Spray tan is becoming an increasingly effective way for many to achieve a natural-looking golden glow while protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. At 20 Something Anti-Aging Center in Orlando, Florida, we can help you realize your dreams of a beautifully bronzed look while protecting your natural complexion and the health of your skin. If you’re contemplating coming in for a professional spray tan but you’re not sure how long it will last or if the process is even worth it, we’re here to help you out with some information!
How Long Does a Professional Spray Tan Last?
A professional spray tan typically lasts from 5 to 10 days. How long results last often depend on your skin care routine before and after tanning. Results are also affected by skin type and the relationship between the tanning solution and your skin. Every client is different, and some clients require multiple sessions in order to achieve their desired glow.
Your Pre-Session Skin Care Routine and Results
Your skin care routine before your session can have an impact on how long your results last. The night before your spray tan session, we recommend thoroughly exfoliating your skin using an oil-free exfoliant. This helps to smooth and even out the skin, resulting in a longer-lasting and more evenly distributed tan.
We also recommend that clients avoid wearing makeup or moisturizer immediately before their spray tan session. Makeup and lotions create a barrier between the tanning solution and the skin, preventing an even and well-absorbed tan, which also ends up not lasting as long as most patients would like. We also advise that patients wax or shave a day or two prior to their session in order to achieve an evenly distributed tan.
Your Post-Session Skin Care Routine and Results
Immediately after the session, patients should avoid activities that will cause them to sweat, such as exercising or relaxing in a sauna. Patients are also advised to wait for at least 8 to 10 hours before showering. This helps the tanning solution to fully absorb into the skin, resulting in a fully developed tan that ultimately lasts longer.
After a professional tan, clients do well to avoid extended periods of time in highly-chlorinated water, such as in swimming pools or jacuzzis. The chlorine can negatively impact the overall results of the tan. Waiting at least 5 to 6 days after tanning to exfoliate and using a post-sunless tan moisturizer every day can also lengthen the beautiful glow of a professional tan.
Your Skin Type and Your Results
The patient’s skin type can also play a significant role in the length of the results. As a general guideline, patients are classified into 4 different groups according to their skin type. The skin type of a patient determines the strength of the tanning solution. The length of the results of a session is determined by the strength of the tanning solution. The stronger the solution is, the longer the results last.
Skin Type 1
There are 4 general classifications of skin types and these classifications determine the strength of the tanning solution used. Patients with fair or pale skin that sunburns easily and doesn’t tan naturally, also known as skin type 1, are usually treated with a light tanning solution. Light tanning solutions last for 5 days on average.
Skin Type 2 and 3
Patients with skin that tans only a little bit in the sun but usually burns initially are known as having skin type 2. Patients with a deeper skin tone that easily tans in the sun and almost never burns have skin type 3. Skin types 2 and 3 require medium tanning solutions that can usually last between 7 and 8 days.
Skin Type 4
Patients on the opposite end of the spectrum have darker and olive skin tones. Patients of Asian descent, though they do not always necessarily have darker skin tones, also fall into this classification. These patients are known as having skin type 4 and require a darker tanning solution that helps to even out the skin tone and add depth to the natural skin color. Darker tanning shades can typically last for up to 10 days.
Factors That Can Shorten the Length of Your Results
There are various factors that can negatively impact the results of a professional spray tans. Many people experience short-lasting results because they attempt to achieve a professional-looking golden glow spray tan at home without actually seeing a professional. Others notice results that fade quickly due to a lack of proper follow-up care.
Lack of Professional Help
When clients attempt to tan without a professional, the results are not as effective and long-lasting. There are many self-tanning products out there, but they often fade quickly, leaving streaks and orange patches during their short life span on the skin. Often, these products don’t come with the professional advice and recommendations that result in longer-lasting and more natural-looking tans.
Lack of Proper Follow-Up Care
After their spray tanning sessions, some patients neglect to stick with the proper follow-up care recommended by professional tanning services. Patients may sweat or shower too soon immediately after their session. As mentioned earlier, this leads to poorer and shorter-lasting results. Following professional follow-up care recommendations is indispensable when trying to achieve a long-lasting and beautiful glow.
Factors That Can Prolong the Length of Your Results
There are also certain factors outside of your skincare routine that can positively affect your tanning session and ultimately prolong the results. Wearing loose-fitting clothes after sessions and following a regular tanning schedule can help to prolong your results and maintain your glow.
