The Leading Cause of Spray Tan Fade
Friction is the culprit of an uneven, blotchy, fading tan. Lucky with a little awareness, friction can be prevented. Everyday our skin cells come in contact with many materials. Whether you are changing your clothes, carrying a purse, or simply fastening your seatbelt, friction occur causing these skin cells to rub off. The average person sheds 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells a day.. Within 28 days, the skin will naturally renews itself. This skin cycle is why spray tans typically last up to 10 days since spray tans are a result of DHA reacting with amino acids in the outermost layer of your skin know as the epidermis. Active spray tanners will tell you we must take extra care of our skin to preserve the longevity our our tans.
We know hydration is the most important step to maintaining a tan. However, our skin often is the last organ to rep those benefits. Find out how much daily water intake is right for you and be sure to drink consistently throughout the day.
Long hot showers are harsh on the skin. Heat removes natural oils leaving you dry and itchy. Keep showers short and stick to warm water and shaving to a minimum. AVOID FRICTION: pat skin dry. Rubbing at skin fresh out of the shower can not only irritate your skin but will prematurely break up the spray tan, affecting its lifespan.
Moisturize twice a day. Try to apply moisturizer the first few minutes after bathing while your skin is still slightly damp to lock in moisture. When your skin is smooth and hydrated VS rough and dry there is less chance of friction disturbing the tan.
Start with an even surface by gently exfoliating 24 hours prior to the airbrush service. Even prepped skin will give you lasting results from the start. Since skin sheds so frequently, if you do not exfoliate you are at risk to loose colour faster than expected.
Follow these tips to stay gold!