August 20, 2013

5 Tips to Make Your Spray Tan Last Longer

If you start to worry about fading almost as soon as you’ve finished a tanning session, chances are your skin prep and aftercare routine are in need of a serious overhaul to ensure your tan is long-lasting. Because faux color sits at the very top layer of your skin, it is vulnerable to damage from practically anything you touch. Sun, chemicals and beauty products are just a few reasons why your spray tan may be fading too quickly. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to maximise every tanning session for a longer lasting tan, from using a daily gradual tan moisturiser to controlling moisture. By following the simple tips below you can instantly double the lifespan of your spray tan.

1. Exfoliate

Exfoliate your skin with a gentle scrub or cleanser to get a deeper tan. Exfoliating is the key to getting even coverage because it removes dead skin cells and other debris that can block tanning agents and cause streaks. Just remember to get it done a few hours or a day before you spray tan, so your skin has plenty of time to recover and your pores have time to close. Also get shaving out of the way before your tanning appointment, to avoid stripping your color afterwards so the tan lasts longer.

2. Moisturise

Moisturise before and after your tanning session. Before tanning, only moisturise areas that significantly dry and prone to build-up, such as your elbows or feet and ensure the rest of your skin is free from product. Using moisturiser on a regular basis after tanning will keep your skin perfectly primed for even coverage and prevent your color from fading too quickly. For best results, apply a daily lotion all over your body after showering to create a protective seal that locks in your skin’s moisture and color for the perfect long-lasting tan.

3. Gradual tan

Use a high-quality gradual tan product to gradually replace the color your skin loses in between tanning sessions. These gradual tan products are key to elongating a tan as they top up your color gradually every day while also keeps your skin moisturised and hydrated each day, which is the key to a perfect tan. Using gentle tanning agents and hydrating ingredients, MineTan’s products infuse the skin with subtle color while delivering instant hydration. Apply it to freshly cleaned skin every day to maintain a deep tan or every other a day for a more subtle glow.

MineTan Applicator Mitt

4. Avoid too much moisture

The beauty with MineTan’s range of tanning products is the 1 Hour Express Tan formula. This means, you can shower after as little as an hour after allowing your tan to develop or leave on longer for deeper, darker tan. Until you decide to rinse, however, you should absolutely avoid moisture so that your tan doesn’t streak as when moisture removes or hinders the product on your skin during development time, the tanning actives in the product also disappear. This means avoid working out, sweating or swimming. Also avoiding tight clothing to reduce the risk of moisture building up underneath clothes is always a great tip to keep in mind!

Therefore, when you do decide to rinse, you should only be rinsing in lukewarm water for approximately 45 seconds and avoiding use of any soaps, gels or lotions and ensure all tanning product and bronzers are removed. After this initial rinse, you are find to shower or bathe as usual however, every time you wash, you lose a bit of color so being a bit savvy about your cleaning routine will ensure a longer-lasting tan!

5. Regular top up

Using self-tanning foams to cover faded spots and mistakes that may appear following a spray tan session (or your previous self tan session) is a great way to avoid an emergency trip back to the salon for a quick fix.

By lightly exfoliating and regularly applying fresh product, you’ll always have a great glow that won’t fade too quickly on you.

Read all of our before & after care tips for the perfect, long-lasting tan every time.

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