Airbrush Spray Tanning

The BEST airbrush spray tan in Denver, a tan that is SO YOU

At So You Boutique, its never just a spray tan, it's an experience. We customize your airbrush tan to be dark or subtle, never streaky or orange. We are also odorless, so you won’t smell like chemicals. The staff do their best to make customers feel comfortable. We consult you before to achieve the best results before and after, offer refreshments, hair ties, and exfoliating wipes to make the tanning process as pleasant as possible. Body contouring is offered with all airbrush spray tans at no extra charge.

Weddings, pageants, vacation-preparation, photo-shoots, dances, shows, and spray tanning parties are our specialties. Don’t leave the most important part to an amateur! Prices may vary depending on the number of sessions for pageants, parties, and mobile tans, please call for a consultation.


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  • UV-free, natural, healthy and safe!
    An airbrush spray tan that is SO YOU is a sun-kissed, natural-looking glow without the damaging effects of the sun. With the increased concern of skin cancer and premature aging due to exposure of UVA and UVB rays, So You Boutique gives you a safe alternative.
  • Dermatologist recommended.
    So You Boutique uses the best products available through Body Bronze Products, developed by a dermatologist and skin cancer survivor. We service patients of dermatologists and plastic surgeons.
  • Streak-free for all skin tones.
    Everyone has different skin tones, so we customize a spray tan specifically for your skin type. A professional hand sprays you, highlighting areas a machine cannot do. All products were developed with an olive color base to ensure you don’t get that orange, streaky look other sunless tan products sometime cause. Added bonus: it doesn’t smell!
  • Smooth finish on your skin.
    Blends in blemishes and camouflages veins, cellulite and stretch marks.

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  • Shower, shave and exfoliate. 
    Shaving and waxing is recommended 8-24 hours before your appointment. Do not use exfoliates containing oils. Exfoliating gloves work best; baking soda works well, too (work into a paste and scrub). Pay attention to rough skin areas like knees, elbows, ankles and the tops of your feet.
  • Do not apply lotions, perfumes or deodorants. 
    These act as barrier layers and could cause you to turn GREEN.
  • Remove face makeup.
    These act as barriers and affect the depth of the tan. Do not put your bra back on after your pre-tan shower. Unless its freshly washed, it will have lotion and deodorant residue on it and will coat your skin. Eye make-up is OK to leave on.
  • Apply concealer.
    To avoid age spots, freckles, moles, etc. from getting darker, apply a cosmetic concealer over the spots or areas to block the solution and give an appearance of even color.
  • Plan your clothing.
    You can choose to tan in the buff, a dark swimsuit or undergarments. Men must wear shorts or briefs.
    Have dark, loose fitting clothing and flip flops to wear afterward. Do not wear wool, nylon, lycra, spandex, leather, suede or silk fabrics during the treatment.
    We recommend not to wear tight clothing (no bras!) until after your first shower, but if you must, wait AT LEAST 2 hours. Tight clothing will rub on your tan, causing it to develop unevenly.


  • Allow your tan to dry completely.
  • Do not touch your skin while drying.
  • Do not wet your skin, moisturize or take a shower for at least 8 hours or more. The longer the solution has to react with your skin, the better.
  • Avoid exercising or perspiring.
    This may cause your tan to streak until the first shower. Use a towel for leather and light colored seats on warm days and an umbrella for rainy days.
  • When showering, wash with a mild shower gel and use a mesh shower puff lightly. 
    Don’t be concerned if some color washes off, this is the cosmetic bronzer. Always pat dry with a towel and don’t rub skin dry.
  • Moisturize twice or more daily with alcohol-free lotion. 
    Hydrated skin makes your tan last longer. Alcohol-based products are drying to the skin and will make your tan fade more quickly. Use MD Bronze, MD Spray or MD Face to maintain the color before your next visit.
  • Avoid exfoliating and any hair-removal creams or bleaching products.
  • Avoid long, hot showers/baths, hot tubs, pools and oceans. 
    If so, use waterproof sunscreen to seal it in.

