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How to Prolong your Fake Tan

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With summer just a few weeks away, it’s high time to advance book a trip to your favourite tanning salon. Gone are the days when a golden tan can only be achieved by lounging under the sun for an entire afternoon. By now, you’re already aware of the ridiculously scary effects of too much UV on your health. There’s nothing sinister about getting a fake tan. 


Advances in the fields of science and technology paved the way to the development of safe tanning formulations; whether from a professional tanning salon or fake tan in a bottle. But how can you get that rich luxurious tan to last all summer, or at the least, a few weeks longer? The key is proper maintenance. In this post, we’ll teach you everything that you need to know about how you can extend the life of your tan at home. 


Before Getting a Fake Tan


Okay, let’s be honest, fake tan upkeep is challenging. There are a lot of steps that you need to follow before, during, and after a tanning procedure to ensure that your results stay longer on the skin.


  • Gentle Exfoliation


Their secret to long lasting spray tan is to use the right products and perform the correct procedure before, during, and after spray tanning. It is recommended to exfoliate 24 hours prior to a spray tanning appointment or self-tanning. You can accomplish this by using mechanical exfoliators. Avoid using skincare products that contain AHAs, such as glycolic and citric acids. These chemicals are formulated for deep skin exfoliation which may result in pigments fading faster over time. Instead, using exfoliating mitts to gently remove dead skin cells and other impurities from the skin. 

We recommend using Caronlab Milano Massage Mitt to rejuvenate and smoothen the skin before a tanning procedure. Hydrated and clear skin is more effective in absorbing the pigments leading to longer tanning results. Another good product to prepare your skin for tanning is the Moroccan Tan Primer, containing Argan and Rosehip Oil that buffs away dead skin cells and purifies the skin.


It’s also recommended to perform shaving or waxing a day before tanning for best results. It is also a must to nourish the skin with moisturising products that will leave the skin smooth and adequately hydrated - factors that boost the long-lasting effects of spray tanning or self-tanning. Lycon Coconut & Vanilla Body Lotion enriched with Pro-Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E. Moisturising products conditions and protects the skin prior to tanning. 


  • On the Day of Spray Tanning or Self-Tanning

Now that your skin is gently exfoliated and moisturised, you are only a few hours away from your tanning procedure. You need to perform a few preparation procedures to ensure a long-lasting tan. Before you go to your favourite tanning salon, make sure to keep your skin free from any chemicals, especially oil-based skincare products. Oils act as a barrier which makes it impossible for water-based tanning solutions to absorb into your skin. Experts suggest foregoing the use of perfumes, moisturisers, and deodorants before your tanning appointment. 


Shower with warm water and only use soap when washing your face and body. Make sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid leaving any residue on the skin. Gently blot off the water with a clean and dry towel for best results. A gentle yet effective soap is Tilley Soaps Goats Milk in Honey that will leave your skin clean, fresh, and ready for spray tanning. 


  • Immediately After Spray or Self-Tanning


So, now that you are done with spray tanning, the next step is to formulate an aftercare that will help in making sure your spray tan stays on your skin longer than usual. Experts recommend avoiding oil-based moisturisers and skincare products. As mentioned, oils easily break down tanning pigments. They can cause blotchy tanning spots on your skin, or worse, erase all pigments in just a few days. 


It is imperative to moisturise the skin to ensure that you can flaunt your tan for many weeks. We recommend using moisturisers that contain coconut oil and/jojoba oil. Apply these moisturising ingredients post-shower. Make sure that your skin is damp during application, so that these skincare essentials lock in moisture, which allow pigments to adhere to your skin longer. Treaclemoon My Coconut Island shower gel is the best product for post-shower moisturising. 


  • Post-Tanning Aftercare

Now, let’s move on to products that function as supplements for prolonged tanning effects. You need to invest in quality tan enhancers for lasting results. Make sure to look for products that contain ingredients that extend the tan as well as moisturise the skin. Experts recommend switching between a tan extender and moisturiser to give yourself that bronze glow without compromising the skin’s integrity and overall appearance. Moroccan Tan 2 in 1 Tan Extender. This dual action product is a gradual self-tanner that enhances the original spray tan application. The sweet-smelling tan extender also contains Argan Oil, which in turn nourishes the skin with antioxidants, leaving the skin looking golden and silky, too. 


To prolong the tan on your face, it’s best to veer away from strong chemicals. As the skin on our faces is thinner, and therefore more sensitive, it’s best to use gentle tan extending products instead. Tanning water or tanning drops are ideal for the skin as they carry a gentler formulation. Most tanning drops also enhance tanning effects resulting in a natural golden glow for your face. Vani-T Glow Plus Self Tan Drops contains tanning plush nourishing ingredients that will nourish the skin while imparting a healthy glow. Tanning drops also function as toppers to enhance the colour of your tan while ensuring its staying power on your skin.  

The key to a long-lasting tan is to apply enhancers or extenders daily. As dead skin cells slough off every day, it's only crucial to top up your skin with tan enhancers to extenders to ensure that your skin stays evenly tanned for weeks.  Always use tanning enhancers that deliver intense hydration, so your skin showcases a more natural glowing effect. A good product to consider is the Summer Tan Extender enriched with aloe vera, Vitamin E, and jojoba oil offering a nourished and even glow while replenishing the vibrancy of your existing tan. 


Use these tried-and-tested products and follow our expert recommendations to get the most beautiful golden glow out of your spray tanning appointments every time. To view more tanning products and skin care tanning prep essentials, view our website here or call our direct line today. Beauty Warehouse is Australia’s go-to platform for affordable and quality beauty.