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5 Easy and Effective Ways to Make Your Spray Tan Last Longer

Spray tans are a great way to fake-and-bake, achieving the golden glow you crave without risking the skin damage and even cancer that can result from UV exposure. Since tanning beds still bombard you with UV rays and home tanning creams can turn you orange, a professional spray tan is the ideal solution to your pasty pale complexion, especially if you have an event coming up and you need a perfect, line-free tan to go with your ensemble. But since you’re putting down the cash for this service, you want to get your money’s worth. And there are ways to increase the longevity of your average spray tan. Here are some easy and effective options to try.

  1. Prep accordingly. There are several steps you should take prior to getting in the tanning booth. For example, you might want to go for waxing so that you don’t have to shave, since this can definitely shorten how long your tan lasts. You should also prep your skin by exfoliating and moisturizing for a couple of days beforehand to make sure your skin is smooth, moist, and free of dry patches that could lead to unsightly spotting, streaking, or premature degradation of your tan. Just don’t wear any moisturizer the day of your appointment since in can interfere with how well the tanner absorbs into your skin.
  2. Dry completely. It can take several hours for your tan to dry completely, and the worst thing you can do is get it wet or wash yourself before it has dried. Ideally, you should wait 24 hours if possible, wearing clothing that you don’t mind getting spray tanner on. But since you might want to ensure that you don’t get it on your sheets, a shower before bed could be in the cards. In this case, you should wait a minimum of 6-8 hours before rinsing off.
  3. Rinse, don’t wash. Okay, eventually you’re going to have to wash yourself if you don’t want to offend. But your first shower after your spray tan should be little more than a quick rinse. And thereafter you might want to shower every other day. If you exercise, you should definitely do so prior to your spray tan rather than after, and probably avoid it for a few days if possible in order to preserve your spray tan as long as possible.
  4. Skip the spa. The chemicals in swimming pools and hot tubs can cause your spray tan to fade more quickly than normal. So you definitely don’t want to take a dip or have a soak within 24 hours of getting sprayed, and you might just want to wait a few days before getting into a pool or spa.
  5. Moisturize. Exfoliation is your enemy if you want to make your spray tan last, so once you’ve gotten through the process of drying and rinsing, it’s important that you keep your skin hydrated. This means using plenty of moisturizer on any areas that have been covered, potentially including your face. This will help to slow the turnover of dead skin cells. If you’re going to pay for a top-notch Artesian Tan, you’ll want to do all you can to preserve it.

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