If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to instantly upgrade your appearance, try going for a spray tan. Spray tans are great for giving you a little pick-me-up. Whether you’re using it as a base before sun tanning or simply to give yourself a little natural-looking color, just one spray tan can make a world of difference.
Safe and effective, spray tans offer the same glowing results as natural sunlight but without the harmful aftereffects. With plenty of spray tanning salons around and a growing number of at-home services coming to the market, getting a spray tan is more convenient than ever. While a typical spray tan lasts between one and two weeks, there are some hacks for making your spray tan last longer.
Exfoliate (but only Pre-Tan)
Before you get your spray tan, it’s best to have a clean slate. This means getting rid of any dead skin with a gentle scrub or cleanser. Do this either the day before your spray tan or a few hours before your appointment. It’s best to be sure that you don’t have any debris left on your skin when you get a spray tan, so try to be as thorough as possible. Once you get your spray tan, however, avoid exfoliants for at least a few weeks to prolong your glowing color.
Moisturize and Hydrate
Before your tan, moisturize your skin and drink lots of water. Your skin needs to be well hydrated for the tan to go on smoothly. The day of your spray tan be sure to remove all moisturizers, as they will block the tan from developing.
After getting your tan, generously moisturize your skin on a regular basis to prevent the color of your spray tan from fading. We recommend using Cetaphil or a moisturizer recommended by your spray tan technician. Avoid Dove moisturizers and oils, as they tend to strip your tan.
Use a Tan Extender
Since tan extenders tend to have a bit of self-tanner in their formulas, they can be efficient and effective ways to extend your tan and make your last longer than you initially anticipated. Tan extenders can also cover up faded areas or uneven spots, making your overall spray tan look better and helping you feel more confident in your appearance. You’ll see a noticeable difference by using a tan extender and end up happier with the overall result.
Do you have any tricks or methods for making your spray tan last longer? Let us know by reaching out and be sure to check out other before & after spray tan care tips from Glow 2 Go!