After Spray Tan
To keep your tan in a tip top condition you have to know the steps for the after spray tan care.
Caring for your spray tan starts the minute your session finished. While the spray tan is still very fresh it is very vulnerable to getting damaged, so you have to be very gentle with it.
Wait till it is totally dry to the touch and then put on some loose, dark clothes. Loose, so that your tan does not rub off, and dark, because some bronzers are nasty and you might finish with brown smudges on your clothing.
If you can avoid wearing underwear, especially a bra, that would be really good and don’t even think about putting on tight jeans or leggings.
The first hour is the most crucial, because that is when most of the tan develops. The worst enemy of your tan is water, so if it is raining do not venture outside or you will turn spotty. If you are sweating, slow down, find a place with an air conditioner and make sure that you stay dry. Read a book, go to the movies, play on the computer; do anything that will keep you still and calm.
Your spray tanning technician will advise you how long you have to wait before you can shower. Some solutions take 2 hours to fully develop, others 12. The average is about 5-6 hours. I usually keep mine overnight and shower in the morning.
When you shower the first time, you might think that all your tan is being washed away, but it is only the bronzer. The real tan has developed in the top layer of your skin and a shower will not remove it.
For the whole duration of your tan avoid long, hot showers or baths. Quick, cool showers are fine. Pet your skin dry as opposed to vigorous rubbing.
Your tan’s best friend is a moisturizer. Use it morning and night as the tan has to stay plastered to your skin. Dry skin flakes off easily taking the tan with it.
The most important thing – make sure that you stay away from the sun. Just because your skin is now brown, it does not mean that it is protected from getting burned in any way. Your skin has not developed any melanin and is just as vulnerable to sunburn as if you would be lily white.
If you follow those simple steps for spray tan care, you will enjoy your flawless tan for quite a few days.