How to Make Your Own Airbrush Tanning Solution

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Airbrush tanning is an increasingly popular way to get a golden glow without the dangerous effects of sun exposure or tanning beds. But regular trips to an airbrush tanning salon can be costly, so consider making your own airbrush tanning solution. In the long run, knowing how to make your own solution can save you dollars and ensure a year-round glow.

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Things you need

  • Glass beaker
  • Distilled water
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Spoon
  • Dihydroxyacetone
  • Erythrulose
  • Emollient
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Citric acid
  • pH strips

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  1. 1

    Pour ¾ cup of distilled water into a clean glass beaker and add ¾ tbsp of the tanning agent dihydroxyacetone, also known as DHA, along with 1 tsp of the tanning agent erythrulose. Mix these ingredients together until they are completely dissolved.

  2. 2

    Add 1 tbsp of an emollient, such as triglyceride, to the mixture and stir until well-blended.

  3. 3

    Add 60 drops of phenoxyethanol, a preservative, and 15 drops of fragrance to the mixture. Mix thoroughly.

  4. 4

    Adjust the pH of the solution to a pH of 4 by adding small amounts, no more than 1/16 of a teaspoon at a time, of citric acid. You can check the pH using pH strips or a pH pen.

Tips and warnings

  • Ingredients for the tanning solution can be purchased from cosmetic suppliers.

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