Everyone wants to know…. How long, realistically, can my spray tan last? We all want it to last as long as possible! It looks so amazing, you feel so confident and you just feel like yourself when you have a tan! We get it we feel the same way and that is why we do a lot of things very differently at Viva La Bronze!
First, the solution we use is top shelf, it doesn’t have any dyes, fragrances, parabens, gluten, erythrulose, and heavy metals. It also contains aloe and vitamins A C & E to nourish your skin.
Each tan also includes a pre-tan spray that allows your skin to better absorb the spray tan itself and helps it to last longer and fade more evenly. We also blend your entire body with a brush while we are applying the tan which ensures a flawless and long-lasting tan.
Every spray tan is unique to each client because everyone’s skin and lifestyle is very different. We all naturally shed skin at our body’s own rate. You should be getting anywhere between 7-14 days out of each spray tan. On average most of our clients say their tan lasts 10 days.
Many factors will play into how long your tan will last so here are some tips on how how to get your tan to last as long as possible.
WHAT NOT TO DO
Let’s say you got your spray tan last night and rinsed off this morning. You need to remember that your tan is still developing! Whether you did a 2 hour spray tan or an 8 hour spray tan, both types of tans take a full 24 hours to completely develop. With this in mind be careful of what you put on your skin today.
What to not do in the first 24 hours of your spray tan:
- wash your body with soap
- sweat(no workouts)
- submerge yourself in the pool or ocean
- use retinol products
- use dove products
- use moisturizer
All the above will fade your fresh tan and we want to avoid that. The first 24 hours is the most important.
That first rinse is to get the cosmetic bronzer off. That’s the stuff that gives you the instant glow when you step out of the spray tan tent! With this first rinse, you will see all of that color go down the drain. This is what is supposed to happen so do not panic. Do not use soap or wash your hair during this because you do not want to rinse off the active ingredient that tans your skin, known as DHA(dihydroxyacetone). We want to let the DHA work its magic those first 24 hours after you get sprayed!
WHAT TO DO AFTER THE FIRST 24 HOURS:
- Take shorter showers.
- The shower water should not be too hot.
Hot water and steam cause our pores and skin to loosen up so layers of skin can easily shed. Remember your spray tan is sitting on the top layer of your skin. So hot steamy showers will fade your tan! Keep it short and warm!
- Use spray tan approved soaps and lotions!
- Dont use Dove soap
- Dont use products with mineral oil
- Avoid shaving cream.
- Pat yourself dry, don’t rub after each shower or any time you get wet.
- Avoid spa treatments such as massages and facials.
- Avoid oily products.
- Do not soak in a hot tub.
- Dont use any exfoliating products.
Do these things and you will extend the life of your tan!