It’s summer- and in the city, that’s code for “spray tan”. But, how long does a spray tan last?
In NYC, getting to the beach is an hour and a half trek on the subway…and hello, we’re way too busy to haul ourselves to the beach every day JUST to get a totally even tan that’ll have us gleaming, glowing, and ready to impress. So naturally, a simple spray tan is the obvious solution.
As city-people, we aim for convenience. Now, I know what you’re thinking spray tans are pricey and fade way too quickly. But, WAIT, we have some secrets that’ll make that bronze glow last so that you’ll be looking hot in the summer heat.
So, how long does a spray tan last?
Spray tans usually last anywhere between 5-10 days. Which may sound ok if you’re looking to be tan for a wedding or another one-day event. But, if you’re looking to remain glow and glam all summer, then this tanning luxury could definitely start to eat away at your bank account.
That’s why we are sharing the absolute best tips to extend the life of your spray tan. This means fewer trips to the tanning salon and more money for back-deck margaritas.
Rules Of Exfoliation
Exfoliation is key to a good long-lasting spray tan. But, knowing when and how to properly exfoliate makes all the difference. So, let us break it down for you.
The general rule to follow is to shave or wax at least 24 hours before your appointment. We recommend 36-48 hours before- just to be sure. Shaving too close to your appointment will allow for the tanning solution to sink its way into your pores, giving you an uneven dotty look that is so not cute.
While shaving before your tan, also consider doing an exfoliating scrub. It’s important to focus on the parts of your body where tanning solution could get trapped such as elbows, knees, and your feet.
Now, after you’re all tan and lovely, try to keep the shaving and exfoliating to a minimum to make your spray tan last as long as possible. Trust us, the tan will make the stubble much less noticeable.
Have Nothing On Your Skin
When you go into your tanning appointment, it’s important that you don’t have anything on your skin. That means no foundation, no moisturizer, and no deodorant. All of these products work as barriers to the tanning solution. And, if you’re paying the price you definitely want the solution to be able to soak into your clean skin.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
Comfortable clothing is an absolute must if you want your spray tan to last. When getting dressed for your salon appointment, we recommend choosing a loose dress or a pair of sweatpants. Maybe it won’t be the cutest outfit, but the looser and airier the material, the better.
Wearing loose-fitting clothes will help the tan settle properly without rubbing off on the fabric. It’ll definitely extend the life of your tan, while also helping to prevent that feared streaky spray-tanned look.
Wait To Shower
In the hot sticky summer, it can be tough, but waiting to shower will definitely help to make your tan last. Most tanning salons say you must wait at least 8 hours before a shower, but we recommend you go a whole 24. You may feel a little sticky and smelly, but the results will be so worth it!
Get Rid Of Oil-Based Moisturizers
Ok, so we are not asking you to drop a whole paycheck on new beauty products. However, you’re more than welcome to. We are simply telling you to temporarily stop using moisturizers and other products that are oil-based.
These oil-based products actually help to remove your spray tan. So, if you are using them every day, then get ready to say ‘buh-bye’ to the $80 spray tan you just bought.
Apply Tanning Drops
Tanning drops are pretty new to the market and gaining more and more popularity every summer. These drops help to extend the life of your tan and give you a bronzey-glow that’ll make you the envy of the pool. Who said paradise can’t be found in a bottle?