Before & After Care of a Airbrush Tan

in Wake Forest, Raleigh 
Achieve the best from your sunless tan

Why Choose Norvell®?


Natural Color Results for Any Skin Type.
Norvell® formulations offer a beautiful instant bronze with a smooth transition to a natural DHA tan. Results are natural across a broad spectrum of skin shades and tones.
Not Just a Tan, it’s a Healthy Skin Treatment Too.
Skin firming formula builds and restores the skins’ matrix, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The highly concentrated antioxidant blend combats daily skin damage.
Guaranteed Fast Drying, Non-Sticky and Streak-Free Formula.
No “Orange” Color Development & Odor Inhibitors Control DHA After Tan Odor.
Lasting Results.
Clients can expect 5-7 days of gorgeous Just off the Beach™ color with proper maintenance. An even color fade ensures complete customer satisfaction.

24-48 Hours Prior to Session
Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate.
We cannot over-stress the importance of pre-session exfoliation. 24-hours prior to your appointment, clear away any dry, dead skin cells with a pH balancing scrub such as Norvell® Renewing Sunless Exfoliator™. For extreme areas use a deep exfoliator such as Intensive Detox Salt Scrub™, no less that 24-hours prior to your session.
Protect Your Skins’ pH Levels.
Avoid using bar soaps, high pH shower products, or in shower moisturizers. These products can neutralize the DHA bronzing reaction within the skin.
Hair Removal.
Any depilatory creams, waxing or shaving should be completed 24-hours prior to your session.

Day of Session
Don’t Create Sunless Barriers.
Avoid applying anything to the skin that may act as a barrier between the sunless solution and the skin. Deep penetration of the solution is key to beautiful lasting color. Do not apply lotions, creams, or perfumes prior to session. Use deodorant sparingly.
Remove any make-up prior to the sunless application.
Arrive Prepared.
Wear loose fitting dark colored clothing and remove jewelry. Tight clothing can rub or smear bronzers, especially around the knees, elbows, chest and waist.

Immediately Prior to Session
Optimize pH Levels.
Apply Norvell® Pre Sunless pH Balancing xLaTan™ spray to stabilize the skins’ pH level as well as to provide a quick surge of moisture within the skin. Having the proper skin pH boosts DHA development, speeding result times and resulting in a deeper, darker tan. Having a stable skin pH combats the dreaded “orange effect”.
Forget to exfoliate? Pressed for time?
We recommend using our eXmitt® Pre-tan Body Buff to instantly clear away any dead skin cells, clean the skin of any barriers, and balance the pH level of the skins surface. Infused with our proprietary pH balancing formula, the eXmitt® is designed to gently exfoliated and buff the skin while accelerating DHA color development without the need for water.

After Session Care
Once dry, apply Post Sunless HydroFirm™ Moisturizing Spray to add moisture, seal sunless results and boost the DHA reaction.
You should refrain from showering as long as possible (up to 24-hours). As with all DHA products, sunless color begins showing development approx. 4-hours after application and continues to darken for up to 24-hours. If you must shower during the 4 to 24-hours following the application, WARM WATER RINSE ONLY. The use of soap can inhibit the full development of DHA color. Important: Cosmetic instant bronzers will wash away during the first shower. Pools and spas that utilize chlorine can cause fading.
When showering after 24-hours, use only a mild pH balancing shower gel such as pH Balancing Shower Cleanser™. Refrain from using scrubs or high pH soaps as these will strip away your sunless color.
Extend and build color between sessions with a daily application of Color Extending Pro-Long™  moisturizer.  Need Touch-ups?  Use 4-Faces™ or any other Norvell® self-tanning product between full sessions.

