HOW LONG DOES SUN AND SPRAY TAN LAST, AND HOW TO KEEP THEM LONGER?
In average, your tan will last a couple of weeks, but it really depends. Remember, your skin loses 1 shade of color each week you’re not giving it some sun light.
However, this is a more complex question, because it depends on other factors. These are your genes, natural skin tone, the body care products you use and even what you eat.
Confusing? no worries. We covered all these and more in our post so you can get a better tan, or educate yourself about tanning even further.
IN THIS POST WE WILL COVER :
- HOW LONG DOES A SUN TAN LAST?
- SPRAY TAN – HOW LONG DOES THAT LAST?
- WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MAKE YOUR TAN LAST LONGER?
Lets dive right into it!
SUN TAN – HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
If you’re white, your sun tan will usually last for up to 2 weeks. However, if your skin is naturally darker, your tan will last a little longer.
Your skin will lose a shade of color each week if you don’t tan it, thats why its very unlikely your sun-tan will last more than 3-4 weeks at max. Unless, of course you keep getting tanned during that period of time.
First, lets understand how we get the tan in the first place.
How Do Our Skin Gets Sun-Tanned?
While you’re enjoying the sun, the UVA rays hit the surface of your skin. They then penetrate to the deeper layers of the epidermis and trigger ‘melanin‘.
Melanin is a brown / black pigment that surfaces in order to protect your skin. Your skin tries to protect itself from burning under the sun, and melanin is basically a defense mechanism.
The melanin pigment gives your skin a darker shade and thats why you get tanned.
As the effect of melanin fades, your tan starts to fade.
Is it dangerous? it can be. We won’t cover the dangers of sun tanning in this post. However, we recommend that you read this article by WebMD.
This article will help you understand how to sun-tan safely, and how to prevent skin cancer.
Can You Get Rid of Your Sun Tan Faster ?
If for any reason, you would like to get rid of your sun tan faster, there are some ways to do that.
You can use a good exfoliating scrub, like the dead sea salts, that will take a layer of skin off and in return help you fade your tan. We recently reviewed the best dead sea salt scrubs, read the review here.
Another way to fade your tan is use a skin-brightening product, these are known to be hydrating and effective. One skin-brightening serum we recommend is the Vitamin C and Hyularonic Acid serum by eternal beauty.
Last, you want to try using Turmeric on your skin. Turmeric is known to brighten your skin and in this study it was even found to protect you against the damages the sun can give your skin.
If none of that helped, just stay away from the sun for a while and your sun tan will eventually fade.
SPRAY TAN – HOW LONG DOES IT REALLY LAST?
When using a spray tan product you’ll hear all kind of promises, sadly, most of them are false.
Even though companies promise you their spray tan will last for up to a month (lol, really…?) usually a spray tan will last for 5-10 day at max.
Spray tan uses an ingredient called DHA, which when comes in contact with your skin, it will give it a darker shade, temporarily.
Generally spray tan is safe but we recommend that you consult a dermatologist just to be safe if you get sprayed tanned often.
When it comes to a good quality sprat tan, we recommend using this one by Drench Body.
HOW TO GET RID OF SPRAY TAN FASTER?
If you’re trying to remove your spray tan, either because you didn’t like it or just tired of it, read carefully.
Using a strong body and facial scrub will definitely help, as it takes off the layers on your surface of the skin, it will get rid of some of the tan.
Heres powerful method to remove spray tan fast.
- fill up your bath with warm water (as warm as your skin handle, without burning your skin)
- throw some bath salts in it
- get an exfoliating glove
- relax in your bath for 5-10 minutes
- use the glove to rub the spray tan off
- if that didn’t help, repeat the process
Getting rid of spray tan is easier because the tan is on the surface of your skin.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MAKE YOUR TAN LAST LONGER?
In order to make your tans last longer, wether you get natural sun tan or spray tan, there are a few things you can do.
First, make sure you don’t use any body scrubs or exfoliate your skin for a while. You want to avoid anything that will take layers of your skin off.
Using a good quality moisturizer, preferably an organic one, can help prolong your tan too. It will keep your skin hydrated and prevent it from peeling.
Once your skin peels, obviously, you get a new layer of skin that won’t have that sexy tan.
After the initial tan, however, you won’t have to spend the same amount of hours under the sun just to keep your tan.
If you’re using a spray tan however, you’ll have to keep using your product.
Of course the best way to keep your tan, is keep tanning after you’re already tanned. That way you will keep your tan easily without having to start over.
Remember, your skin has more than white mode vs brown mode. It has several shade levels it can get to, the longer you tan, the darker shade you will get (to a point).
That being said, long periods of time under the sun can cause skin damage, wrinkles, and even skin cancer, so tan responsibly.
We got a very creative tip from one of our readers recently that you will probably love. Try getting some sun tan, and then use a spray tan as the sun tan starts to fade.
That way you wont have to be exposed to the sun over and over again yet you’ll be able to prolong the tan.
THE BOTTOM LINE
We love being tanned, and we’re pretty sure you do to! Sun tanning and spray tanning both have their advantages and disadvantages.
While sun tan is a natural process, it does have side effects like wrinkles, and sometimes even skin cancer.
When it comes to spray tan, some people get a rush and you’re using some chemicals on your body.
We highly recommend that whichever one you choose, don’t tan too often and definitely consult your dermatologist.
Giving your skin a beautiful brown shade is beautiful and feels great, we know, but be responsible and think about your health as well.
We also hope this post helped you better understand the benefits (and dangers) of tanning.
If you still have questions, please comment below and we’d love to help out!
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