Reduce Trips to the Tanning Salon by Prolonging Your Spray On Tan
Now that summer is gone, the tan that you've worked so hard on will eventually be too. Getting a spray tan is a quick solution to keeping you looking sun-kissed, but it can be a challenge maintaining it. Depending on where you go, average costs of spray tans are usually around $25 to $60--and sometimes can even be up to $100. If you've decided to opt-in for a fabulous airbrush tan, prolonging it is essential for making the most out of each session and the money you spend.
Here are some tips for getting the best spray tan and making it last:
- Preparing your skin is the key to a successful spray tan session. Prior to your appointment, exfoliate your entire body thoroughly in the shower, concentrating on dry areas like the knees, ankles, and elbows. Getting rid of dead skin will help maximize the duration of your tan as the skin will take longer to naturally shed. It will also help give you a more even tan and avoid patches. Try to avoid using scrubs to exfoliate that contains oils which the color won't be able to penetrate through.
- Don't use any products on your skin like moisturizer, makeup, deodorant or perfume. Only apply lotion on the soles of your feet, palms of your hands, and fingernails (if you have a manicure that you don't want to get ruined) to prevent them from tanning. Stand on a towel while you get sprayed and wipe the bottom of your feet when you're done.
- Be extra careful when getting dressed. Wear loose, dark clothing--preferably a sundress. If possible, don't wear a bra or underwear for at least six hours.
- While the tan is developing, avoid water, exercising (no sweating!), and tight clothing for the next six to eight hours. It's really important during this time to not have any water come near your skin as it will wash the tan right off. The longer you wait to shower, the longer your tan will last. I usually try to go an entire day (24 hours) without showering and my tan always lasts much longer.
- Keep showers short and only use lukewarm water. Long, hot showers will fade tans quicker.
Use a moisturizing bar soap instead of loofahs or scrubs. Try not to exfoliate for a week.
- Hold off on shaving for as long as you can, and when you do use hair conditioner instead of shaving cream.
- Keeping your skin hydrated is key to making your tan last longer. It will also prevent your tan from cracking. Avoid lotions and moisturizers that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) as they are known to strip tans quickly.
- When your tan starts to fade, apply a gradual self tanner to give your color a boost.
Not everyone's skin is the same, but following these tips can help you rock a solid tan for at least two to three weeks.