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  • What is an airbrush spray tan?

Airbrush tanning is the application of a fine-mist bronze solution, through an airgun, by a trained and certified technician. The solution contains DHA plus an instant bronzer. It sprays on evenly to give a natural-looking tan without steaks or orange coloring.


  • Is it safe?

Absolutely! Airbrush tanning has no exposure to damaging UV rays, and is the recommended source for sunless tanning by the American Academy of Dermatology. They also state the most effective products available are sunless or self-tanning products that contain Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which has been used in cosmetics for over 30 years and has been listed with the FDA since 1973. It is considered safe to color skin. However, if you are allergic to self-tanners, you may be allergic to the solutions in airbrush tanning.


  • What if I have sensitive skin?

If you feel you have highly sensitive skin, or have any doubts, we recommend a small localized test spray before receiving a full body tan.


  • How does it work?

Airbrush tanning has an active ingredient called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which is a natural carbohydrate compound derived from beets or cane sugar. DHA is approved by the FDA for supplements, creams, lotions and tanning solutions. It has a health risk of zero, and is considered a non-toxic material. The DHA is absorbed in the skin to tint the pigment over time, while a light bronzer shows up externally on the skin for an instant look. As dead skin sheds, the tan fades.


  • What do I wear?

Women may tan in undergarments, swimwear or nothing at all, depending on what makes them most comfortable. Men must wear boxers, shorts or swim trunks. Dark loose fitting clothing should be put on after a few minutes of drying.


  • Do I need to do anything before?

See pre-tanning preparations. Make sure you are clean, shaved and wearing no lotions, make-up or deodorant to ensure the solutions absorbs evenly and most effectively.


  • How long does it last?

Your tan should last 7-10 days. The more moisturized you keep your skin, the longer your tan will last. Always moisturize after showering. Keep from exfoliating until prior to your next tanning session, so it will fade slowly and evenly.


  • How long will it take?

The actual spray tan should take 7-10 minutes, not including set-up and break-down time. Total time for a mobile session that comes to you should take less than 30 minutes from set-up to finish.


  • Will it stain my clothes, bed-sheets, or furniture?

You will have some of the bronzer rub off on clothing and bedding, but it washes out easily. We recommend putting something down on any cloth furniture before you sit, but if you do get some bronzer on furniture, it too will wash off.


  • Can pregnant or nursing women spray tan?

Although DHA is not harmful, if you are pregnant and nursing, you should consult your doctor first!


  • How is an airbrush spray tan different from a spray tanning booth?
An airbrush tan is applied by a certified technician to specifically spray every area evenly, being sure not to get too dark or too light in any one area. With a spray booth, there are areas that can’t be reached and areas that get more spray than others. An airbrush tan is customized for you body and your skin, whereas a spray booth is one color, one spray, for everyone. For an even, natural-looking tan, airbrush tanning is far superior.
  • Why use an airbrush spray tan over a tanning bed?
First and for most, SAFETY. UV rays have been proven dangerous and damaging for your skin, causing skin cancer and pre-mature aging. Also, airbrush tanning gives you an even over-all glow instantly the first time, comparable to approximately 5-6 tanning bed sessions.
  • What variables can affect the quality of my airbrush spray tan?
There are many variables that affect the quality of an airbrushed tan. Spray tan solution reacts differently with different skin types, so not all skin will tan the same. The better condition your skin is in, the better your tan will look and last. Certain foods, medications and “that time of the month” can affect the pH balance of your skin. This imbalance can affect the tone, depth and fading of the tan. You can only get a “light skinned” person so dark without them turning “orange.” It’s a fact, too much DHA equals orange. That’s why we have SEVERAL levels of color to customize each individual’s tan.
  • Does airbrush spray tan prevent sun-burn?
Tanning solutions do NOT provide any sun protection and it does not contain any sunscreen. Make sure to apply sunscreen to prevent sunburn when outdoors.

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