Aruba Tan Sunless Airbrush Tanning
Frequently Asked Questions... Airbrush Tanning Questions
Why get an Aruba Tan Airbrush Sunless Tan?
Now more than ever, many people simply don't have the time to lie in the sun and "work" on a deep dark tan. Aruba Tan Airbrush Tanning delivers a believable, natural-looking "tan of the islands" without the sun! Our highly effective formula is fast-acting and long-lasting. Get an Aruba Tan before your next big event and all your friends will be asking, "Where did you get that great tan?" Besides the convenience of Aruba Tan, plain and simple, the alternative — exposure to the sun / UV rays is dangerous!

How long does an Aruba Tan last?
Depending on a person's activities and skin type, the tan lasts approximately 5-7 days (up to 10 for some people). With follow up applications, a person can maintain the tan indefinitely. Using Ultimate Tan Refreshment Tanning Extender (with DHA and Erythrulose) on the skin daily will help extend tanning results while keeping the tan looking healthy and glowing. A sunless tan is not a long term commitment, so it is great to try for the first time!

What is the difference between being airbrushed and using cream or lotion sunless tanners at home?
Imagine the difference between finger painting your car and using an airbrush to paint it. Even with the greatest of care, and help from a friend to get all the places you cannot reach, you can't duplicate the even consistency and natural look of an airbrushed tan.

What is the advantage of Aruba Tan airbrush tanning over UV tanning?
Airbrush tanning is an alternative form of tanning. People with sensitive skin or people who have a hard time tanning, be it natural or in tanning beds will find this form of tanning very comforting. One application with airbrush tanning will be equivalent to approximately 6 tanning bed sessions, there for making it cost effective. Airbrush tanning also spares the skin of excessive wear and tear and free from potential burns caused by the sun or tanning beds.

How do I prepare for a Aruba Tan tanning session?
For the maximum result, before your session, shower and exfoliate the skin. Make sure your skin is free of perfumes, lotions, oils, deodorants, gels or any product on the skin that would create a barrier. Also, remove all jewelry(and don't put it back on until a few hours after your tan)!

What should I wear?
Attire for women is whatever you are comfortable with. Many things can be done to minimize tan lines. The key is your comfort level. Attire for men is boxers, swim trunks or shorts. Your tanning specialist will use the utmost discretion. Loose fitting clothing should be worn for leaving the facility. We have found that DHA reacts with wool, nylon, and silk. These fabrics should not be worn during or immediately following your tanning session.

Can an Aruba Tan be removed?
The color produced by a sunless tanning product like Aruba Tan does not wash off; it simply fades as the upper layers of the epidermis wear away. You can try to speed the exfoliation process by gently scrubbing the skin with a washcloth or loofah sponge. DO NOT OVER SCRUB! It may take a week or more for the "tanned" skin to disappear.

Is Aruba Tan safe?
YES! According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most effective products available are sunless or self-tanning products that contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) as the active ingredient. DHA has been used in cosmetic preparations for almost 30 years and was listed with the FDA in 1973. It is declared safe and suitable for use in cosmetics and drugs used to color the skin. DHA is derived from glycerin (vegetable origin), which is a commonly used cosmetic and food ingredient. DHA is not absorbed into the body and poses no possibility of toxicity.

What if a person normally can't get very tan?
A person CAN get a sunless tan even if they can't get a real tan. Aruba Tan does not need a person's melanocytes to be in working order. Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), the active ingredient in Aruba Tan, saturates the dead skin cells in the outermost layer of skin, where it turns the protein in the dead cells golden tan.

Any other benefits of using Aruba Tan?
Fast, convenient, safe and effective. Have a date, a party or just want to go sleeveless? Aruba Tan today, look great tonight. Did you know that a tan physique gives you a slimmer appearance? That's right, not to mention a very healthy glow. Get the bronzed, sexy look all of Hollywood is sporting without the harmful, aging effects of the sun.

Can a person UV tan on top of an Aruba Tan?
Of course! But just remember that the Aruba Tan does not provide any sunscreen protection, so you should apply sunscreen accordingly. With an Aruba Tan Airbrush Tan, your skin will appear tan, even though it's not. This is an artificial tan. There is no Sun Protection Factor (SPF) in the Aruba Tan Airbrush Tan, so your skin is still exposed and vulnerable to the sun. If you choose to expose your skin to UV rays either from the sun or a tanning bed, it is important to use a lotion with SPF to protect you from the sun's harmful rays.

Normally I freckle in the sun... will Aruba Tan cause freckles?
No. Aruba Tan tanning solutions will not cause more freckles. In fact, in most cases, freckles and blemishes will become LESS obvious because the lighter skin areas will darken and reduce the color differential between these areas and the rest of the skin.

