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How to Extend Your Spray Tan

Updated on August 22, 2015

So, you went to your spray tan professionally done and now you are the perfect golden hue. Wouldn't you like to know how to keep that hue or make it last longer? Of course, we all would! Getting yourself professionally spray tanned isn't cheap. As a matter of fact it can range from $25 to $50 per session! Ouch! So making it last can mean all the difference in your wallet.

First thing is first, do not go to get spray tanned unless you are properly exfoliated. This will help in keeping that natural beach kissed glow. It removes dead skin cells and helps to evenly distribute the spray tan, which means an evenly tan you! No one wants to streak!

It doesn't matter whether you get it done professional or do it yourself, either way let it dry adequately! I cannot stress this enough! If you do not that is when blotchiness comes into play. Even if it seems like it is taking a long time, let it dry.

Moisturize! Moisturize! Moisturize! First and foremost, before you spray tan rub lotion on your hands and your feet. After you are done spray tanning you can take a hand towel and wipe it off, especially around the nails and in between your fingers and toes.

Not after you have already spray tanned it is essential to moisturize. DO NOT use anything oil based or you will strip that gorgeous tan right off! Make sure whatever you use is a lotion. Make sure, however, that the lotion doesn't have any oils in it because it will aid in the fading of your tan.

Properly moisturizing will help your tan to look even better! It will prevent skin from drying out and producing more dead skin cells too. The best thing to do is to wait till after you have showered first for that initial application of lotion. If you do it before hand it could cause streaking.

Directly after you tan you need to wait for at least 5-8 hours before you work out, shower, swim or anything else that involves water or sweating. This could cause your tan to run and that means, you guessed it, streaking. Do not be fooled by how dry your skin feels. Instead let your tan develop sufficiently.

Once you have allowed your tan to dry sufficiently you can take a shower or bath. It is best to use lukewarm water and do not rub your skin dry. The best technique is to blot or pat your skin dry. As far as shaving goes, you need to wait until one day has passed at least. After at least one day then feel free to shave! For optimal results, use a new blade so that it doesn't fade your tan.

On a side note, stay away from anything with citrus in it. If citrus touches your skin it will definitely strip your beautiful tan.


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Another tip that most people do not think about is the clothes you wear. If you wear skin tight clothing that is rubbing your skin all day then guess what, that is also rubbing your tan. This will help gradually fade your tan and not evenly either. So you run the risk of blotchiness or fading your tan altogether!

As your tan fades you may want to touch-up. The more you touch-up the tan, the more your skin will get used to it. This will cause your skin to try and sustain the tan longer. Yay! It's about time something works in your favor! Just remember to not reapply it daily. That is getting a bit overzealous! You can, however, spray your face and hands sooner, seeing as how they will be the first places to fade.

Self-tanning or professional spray tanning is a very easy and safe way to get that golden hue you so richly desire. Just make sure you follow the right steps to make it last longer!

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      ArianaLove 2 years ago

      Very helpful! I didn't know about the oils in the lotions, now I need to check mine. Thanks!

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