How Long Do Spray Tans Last?


June 18th, 2012 by Adore

Spray tanning is the best way to get a bronzed look without exposing your skin to the sun’s damaging UV rays.  With multiple benefits such as being safe for your skin, being easy to apply and developing a full summer tan in just a few hours, there isn’t much to deter people from getting a spray tan.  There is however one question that first time tanners tend to ask, and that’s “how long do spray tans last?”  If this is something that you’ve been wondering, then we can assure you that although your spray tan won’t last forever, it should last for up to 10 days as long as you show your skin the love and care it needs.

Lasting anywhere between 5 and 12 days, spray tans will fade at various rates depending on the person and how they treat their skin. Our bodies are constantly losing dead skin cells and since tanning solutions affect the skin’s outer layer only, this means that our spray tans eventually fade as our outer skin cells are lost.  So what can you do to make a spray tan last longer?  And how long do spray tans last in reality? Below are a few tips to ensure your spray tan lasts as well as possible, which should easily be 8 to 10 days.

  • Ensure that you have shaved or waxed any areas at least 8 hours before getting a spray tan to allow the pores to close over and your tan to apply evenly.  Shaving or waxing after your tan is something that you should avoid if possible as it will only result in the tanned skin cells shedding faster than necessary.
  • Ensure your skin is moisturised for the days leading up to your spray tan as well as the days following.  Allowing your skin cells to dry out will result in the outer layer shedding faster.
  • Allow your tan to fully develop. Some spray tan solutions require just an hour while others require 8 hours. Ensure that you give your skin time to develop the full tan before showering if you want it to last as long as possible.
  • Avoid chlorine, extra hot showers, steam rooms or heavy exercise as these activities will all result in your tan fading faster than you’d hope.
  • Use a tan extending moisturiser in order to help your tan last as long as possible.  These moisturisers generally contain low levels of DHA and will help to boost your spray tan, helping it last for longer.

So if someone asks you “how long do spray tans last?” then you now know the answer.  With the tips above, they can hope to maintain a glowing summer tan for up to 10 or 12 days.  That’s amazing!