There is one primary objective after getting a great tan, and that is to keep it for as long as possible. But in order to extend the life of your tan, you must be willing to do your part. There are several factors to keep in mind, and guidelines to stick by, in order to reach your complexion longevity goals. One such factor is your post-tan shower. There are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to showering after getting out of a tanning bed.
Continue reading to review them, and learn how you can make your tan last all season long!
To Wait or Not to Wait to Shower
As soon as you step out of your tanning bed, you are probably already thinking about a shower. After all, a good tanning bed session will usually cause some perspiration, body heat, stickiness, and if you are using a tanning lotion or sunscreen product, greasy. But taking a shower as soon as you get home might not be the best approach to extending the luster of your new tan. In fact, some tanning products, namely ones with bronzing ingredients in them, recommend waiting a few hours before washing the skin.
It is best to read the manufacturer’s instructions on your tanning lotion label to confirm their recommendation for allowing the product to set in after tanning. As mentioned, some lotions recommend waiting, while others say nothing about taking a shower. If you are not using a tanning product at all, you don’t need to wait at all to take a shower, so long as you are not intending to exfoliate.
Additional Post-Tanning Shower Suggestions
After tanning, whether you have to wait to shower or not, be sure to avoid exfoliation or waxing. When you expose your skin to direct UV-light in a tanning bed, you want to pamper it, and avoid anything to scratching, abrasive, or harsh. Also be sure to use gentle cleaners, such as soft body washes and in-shower lotion rinses. Moisturized skin maintains a tan much longer than dry, irritated skin. This brings us to our most important post-tanning factor: moisturizing. Moisturizing the skin is vital no matter your tanning schedule, but when you do tan, your moisturizing responsible becomes even more important.
Think about it; after being heated and sunned in a tanning bed, your skin is going to be very thirsty. So, after you shower, be sure to immediately moisturize from head to toe, using a quality body lotion or after-tanning lotion, or preferably, both. For best results of a long lasting tan, moisturize like this twice a day, in the morning and evening. At night while you sleep, your skin repairs itself, so applying lotion before bed serves as a great advantage to extending a tan.
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