How to Buy Spray Tan Equipment

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Before you choose to purchase any spray tan equipment, you have to be clear on your reasons for purchasing as this will make a significant difference in the nature of the product you will need to acquire.

In short, will your spray tan equipment work well for home, mobile or salon use?

Let us look at some tips to help you get the best spray tan equipment to satisfy your needs--and find the best price on the equipment too.

How can you Find the Best Equipment

Fortunately, most of the major producers of spray tan equipment (airgun and airbrush tanning equipment), distributors such as Paasche, Iwata and Badger, will provide equipment to all three sectors of the market.

Nevertheless, certain companies have become famous for their proficiency in certain areas: Paasche have had remarkable success in their home and mobile tanning devices; Iwata are famous for wonderful quality pro and semi-pro equipment; Badger are forerunners in top notch professional grade equipment.

So before you purchase, be clear on the needs you have, build your budget, research your suppliers on the internet, and consult other users, friends and any salons nearby.

The Process

So how does spray tanning operate? Well, a fine spray of dilute DiHydroxyAcetone (DHA) is spread over the skin using a pressure driven airbrush or just a spray gun.

DHA is a safe, colorless sugar. Once applied it gradually reacts with the amino acids that are available in the outer (dead) layers of our skin and, little by little (it often takes a few hours), this reaction gives a brown, natural looking, pigmented finish.

When the outer layers of skin are dropped, the spray tan slowly vanishes in much the same way a natural tan would disappear.

What Spray Tan Solution Does

As you would expect, the quality of the finish will depend not only on levels of tool and skill, but also on the grade of the spray tan solution. Different mixes and strengths will work well for certain skin types, and a great number of tones and finishes could be achieved.

Many solutions will include anti-aging, protective and skin softening additives, still others will be formulated to fade quickly. So speak to your supplier to make sure you get the best solution for you.


Home spray tan equipment is meant for people who want to spray themselves. Small hand-held airbrush devices are most appropriate to this category of the market and, although these small airbrush systems are not as fast as professional-grade spraying devices, the tan mist discharge is extremely fine and soothing.

This gives home users time to use themselves without excessive delivery. But be warned--spraying yourself does need some practice, and you might want to ask your spouse to spray your back.

Although small airbrush systems are best for home use, more experienced home-users often choose the faster delivery of a spray gun system.

These devices deliver the tanning mist swifter, and under increased pressure. They are perfect for fast application, but will not be ideal for the complete novice.

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This article was published on 2011/06/11