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When Can I Shower After a Spray Tan?

Paige Sanders

Want to get an instant sun-kissed glow? Getting a spray tan is the best way to achieve a bronzed complexion that’s perfect for any occasion, but keep in mind that the longevity of your tan is dependent on how you care for your skin after each session.

One of the most common questions asked by first timers is when to take a shower after getting a tan. A shower can either make or break your look if you don’t do it the right way! Knowing when to take a shower and care for your post-tan skin is key if you want to prolong your glowing skin. Keep reading to find out the best time to take a shower and some tips and tricks to make your tan last as long as possible.

The perfect time to take a shower

Showering right after a tanning session is a huge no-no. All that money you spent to achieve that golden glow will go down the drain! It’s highly recommended to wait for about 4-8 hours before you take a shower. This is to allow you skin to absorb the solution and guarantee an even shade. Try not to wait for 24 hours before you shower because you’ll need to rinse off the extra solution sitting on your skin before you sleep.

It’s also important to note that showering isn’t the only thing you need to avoid after a tanning session. You’ll need to avoid any form of moisture since this can prevent your tan from adhering to your skin correctly. This includes sweating, applying lotion or liquid foundation, and even crying. As funny as the last one may sound, tears, sweat and any liquid will get your tan wet and create streaks or blotches of uneven color. Trust us, you wouldn’t want to be seen sporting a spray tan fail!

The best spray tan shower routine

It might sound like an extra step, but creating a shower routine specifically for a spray tanned skin is the one of the most efficient ways to make your tan last long. For your first shower, make it as quick and as gentle as possible. Use a rainwater effect shower head, a warm temperature and an oil-free moisturizing body wash to prevent your skin from drying out. Steer clear of bar soaps with harsh chemicals.

Also, do not scrub or exfoliate your skin too harshly. Exfoliation removes skin cells at the top layer of your skin and is ideally done when you’re about to get a spray tan, not after the procedure. When applying a body wash, use your hands instead of a loofah or a bath sponge. Be as gentle as possible to prevent streaks from forming on your skin. Once you’re done, pat yourself dry rather than rubbing your skin. Don’t forget to moisturize your skin at least twice a day to keep your skin healthy and supple to highlight your sun-kissed complexion.

Taking care of your post-tan skin is crucial regardless if you applied the spray tan yourself or had it done professionally in a salon. Just follow our spray tan aftercare tips, and your golden glow will last a long time!