How Long Does a Spray Tan Last (and How to Make it Last Longer)

How Long Does a Spray Tan Last

With summer almost here, many people will be heading out to the beaches, camping, and plenty of other outdoor activities that will include plenty of exposure to sunlight. By now, we’ve all learned about the problems that can be caused by getting too much UV exposure from sunlight or tanning beds. But that often doesn’t stop us from trying to get that golden brown look from a summer tan. Plus, many people have fair skin and tend to burn instead of tanning. So with so much information and concerns about sunlight, the safe and natural alternative is a sunless spray tan. But how long does a spray tan last exactly? And what can I do to make my spray tan last longer?

How Long Does a Spray Tan Last May Vary on Certain Conditions

In most cases. a spray tan will last from 7-10 days. This number can vary more or less based on a few factors including:

  • The darkness of the shade of the spray tan used. There are several different shading options available at a quality spray tan clinic.
  • How active you are. The more you sweat, or the more active you are will reduce the longevity of a spray tan.
  • The skill of the technician applying the spray tan. If Norma down the street is doing your spray tan, the chances are that it won’t be done evenly, or last as long as a professional skin care clinic technician would be able to apply it.
  • How quickly you shed skin cells. The average human being loses nearly one million skin cells per day. So be sure to bathe and exfoliate before a spray tan, so that the application will go on newer cells and tend to last longer.

How do I Get my Spray Tan to Last Longer?

Aside from the aforementioned bathing and exfoliating prior to a spray tan appointment, you should also:

  • Avoid bathing, showering, or swimming for 8-10 hours after receiving a spray tan to prevent washing off the application.
  • Avoid exercise and tight fitting clothing such as leggings or yoga pants, since the combination of sweating and tight fit clothing can rub off the spray tan.
  • Give 10-15 minutes of natural drying time. Don’t touch any body parts and don’t put your clothes back on in order to avoid rubbing or smudging of the application.
  • Reduce or avoid using cosmetics before your spray tan since they tend to block the pores of your skin. Lotions, make-up, and perfumes would be included on this list.
  • Moisturize your skin in the days following your spray tan appointment to slow or prevent the natural skin exfoliation process.

Now that you know the answer to how long does a spray tan last, and the best ways to get the most longevity from your spray tan, you should be ready to maximize your sunless spray tan experience without the risks that come with excessive UV exposure.


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