Dress to Preserve Your Tan
Wearing loose-fitting or baggy clothes after a tanning session is a wonderful way to ensure that your tan remains even for as long as possible. Tight clothes can make you sweat, causing your new tan to rub off. Due to how close they cling to the body, tight clothes can also directly rub off a fresh tan.
Instead, try wearing really comfortable and loose pieces of clothing, such as pajamas, a summer dress, or even a simple t-shirt and slacks. Our professional tanners also make sure clients are fully dry after their session before helping them put on their clothes again. This ensures that you’re fully able to absorb the tanning solution and maintain a longer-lasting tan.
Tan Regularly to Maintain Results
Following a regular tanning schedule also helps patients develop a natural-looking tan with prolonged results. As discussed earlier, professional spray tans last on average between 5 and 10 days. Making tanning sessions a regular part of your beauty routine every 1 to 2 weeks can help you achieve longer-lasting results that become more and more natural and beautiful with time.
Why People Choose Professional Tans Over Suntans
Many people prefer professional tans to suntans due to the health benefits and guaranteed results. Spending extended periods in the sun causes extreme and sometimes irreversible skin damage. Laying in the sun with the hopes of achieving a tan can result in premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and, in the worst cases, even cancer.
Professional tans, on the other hand, provide beautiful and consistent results while preserving the health of your complexion. These types of tans are also quicker and provide immediate results, as opposed to sun tans, which may require hours to achieve.
Suntans Cause Premature Aging
Suntans lead to premature aging, which accounts for 90% of the aging seen in the modern population. Premature aging leads to fine lines and wrinkles appearing much sooner than expected. Premature aging also robs the skin of its youthful glow.
Suntans Cause Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is when certain parts of the skin appear darker than others. Sunspots are one of the most common signs of hyperpigmentation in the skin. With sunspots, patches or spots of the skin are darker than surrounding areas due to the increased absorption of melanin that results from sunbathing. Hyperpigmentation and sunspots result in an uneven skin tone.
Suntans Cause Cancer
Sunbathing increases an individual’s risk of skin cancer. When someone sunbathes to achieve a tan, the skin cells absorb the sun’s harmful UV rays. These UV rays lead to radiation damage of the DNA in the skin cells. Cells that are damaged by radiation can become cancerous over time.
The Benefits of Professional Tans
Professional spray tans are a safe way to achieve a beautiful glow while protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Professional spray tanning is a sunless treatment that uses a special tanning solution to coat the skin with a golden glow that complements the patient’s natural complexion. Because it’s sunless, professional tanning does not damage skin cells or lead to premature aging
The results of spray tanning are quickly achieved after a simple 20 to 30 minute session, as opposed to the hours it may require to get a tan in the sun. Immediately after the session, clients see results and are graced with glowing skin. There is no risk of sunburned or uneven patches of skin with a professional tan.
Making sure to prepare before your tanning session by exfoliating the night before and not wearing makeup and moisturizer immediately before the session helps clients achieve a beautiful and even tan that lasts on average between 5 and 10 days. Following proper post-tanning procedures such as not sweating or exposing the skin to chlorinated water also helps patients realize long-lasting and beautiful tans. Wearing loose-fitting clothes and sticking to a regular tanning routine ensures that results look more natural and last longer.
Spray tanning is a safe and immediate way to get a beautiful glow. You don’t have to be scared of looking orange or wasting your money on something that only lasts for a day or two. With a professional tan, results look beautiful, natural, and last between 5 to 10 days. Spray tanning is a great way to get that sun-kissed glow without the serious skin damage that comes with sun tanning.
Get Ready to Glow
You can achieve your desired glow with a professional tan! The results are immediate and can last for up to a week. With professional advice from our expert staff, you can ensure that your results are beautiful and long-lasting. You can even take added precautions and measures to make sure that you achieve the best possible and longest lasting results.
You don’t need to risk the precious health of your skin to achieve that beautiful glow. You don’t need to choose between healthy skin or beautiful skin. You can have both by scheduling a consultation for a professional tan today. At 20 Something Anti-Aging Center, we’re here to help you be the most beautiful and youthful version of yourself. We’re here, available and ready to answer any questions you may have. So don’t wait! Schedule a consultation with 20 Something Anti-Aging Center in Orlando, FL today and get ready to glow!