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Simple Care Tips to Make Your Airbrush Tan Last Longer

Airbrush tans are popular during the summer, but wait ’til you see how popular they get during the fall and winter.

If you want to keep that golden hue to your skin tone throughout the colder months of the year, you will need an alternative to regular “under-the-sun” tanning. Because, well, let’s say no one will be hitting the beach —or their back yard— for a while. Sunless tanning is always a great option, but it is even better this time of year. To whoever came up with the idea: Thank you! You’re the real MVP.

Principles of Airbrush Tanning

Let’s start at the top. How is it that some spray-on solution can make your skin look so good? The tanning solution used for airbrush tans contains Dihydroxyacetone, a.k.a. DHA. This substance interacts with the top layer of your skin, developing a natural-looking tan. It is easy, convenient, and it keeps you from getting sunburned. Jackpot! The application will last about a week, but it can last a little longer if you care for it properly.

Woman out of the shower with towel on her headDon’t Jump in the Shower Right Away

You might feel a little sticky after your airbrush tanning session but don’t be too quick to wash it off. Give it at least a couple of hours before you hit the shower. When you do shower, stay away from scrubs or exfoliants, as they can cause your tan to fade quicker.

Use a Good Moisturizer

Dry skin is not a good place for the tanning solution to be. Make sure you moisturize your skin daily. Drinking enough water is also an excellent tip to keep your skin hydrated and prevent premature fading.

Be Gentle When You Towel Off

After your shower, avoid drying off with scrubbing motions. Patting your skin dry is a much more gentle way to towel off, and it will help preserve your spray tan.


Taking care of your airbrush tan is not rocket science, but it does require consistency if you want to get the results you’re expecting. Now that you know how to care for it, make an appointment to get the best airbrush tan in Boulder.