NOTE: The tips listed herein are instructions to achieve the very best sunless tanning results; however, you can still achieve  beautiful just off the beach™ color as a Norvell® walk-in client.AIRBRUSH PREPARATION

Before You Come:
Your skin must be as clean and soft as possible.  Make sure to exfoliate your entire body focusing on the lower half of your legs, toes, elbows, and knuckles.  You can use a scrubbing mitt or loofa.  Use a pumice stone on your feet if necessary.
If you have extremely dry skin, use an oil-based salt scrub exfoliator 36-48 hours prior to your airbrush tan.
Do not use any oil-based products within 24 hours of your airbrush session.
Just before receiving your airbrush tan, shower using a non oil-based exfoliator.
Make sure to shave at least 8 hours before your appointment.
Do not apply any oil, lotion, make-up, or deodorant as they will inhibit the solution from absorbing into the skin.

What To Wear:
Wear dark loose fitting clothing to your appointment.  Do not wear tight under garments, socks, shoes, or other clothing that may rub off the airbrush solution.
During your airbrush tan, you may wear a dark bathing suit, underwear, thong, or whatever you feel comfortable wearing to give you the most bare skin.  Do not wear light colored clothing to avoid staining.
Apply lip balm such as Coco Balm.
You may want to put an old towel on your car seat to avoid staining.

After Your Airbrush Tan:
Do not plan any activities that will cause you to sweat or cause your clothing to rub against your skin for at least 4-8 hours.
Do not bathe or swim for at least 8 hours after your airbrush session.  It is preferable to wait at least 16 hours before using soap.  Use only mild body wash.
Do not use any harsh soaps any time prior or after your airbrush session.
Do not apply lotion for 8-12 hours after your session.  After that, apply only high quality lotion such as Body Drench or Supre Moisturizer twice a day.  These lotions are designed specifically for tanners and will not dry out on your skin.
To extend your tan further, we recommend using Norvell Pro-Long.  Wait at least 24 hours after your airbrush session and then apply daily.
You may purchase sunless lotion, mousse, or sprays for touching up any areas as necessary.
To maintain your tan, have an airbrush session every 7-10 days.

This product does not provide protection from sunburn.

Making Wake Forest Beautiful One Person At A Time!

Call 919.562.1233 to make an appointment for our spa or hair salon. We look forward to your visit!

Norvell Airbrush Tanning at Salon Serenity Spa in Wake Forest, North Raleigh NC
 Salon Serenity Spa uses the Norvell Sunless Tanning System which atomizes their unique tanning solution into a very fine mists, delivering highly customized, high quality skincare and sunless tanning for the ultimate beautifying experience. Norvell combines the highest quality products and the latest sunless tanning technology to give our clients the best, longest lasting, and natural looking custom spray tan available in the sunless industry today. We know that getting a spray tan can be a scary experience, especially if your airbrush tan is for a special event. Our certified, well-trained, and experienced staff will put you at ease, answer all your questions, and ensure that you enjoy the finest care in both service and experience


PRICING

 1 Session                                             $45
 5 Sessions                                           $200
 8 Sessions                                           $280

​​​​​​​​​​​​Crenshaw Pointe
1002 Durham Rd.
Wake Forest  NC 27587
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Salon Serenity Spa is pleased to expand our list of services for your Airbrush Session.  Most of these new formulas can be applied as a single session or added to your existing organic airbrush session to enhance your appearance:

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Best Sunless - Airbrush Spray Tanning in Wake Forest, Raleigh NC


Common Customer Questions

Airbrush FAQ

Airbrush tanning is the new and safe way to achieve a golden look.  This is a procedure that involves using an airbrush gun to apply our proprietary 100% organic solution to your body.  This solution contains ingredients that react with the amino acids in the outer layer of the skin. This works by interacting with the dead surface cells found in the outermost layer of the skin and producing color change. Naturally, the dead cells on your skin will wear off and its color gradually fades away, giving you a tan that is almost like a genuine sun tan. Tanning using an airbrush tan usually lasts 5 to 10 days depending on your skin type and the lifestyle you have.  Many people who want to have a perfect tan nowadays opt for airbrush tan due to its unique sunless tanning system.  The big advantage of having an airbrush tan is that it will only make you wait for a fraction of time than what it takes using the old method of applying tanning lotions.

How should I prepare for my session?


