How To Make Your Spray Tan Last Longer

Considering the high risks associated with extended exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun, spray tanning in Miami Beach is becoming increasingly popular. The average tan lasts about 5 to 7 days and without proper care, you won’t be able to enjoy the best results. Here are a few tips to ensure that your spray tan lasts as long as possible and yet retains the original glow:

Before spray tanning

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One of the most important steps to ensure spray tan longevity is proper preparation. Getting your skin ready in the best condition will ensure proper penetration of the spray thus guaranteeing its durability. The best time to start the preparation regimen is about 72 hours prior to the session.

  • Thoroughly clean and exfoliate your skin to ensure removal of all dead skin cells. This is because dead skin will eventually shed and no one wants to lose all the golden brilliance along with it just a few days after tanning. Be sure to use an oil-free product for exfoliation because oil will block out the tanning solution.
  • The final shower however should be taken around 8 hours to the tanning session as this will allow the skin to restore perfect pH balance. This will also unclog body pores opening them up to receive the perfect tan.
  • A point to note is that thick body lotions and deodorants do not provide the most conducive environment for tanning. They contain chemicals that block out the effect of the tan and their presence could therefore result in uneven tanning. If possible, do without them altogether.

Immediately after spray tanning

  • During the few hours after your tanning session, you might want to steer clear of any fabric-to-skin contact. Bras, panties and fitting shoes are regular culprits, leaving unsightly streaks and patches in the most unlikely of places.
  • Some also swear by baby powder, and that applying it on all sweaty body parts will help prevent the tan from running.
  • It is advisable to put off showering for as long as you can after the session, preferably for up to 6 hours to allow the tan to set. The longer one waits, the better the effect.

Long Term Measures

There are a few basic guidelines that apply in enhancing the lifespan of almost all tans. But to be safe, always ask the tanning technician for maintenance tips after application because slight variances in the products could lead to a world of difference in your appearance in the long run. But these simple rules apply for all tans:

  • Shower using warm and not hot water as the product my wash right off.
  • Avoid swimming pools at all costs since chlorine erodes tanning compounds really fast.
  • When shaving, avoid applying pressure on the skin.
  • Use tan-friendly, non-moisturizing shower gels. Any shower gel that leaves chemical residue on the skin comes with the risk of breaking down the tanning compound.
  • Pat skin dry after a shower, do not rub.
  • Drink lots of water to keep your skin naturally hydrated from the inside and apply the right moisturizer to keep it glowing on the outside. Tanning has a dehydrating effect on the skin and you need to counter this effect from both ends. Remember to ensure that the moisturizer used is oil-free as this may break down the tanning formula.
  • Exfoliate every 3 to 4 days using a gentle exfoliation product. This will ensure that the color wears off evenly in all areas of the body.
  • If possible, get a touch up on your hands and face after a few days because of all the exposure and cleansing they get throughout the day. Gradual tanners are simple to use and work really well.

Careful adherence to these simple tips has been shown to extend the regular spray tan shelf life by up to a week. So remember them and retain that golden tint for the longest time possible!

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