Airbrush Tanning

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated November 8, 2012)

Summertime is rolling around, the sun is coming out, trips to the beach are in order. When you're getting ready to head out to the beach or the swimming pool, you want to look your summer best. You want your bathing suit to be a knockout, your abs to be rock hard and flat, and your skin to have a stunning bronze quality to it. Getting tan is a very common goal of many people during the summer; however, there are many arguments against tanning. These arguments against getting tan the natural way include the harmful effects of UV rays, the fact that some people just don't get tan by the sun, and tanning beds can have similar effects to natural UV radiation. If you want to get tan, but don't want to use the sun to do it, you can try artificial tanning. Airbrush tanning is one of those artificial tanning methods you can try.

Airbrush tanning is basically spraying on a tan color onto the skin. Professional airbrush tanning stays longer than other at-home methods, and usually requires certain regulations in its application. Regulating its application is necessary for a couple different reasons: You'll need protection against internal exposure to the airbrush tanning solution, and airbrush tanning also falls under the category of esthetics, which is the use of outside tools for the manipulation of, application of creams and lotions to, and exfoliation of the skin to better the health and beauty of the skin. Airbrush tanning needs to be approached with some degree of caution, for these very reasons.

Some may wonder about the health hazards surrounding airbrush tanning, and according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the primary chemical used in airbrush tanning is harmless when exposure is external; if exposure in internal, then there can be health problems. When you're getting an airbrush tan, you need to be careful about your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. When getting an airbrush tan, you should wear goggles to protect your eyes, ear plugs for your ears, a nose plug for your nose, and some kind of coating like lip balm for your lips and mouth.

Airbrush tanning is a great alternative to tanning with UV rays, but it should be approached with caution and preparation. If you can go to a professional and take the precautions necessary to ensure a safe airbrush, then you'll be able to have a great pseudo tan for the summer!

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