How Long Does A Spray Tan Last?

Make your Spray Tan last longer

If you are reading this article, then you are probably wondering “How Long Does A Spray Tan Last?” Getting a tan is one of the most popular fashion statements of today. Look at the models in magazines, and the internet. You feel it is the tan that makes their sexy bodies look even better. Of course, the pale look is regarded as an out of style appearance in many regions throughout the world. With the harmful effects of UV rays coming from the sun being known to most people, too much sun or lying about sun bathing for long hours is a strict no-no. There is no need to as there is spray tanning available today. There are also so many types of sprays available that you can even do it at home. This is provided you know how to, and also about what precautions to take, etc.

How Long Does A Spray Tan Last

Lasting Effects of a Spray Tan

How long does a spray tan last? What is in a spray device? As the name suggests, these are tanning solutions contained in a spray like device so that it can be sprayed on the body to get the desired color coated over your skin. It is a mist in a spray which contains a compound called DHA or Dihydroxyacetone which interacts with the skin. The DHA reacts with the amino acids found on the skin. It also combines with the oxygen in the air which makes the color of the skin change to brown.

There are two methods which you can use to achieve the spray tan:

  1. You can get spray tanned in a beauty salon/spa.
  2. You can use an airbrush to spray the tan on your body yourself.

What many people would like to know is how long the spray tan will last. Of course, this depends on your skin. Generally, the skin regenerates and that is, it gets rid of its old cells from time to time. That is when the tan will start to fade. Usually, most of any spray tans will last for about a week, or at least 10 days. At the same time, the effect of the tan can be prolonged if it is done the right way and certain precautions are taken. At the same time, do not fall victim to claims that say that the tan can last for a prolonged period because the color will last only until that time when the old cells of the skin remain. Once the old cells are out, the color too goes away with them.

The main ways to get the tan

A tan booth: It is one of the most popular places to get a tan. It is also a faster way to give your skin the tanned look. You may be able to achieve the tan in just over 10 minutes.  This is a preferred option because people can get their privacy, and at the same time, get the best tan.

Studio tan: This method is done by a professional who will do the process of spray tanning on your skin with their air guns. You can even get a professional to do it for you at your home, but you may have to pay more.

Home method: These days, you get various types of spray tanning kits, and of course, there are tutorials on the internet to make you a pro. But do it only after you know how to do it. You also need good precautions if you are doing it at home. Use goggles and a food face mask to avoid spraying into your eyes or mouth. You may be able to save money by choosing to spray tan at home, but only if you know the procedure well. Maybe, at first, you may stumble with mistakes. With enough time and practice, you may be able to do the spray tan like a pro.

Tips to make the spray tan last longer

  • Take good shower before you go for the spray tan. Exfoliate your skin well so as to remove all the dead cells. Once the dead cells are gone, you will be spraying the tan mist on the new skin. This can help to keep the color a little longer than normal.
  • Do not apply any lotion on the skin before the process. Avoid perfumes as well. Clearer skin will be able to absorb DHA better.
  • Don’t hit the shower at least for 10 hours after the tan procedure. The same goes for makeup and lotions.
  • Do not make the mistake of applying multiple tans thinking it will make the tan last longer. You should know how much to apply otherwise, your skin will undergo such a drastic change that you will not enjoy it. If you want an example, then you may get what had happened to Ross from the TV show ‘Friends’ on one particular episode.
  • If you are getting it done in a salon, then first wax the skin area before spraying the tan.
  • Wear loose clothes after the tan procedure. Tight fitted clothes may absolve your skin of the color.
  • Some areas of the body may have the tendency to get darker. To avoid it, just apply a little moisturiser on those areas. They can be the palms, ankles, elbows and knees. Also, do not forget to wear a shower cap. Protect your lips with a lip balm.
  • From the next day, ensure that the skin remains hydrated. A good moisturiser can help with this.

Once the tan has been applied, just keep it so for some time. Let it dry. If you wear any clothes soon after, the tan will get smudged and will start wearing off right away. Remember that the color will take at least an hour or more to develop. So, do not panic if you do not see the results immediately. Wait for some time.

What to avoid when using a spray tan

  • If you are using a self-tanner, then go easy on its use. Too much of it can give a forced look on the skin. For a natural look on the skin, you have to use it mildly.
  • Avoid going swimming after the tan as the chlorine in the water can interact with the color.
  • Be careful with the face. The skin on the face is gentle and it may need a different tanning formula than the rest of your body.

After following the above tips, you should land yourself a nice tan. Remember to check around on forums or just ask basic questions in a salon or spa. Some of the staff can answer. Good luck in your tanning endeavors!

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