Up to 24 hours before your session, we recommend using a mild body polish such as Norvell’s Renewing Sunless Exfoliator™. Any heavy exfoliation or oily scrubs should not be used 24 – 48 hours before your session.
If you forget to exfoliate, the Norvell® eXmitt® can provide a light exfoliation that can be done right before your session, with no rinsing required. Shaving and waxing should also be done at least 24 hours in advance.
For best sunless results the skin should be clean of any barriers like moisturizer, sweat, perfume and makeup. You should use deodorant sparingly.
Hair Caps may be worn to protect blonde or grey hair, but is not necessary for darker hair, as any small amounts that may get in the hair will wash out. You may also use Norvell® Neat Feet™ foot protectors and Norvell® Neat Hands™ hand protectors to shield the bottoms of your feet and the palms of your hands from sunless solution.

Should I choose level 1, 2 or 3 for my spray tan?


You should choose a level based on how dark you would like your sunless tan to be:
Level 1: great for fair skin tones and those who are seeking a ‘natural glow’.
Level 2: creates a darker tan, suitable for all skin tones.
Level 3: for those seeking the darkest sunless tan.

Will a sunless tan provide me with sun protection?

No. DHA does not build melanin in the skin as a sun tan does. DHA works with the amino acids and body oils found in the outer layer of skin to turn them tan.  It is important to use an SPF when going outside to protect the skin from the sun’s rays.


Does the spray solution have a bad smell?

All Norvell® Sunless Spray Solutions are designed with special fragrances containing Odor Encapsulation Molecules that ‘trap’ and minimize common sunless smell.


What is the difference between 'bronzer' and 'no bronzer/clear' sprays?

Your salon may offer a choice between ‘bronzer’ and ‘no bronzer’ spray application:
Bronzer: Temporary Cosmetic Bronzers provide and immediate tan color while your DHA sunless tan is developing. Your actual sunless tan will darken over the next 24 hours. You will see the temporary cosmetic color washing off your body during your first shower. This is completely normal. Your actual developed sunless tan will not wash away, though it may appear slightly lighter in color after cosmetic bronzers are removed from the skin.
Special Note: Temporary cosmetic bronzers may rub off on light colored clothing and furnishings, but typically wash out of most items.

Clear or ‘No Bronzer’: Though you will not see any immediate cosmetic color, your sunless tan will begin to darken within 1 to 2 hours, and will continue to do so up to 24 hours.


Do I need to towel off or rub the tanning solution into my skin after the session?

No.  The spray tan solution will not drip or run on the body.  There is virtually no stickiness or dry time once your session is complete.


How long will my spray tan last?
On average your tan should last up to 5-7 days.  There are many factors that determine this length including how you prepare your skin and care for your skin after your tan.


How long should I wait to shower?
For your first shower, we recommend a warm (not hot) water rinse only – no soap. You may shower as soon as 4 hours; however, for best results we recommend waiting 8 to 24 hours.  Showering prematurely may result in a lighter tan. The active sunless ingredient, DHA, continues to work with your skin for up to 24 hours.  Waiting longer will give you a deeper, longer lasting sunless tan.


How should I care for my tan after my session?
Wear dark, loose fitting clothing until your first shower when you wash the cosmetic bronzers off your skin. Avoid any water related activities such as: sweating, working out, showering, swimming, saunas, rain, massages, pedicures, manicures.
Long soaks in any body of water can prematurely fade your tan. Keep skin thoroughly moisturized after your first shower, and throughout the life of your tan. Using a tan extending lotion such as Norvell® Sunless Color Extender ProLong™ will keep your sunless color looking fresh and vibrant.


Are there any allergens in your spray solution that I should be concerned about?
If the spray booth at your salon is using Norvell® iNTELLiSPRAY™, you can be assured that Norvell® formulates their spray tan solutions to be as natural as possible, which helps eliminate many possible allergic reactions.  If you have concerns of an allergic reaction, it is recommended to do a patch test on a small area of the skin.


