After getting a spray tan, there are a few things you need to remember in order to maintain the most natural looking tan for as long as possible. It’s now all about keeping those tanned skin cells on your body.
Stay dry!- Make sure you avoid coming into contact with any moisture for the first 8 hours (or until you have your first shower) this includes sweating, washing hands (be careful only get water on your palms), swimming, dancing in the rain and any other fun water activities.
Be gentle!- When you do shower, don’t exfoliate or scrub your skin, use a gentle soap or body wash that won’t be too harsh on your skin. A PH balanced product will be best, but usually anything that states “for sensitive skin” will work well. Then pat yourself dry afterwards, no harsh rubbing with your towel. Remember your tan will only last as long as your outer layer of skin stays on your body, try to avoid clothing that rubs and scratches away at your skin or you’ll lose skin faster in these areas. If you need to shave during your tan (at least the day after) use a gentle moisturiser as a barrier, cover the area to be shaved, let the moisturizer soak in for a few minutes, then jump in the shower to shave.
Stay nourished!- Use a water based moisturizer (nothing too thick or oily) on your whole body daily to keep your skin moist and supple. It may seem silly but staying hydrated from the inside out will always benefit your tans, drinking plenty of water and eating a diet full of antioxidants and good fats will ensure the health of your skin, and therefore prolong the natural look of your tan. You can also use a tinted moisturizer/gradual tan builder such as “summer glow” or “holiday skin” from about day 3-4 every second time you moisturise to help prolong the life of your tan.
Yell out if you need help!- We all remember our first spray tan and it can be pretty confusing if you’ve never really thought about it before. But don’t forget, we are the experts and deal with tanning all day every day. Never feel uncomfortable to give us a call or text or email to ask for advice. We will always help in whatever way we can and will provide you with a take home sheet with this info so you can pop it on the fridge if you need. We also offer free next day touch ups just in case something goes wrong and your tan doesn’t look perfect the next day, just give us a call and we will accommodate as best we can.