of our ingredients include: Aloe Vera Juice, Sugar Cane, Apple Fruit Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, and Camellia Seed Extract (Squalene, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Vitamin E). This product is cruelty-free and vegan. Made in the USA.

How often should I maintain my tan and how long will the tan last?

How quickly the tan will fade varies from person to person, but the average frequency for most will be every 10 – 14 days (2 weeks).

How do I maintain my tan and extend its life?

Keep the skin well hydrated and avoid harsh chemicals (chlorine, etc) to help extend the life of the airbrush tan. Also, avoid over-exfoliation of the tanned areas.

Will it stain clothing, linens, and other fabric?

We recommend wearing loose, dark clothing when you come for your tan. For a short period immediately following your session, the bronzing agent can transfer to light colored fabrics. Plan your day accordingly.

How long do I leave the product on before showering?

We recommend 4 – 6 hours for the tan to fully develop.

What is the percentage of active ingredient?

The active ingredient is DHA (Dihydroxyacetone), which is derived from sugar. Its approximate percentage is 10%. Solutions with a higher percentage will look more orange on the skin.

Are there different levels and/or shades of darkness?

Generally speaking, no. If you want to achieve a deeper tan, you can schedule multiple appointments close together. Keep in mind, however, that the potential to have your skin appear more orange is significantly increased.

Will my skin be tan immediately after application?

You will notice your skin is a darker shade immediately. There is a food grade bronzing agent in the solution that allows the technician to see where they have already applied product. It also gives you an immediate tan look. The actual tan will develop over the next 4 – 6 hours. The bronzing agent will wash off in your first shower, revealing your true tan shade.

Will it damage my skin?

Unlike tanning beds and harsher chemical lines, our product is as natural as possible and promotes overall skin health.

Can I wear makeup, exfoliate, and/or exercise after my session?

We do not recommend anything that will remove the product from your skin prior to a minimum of 4.5 hours after your session. You may apply makeup over the product. Please do not wear any makeup to your session if you would like your face to be tanned.

How do I prepare for my tan?

Make sure your skin is clean and free of all lotions, oils, makeup, medicine, etc. If you would like to match tan lines to a specific outfit or bathing suit, please bring the article of clothing with you. We do not recommend light colored fabrics for this purpose.

Can I shave right before my tan?

We always recommend sugaring over shaving, but if you must shave it is best to do so at least 24 – 48 hours prior to your tan. Due to the nature of how shaving affects the skin, you may see striping or discoloration in the final tan.

How long do I have to wait between sugaring and airbrush tanning?

This can vary from client to client. It will depend on the type of hair removed and the part of the body. Because sugaring is a gentle method of hair removal, as soon as the follicles have returned to normal we can proceed with an airbrush tan. Typically, this is between 10 minutes and 24 hours.

Schedule Your Appointment Online

Easily register with Seattle Sugar Spa to schedule services at your convenience.