Should I be concerned with inhaling sunless overspray, and how can I prevent inhalation?
The Norvell® Auto Revolution’s down-draft technology is designed to work with gravity, pulling overspray downward, and limiting over-exposure to inhalation of sprayed solutions.
Studies by the European Commission Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety have shown that limited inhalation of sunless spray solutions should cause no concern.  If you are concerned, ask your salon for nose filters.


The FDA and Norvell® proactively recommend the following for your spray tanning session:
To minimize exposure to solution spray & overspray, it is recommended to wear eye protection, nose filters, lip balm and undergarments.  Please request these items from your salon professional.

Why get an Airbrush Tan?
Airbrush Tanning delivers a smart, natural looking tan without the sun!  Our highly effective formula is organic, fast acting, and long lasting.  Get a tan before your next big event, and all your friends will ask “where did you get that great tan?”

How long does it take to be airbrushed?
An airbrush session takes about 20 minutes.

How long before I can take a shower?
Our organic solution needs anywhere from 6-12 hours to set up properly and react with the skin to give you the results that you desire.  We generally recommend that you wait at least 8-12 hours before showering.

Does your product have any sunscreen?
No! Just because you look extremely tanned does not mean you are protected.  Our solution does not have SPF in it.  You can sunburn if you do not apply sunscreen over your UV Free Tan (after the recommended time).  Besides sunscreen is a great moisturizer!

Should I moisturize my skin before or after I get sprayed?
You should be moisturizing your skin at least once per day with a high quality lotion.  Lotions with ZERO ALCOHOL content are the best.  This will slow the exfoliation rate thus extending the life of your tan.
You should not apply moisturizer directly before your session, apply at least 2-4 hours before, and avoid barrier lotions that contain coco or shea butter.  These lotions could impede the penetration of the solution into the skin.  Also, do not apply deodorant, foundation makeup, or oily products prior to your session.
You should not apply moisturizer for at least 8 hours after being sprayed.  This could cause it to streak. We recommend after your first shower.

Will the swimming pool or hot-tub fade my tan faster?
Chlorine has a tendency to fade spray tan faster.  Don’t forget to MOISTURIZE!!!  Many swimming pools are using salt for filtration these days and will not affect your tan, but hot tubs will cause a tan to fade faster.

Why did the solution wash off in the shower?
Cosmetic bronzers are temporary bronzers that give you immediate color.  The cosmetic bronzer allows us to see how the product is being applied.  The real color is the result of our propriety solution reacting with the proteins in your skin.  The real tan develops behind the cosmetic bronzers in 6-12 hours.  It is the bronzers you will see washing off in the first shower.  The lasting color is what’s left behind.

Will it rub off on my clothes or bed sheets?
There is a very good chance of the cosmetic bronzers coming off on clothing and bed sheets. This should wash out very easily.  However, we always recommend that our clients wear darker colored older loose fitting clothes. There are some fabrics such as silk that this may not wash out of so caution is always recommended.

Is airbrush tanning safe, and can pregnant or nursing mothers get a tan?
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.  DHA only penetrates the outermost layer of the skin.  In an effort to increase the rarity of a reaction, I have committed to only using an organic solution free of artificial preservatives and ingredients. However, if you are still concerned, consult your physician first.

Can I spray tan and UV Tan in a tanning bed?
Absolutely!  UV Free tanning looks great over a base tan and gives the customer better color than they have ever experienced, especially for people that tan redder normally.  We recommend tanning in the bed the day before or the day after your airbrush tan.  Just remember your airbrush tan will not protect you from being burnt.

What you need to know to extend your tan:
The following products will lighten or make the sunless tan blotchy:

AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids)
BHA’s (Beta Hydroxy Acids-Salicylic Acid)
Retin-A type products (Retin-A, Renovate, Tazorac, and Trefinoin)
Toners containing Witch Hazel, Alcohol, Salicylic Acid
Makeup remover cleaning products or oils used to clean away eye makeup
Wax hair removal and Depilatory hair removal products …Nair, Veet, Neet etc.
Pat dry after a shower; don’t rub dry.