Clients always ask us “how long will my airbrush spray tan last?” so lets take a minute to talk about it. We always tell our clients that your spray tan will last between 7 and 10 days, but some clients can get their spray tan to last longer. How do they do that? With our tanning tips! These tips are some things that you can do before you tan to prep your skin, as well as some things you can do after to extend the life of your tan.
Let's talk about prepping your skin for the spray tan, the first thing you want to do is wax. If you do wax you will want to do this about 2 days prior to your airbrush spray tan treatment. The reason for this is that left over wax residue will block the absorption of our Infinity Sun spray tanning solution. It's also important to note is that you will not want to wax after you tan because you will actually wax the spray tan off. If you shave you will want to do this the night before the appointment, not the day of. This is because shave gels and lotions can leave residue on the skin which will prevent the airbrush tan from sticking.The next and most important thing you can do to prep is to exfoliate your skin. Most people don’t know that humans are actually like snakes, we shed our skin every 28 days. So when you exfoliate your skin you are getting rid of the dead and dying skin that is ready to fall off any ways, that way the tanning solution will adhere to your soft, fresh, new skin. We recommend a dry brush or exfoliating mitt on dry skin. Again exfoliating products can leave a film on the skin's surface which could prevent the spray tanning solution from adhering.
Put on LOOSE dark clothing immediately following your spray tanning session. Remember that the color you are seeing is just the spray tanning bronzer and it takes about four hours for the solution to absorb into your skin. If you put on something tight, like a bra, it will rub the spray tanning solution off of your skin before it has a chance to absorb. It might actually look like you wore that bra while you were tanning. Also, please don’t wash your hands for at least 2 hours. This is important because if you get wet or get any splash marks it will wash away the solution and you will be left with what ever water spots you see. Finally, please don’t put on any lotion until after you take your fist shower and wash off all the bronzer in the spray tanning solution.
To prolong the life of your tan we recommend that you wait at least 10 hours before you take your first shower, preferably the next day. If you do decide to sleep on your spray tan remember that the bronzer has a tendency to rub off; lay some old sheets out on your bed so it doesn’t get on your nice ones, If the bronzer does rub off it will come out very easily in the wash. Whenever you decide to take your first shower remember that you will see some color running off and going into the drain. DO NOT PANIC as this is just the bronzer in the spray tanning solution and is completely normal. When you do shower remember that the solution is sugar based and when sugar gets warm it melts, so do not take long hot showers, quick and cool. After your shower pat yourself dry with a towel, do not rub. Then apply a generous amount of lotion. The best advice we can give you is to put on as much lotion as you possibly can. we recommend or Infinity Sun Extender. The more hydrated your skin is, the longer your airbrush tan will last.
For more tanning tips check out our Skin Prep Page