Spray tans are more expensive than lying in the sun, to be sure, but when you think about all the money you’ll save down the line on anti-aging products, procedures to reverse the sun damage that has caused spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, and of course, melanoma treatments, suddenly they seem like the most affordable (and the safest) option for getting the golden glow you crave. That said, you want to make sure you get your money’s worth when you shell out the dough for this professional service. So here are a few tips to increase the longevity of your spray tan.
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! This is absolutely the number one tip for getting a beautiful, even application and making your spray tan last as long as possible. If your skin is the least bit dry or flaky when you go in for your spray tan, you could not only end up with streaky or patchy results but when your skin does start to exfoliate it could leave faded patches that make your tan look mottled and unnatural. For several days before your spray tan, you should engage in extra exfoliation using a loofah, a scrubby sponge, and/or exfoliating products like a sugar scrub, just for example.
- Moisturize before and after. Once you have sloughed away dead skin cells, you’ll need to make sure that your skin is smooth and hydrated, and the best way to do that is with a good moisturizer. You can either use lotion or go for a natural oil product like coconut oil, for one. Just make sure that you apply it to skin immediately after showering so that it has the best chance of soaking in. You’ll also want to moisturize following your appointment (after showers) to extend the effects of your spray tan. Keep reading https://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/news/a29201/how-to-make-spray-tan-last-longer/
- Consider waxing. Shaving your legs, arms, or other portions of your body following a spray tan is a great way to make it fade faster. So if you want to enjoy shorts, skirts, and bikinis while your tan lasts, without stubble peeking through, consider getting essential areas waxed a couple of days before you get your spray tan. Or if you prefer to shave, do it the day before and the day after your tan, instead of the same day.
- Skip products the day of your appointment. Any products you put on your skin, including lotions, oils, makeup, perfume, and so on, can have a negative impact on the application of your spray tan. It is therefore advisable to skip any and all products on the day of your appointment.
- Let your spray tan dry completely. This is imperative. The longer the tanning product is allowed to dry, the longer it will last. Most tanning facilities recommend letting it dry for at least several hours before showering. But ideally, you should try to wait 24 hours, letting it soak in overnight. Just be careful with what you sleep in: the product can transfer to clothing and sheets.
- Avoid water. If you want to make your spray tan last, you should know that water is the enemy. You might not be able to avoid showering completely, but you should try to cut back to every other day if possible and wash and dry gently to preserve your spray tan. And definitely, plan on foregoing swimming or sitting in a hot tub. Whether you pay good money to have a specialist spray you or you’ve assembled your own setup with products from Spray Tan Solutions Direct, you want to make sure that money is well spent. And by following a few simple guidelines, you can make every spray tan last longer.
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