I get asked this question on a daily basis. The life of a spray tan depends on how well you care for it. On average, expect it to last about seven days. Some companies will tell you a spray tan can last up to two weeks but that’s pushing it. There are several factors in making a spray tan last longer. The first is proper preparation. Prior to a spray tan it is important to get any spa treatments done first. This includes massages, facials, waxing and pedicures. Any steam room, sauna or jacuzzi use should also be done prior to the tan. The day of the tan make sure to shower, shave and exfoliate the skin with a Salux loofah or loofah gloves. Stay away from any oil based scrubs as these will act as a barrier preventing the spray tan from developing. After the shower dry off and don’t put any products on the skin. Oil, lotion and deodorant will also act as a barrier blocking the spray tan from developing. It is important to follow the directions of the spray tanner immediately following the tan. Always wear loose fitting clothes and sandals after a spray tan. You need to wait to sweat or get wet until you take your first shower. When you shower it is important to use a sulfate free body wash. Stay away from bar soaps and Dove brand products. I recommend the following body wash Norvell, California Tan, Amir and Dr Bronners. For the face I recommend Origins checks and Balances cleanser. Make sure you do not scrub in the shower or use wash cloths or loofahs. Always pat dry the skin after showering, do not rub dry. As soon as you get out of the shower apply a moisturizer to the face and body. My favorite lotions are Amir touch of Tan, California Tan expose, Designer skin Tinted Love and California Tan Smooth Bare Science. Keeping your skin hydrated will make the tan last longer and fade evenly. My favorite Tan extender for the face is Vita Liberata Tinted lotion. Remember to always wear SPF when going outside as the spray tan does not protect you from the sun. If you get a sunburn the spray tan will peel off and look horrible. I always moisturize and use sunscreen prior to going to the beach. Chlorine from swimming pools and jaccuzis will fade the tan much faster. It is better for your tan to swim in the ocean. Do not take hot yoga classes or spin classes. Try to take only one shower per day. If you take good care of your tan it will last at least 7 days.