Caring for Your Spray Tan

Tips--Tricks

April 30th, 2012 by Adore

When it comes to caring for your spray tan, the most important spray tanning tip is moisturising with a good product such as a tan extender. This is the first step in extending the life of your tan. However, there are many more ways to prolong the life of your tan and stop it from fading or going patchy too soon. Here are some great ways to take care of your spray tan.

Wax or shave a day before the spray tan
This spray tanning tip is important because waxing or shaving after a spray tan will make your tan fade faster as some of the tanned outer skin layer will be removed during the process. If you have to wax or shave, be sure to do it at least 24 hours prior to your spray tanning session.  Having a spray tan just after you have waxed or shaved can result in uneven results as the skin pores may be left open.

Exfoliate before the spray tan
Ensure that you use a body scrub or an exfoliating glove to shed off the dead skin cells at least a day before your spray tanning session. By doing so, you will make your skins surface smooth and ready to receive an even and natural-looking tan.

Avoid applying any cosmetic products before the spray tan
Do not apply any perfume, deodorant, foundation, primer, concealer, or moisturiser on the day of your spray tan session. The reason for this spray tanning tip is that you want to avoid any other products interfering with your skin’s absorption of the spray tan solution. In addition, some deodorants and perfumes may react with the tanning solution and cause patchiness or discolouration.

Wear loose clothes after the spray tan
Wear loose fitting clothes after your spray tanning session to avoid ruining your tan or your clothes. Most tanning solutions are quick dry and should be fine, however we say “better safe than sorry” and therefore minimising your skin’s contact with your clothes is still worthwhile.

Avoid exercise, showering or swimming too soon after the spray tan
To ensure the spray tanning ingredients can work their full magic on your skin, allow them to remain undisturbed for at least 6-8 hours. This is of course different for any of the 1 hour tanning solutions, however the longer you can leave your skin to res, the better. An additional spray tanning tip: chlorinated water found in swimming pools shortens the life of spray tans so try to stay away from chlorine.

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
Moisturising is a vital spray tanning tip. By applying a gentle moisturiser, your skin can remain hydrated which helps to slow the shedding of your tanned skin cells. Using a tan extender as your moisturiser is the best way to hydrate your skin and maintain your summer glow. A tan extender is a blend of moisturiser and bronzing products (sometimes small amounts of DHA), helping to increase the life of spray tans. Using a tan extender can help to keep the skin moist and supple, while adding a little colour to your skin daily.

With this list of tips, you can maintain an even and natural looking tan for as long as possible. If you take the time to get a spray, why not make sure you get the most out of your tan? If you’re not using a tan extender, then this is one spray tanning tip you should try. We promise you’ll never turn back!