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, Hempz, Hemp Nation and Shea Moisture. 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, Hempz, DC Crown of Gold and So Naughty Nude. Keeping your skin hydrated will make the tan last longer and fade evenly. Ask me about lotions I have for sale. My favorite Tan extender for the face is Vita Liberata Tinted lotion. Remember to always wear lotion-based 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 Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen lotion 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.
If you've ever wondered why your armpits turn green after a spray tan I've found the culprit. It's your deodorant. Or to be more specific, your anti-perspirant. The green color is a reaction between the aluminum in the deoderant and the bronzer from the spray tan. It is only temporary and will wash off with your first shower. To keep this from happening you should always wash your armpits with a washcloth and soap really well prior to getting a tan. Make sure you do not apply deoderant before the spray tan. After the airbrush tan you may dab the armpits with baby powder and a dry sponge and then apply your deodorant 5 minutes later. I have also noticed that Secret deoderant will always turn the armpits green even if applied after a spray tan. Lady Speed stick does not do this. Also make sure you do not have any lotion or oil on your skin prior to the spray tan application.
Living in Miami Beach we are really lucky that most days are above 75 degrees. Since we are a popular destination city, Miami attracts visitors from colder states up North and around the world. In the winter months, your skin tends to be dry, pale and somewhat dull. In order to prepare your skin for a balmy Miami vacation we recommend the following steps.