What if I have a bald spot?
No fear, your Aruba Tan technician can give a light spray to your bald spot too!

Why isn't there any SPF in Aruba Tan Airbrush Tans?
Applied correctly, the protection in any sun block will at most last 4-8 hours. Since Aruba Tan Airbrush Tans lasts for 5-7 days (up to 10 for some people), adding SPF would not provide protection for the life of your tan and could be misleading. Aruba Tan tanning solutions and body care products do not contain a sunscreen and do not protect against sunburn. Repeated exposure of unprotected skin while UV tanning may increase the risk of skin aging, skin cancer and other harmful effects to the skin even if you do not burn.

Will an Aruba Tan cover up or harm my tattoos?
No. Aruba Tan solutions will not harm tattoos, but if you have yellow or light tones, it can temporarily darken the color a bit, until your Aruba Tan fades.

If you don’t want that to happen, just cover the tattoo lightly with moisturizer lotion BEFORE your Aruba Tan.

How long after the application can I go in water or sweat?
We recommend about 8 hours. Sunless tan longevity varies from person to person and according to your lifestyle. Long exposure to water will fade your Aruba Tan. Your outer cells will start to soak up water, which dilutes the effect of the tan. The longer you are in the water, the lighter your tan will get. Having an Aruba Tan weekly maintenance tan allows the tan to saturate the skin better. The tan will then hold up longer in water. Be sure to moisturize every day, this helps maintain the tan.

How can I minimize exfoliation from hot tubs, swimming pools and the ocean after I get an Aruba Tan?
After your tan has developed and after your first post-tan shower, you can minimize water activity exfoliation by liberally and frequently apply a good, strong waterproof sunscreen (such as Bullfrog, Iguana, Blue Lizard or others) before submersing yourself. These are very durable brands and can help protect your tan from fading.

Can pregnant or nursing mothers get an Aruba Tan?
The concern some doctors have is over whether or not the active ingredient (DHA) is able to enter the blood stream; the indications are that it cannot. DHA only penetrates the outtermost of the skin. However, if the client is still concerned they should consult their physician first. FYI: DHA has been used as a cosmetic ingredient in the United States since 1960 and no problems have ever been reported concerning DHA penetrating the skin, or causing problems during pregnancy.

Will Aruba Tan stain my pajamas or sheets?
The color guide will wash off your skin after your first post-tan shower. But until then, the color application guide in Aruba Tan will stain some fabrics (For example: nylon, silk, wool and polyester). However, a good soaking in water will usually lift the stain from the fabric. Most fabrics and materials are completely safe — if the Aruba Tan color rubs off on any other fabric it will simply wash out. Many have reported that the Oxy cleaning products, like Clorox's non-bleach Oxygen Action, do a great job. FYI: two commonly reported causes of the color guide coming off are both on bed sheets — excess sweat from menopausal hot flashes and those who drool on their own face while they sleep.

Why do I need an exfoliator — why can't I use a loofa or shower puff?
Using an exfoliator insures smoother softer skin for the Aruba Tan airbrush tan application, resulting in an even and longer lasting tan. If you do not use an exfoliator, you will be tanning skin that is about to fall off and your tan will disappear more quickly. Loofas and puffs do not conform to the body and will result in an uneven exfoliation and can create a "zebra" look to your Aruba Tan airbrush tan.

Should I shave before or after the Aruba Tan application?
Shaving is a form of exfoliation so you should shave about 8 hours before the application. Shaving after will take off some of your tan, so shave before. After your application, be sure to use a new razor as old dull blades can mar your reuslts.

If I have the Aruba Tan airbrushed under my arms should I remove any deodorant?
Yes. For the best result remove deodorant and moisturize under arm. Wait 3 hours to reapply deodorant. It may turn green when deodorant is reapplied. If so, the green will rinse off in the shower.

I like my Aruba Tan but I want it darker.
Aruba Tan recommends that Ultimate Tan Refreshment Tan Extender be applied at night to receive the maximum color. The Ultimate Tan Refreshment Tan Extender needs a minimum of 3 hours to deposit on the skin, however, the longer it is left on the darker it will get If you want it darker, reapply 3 nights consecutively.

I like my Aruba Tan just the way it is — how do I keep it?
Make sure you moisturize every day. For optimum results, alternate Caribbean Smoothie and Ultimate Tan Refreshment to keep your Aruba Tan at the desired shade, have a maintenance tan every 5-7 days (up to 10 for some people) according to your liking.
  Always use a new shaving razor after your tan.
Always come to your appointments freshly showered and exfoliated.
Do not apply any moisturizers before your Aruba Tan appointment.
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