How long does a spray tan last?

If you follow my tan maintenance, you will generally get one week out of your treatment - the answer ultimately depends on you.  If you are willing to prepare your skin for the spray tan by exfoliating 24 hours prior to your treatment, and moisturising daily afterwards, then you can expect longer lasting results.    

What should I do prior to my tan?

There are a few steps that you need to be mindful of.  For example, parts of the body should be shaved or waxed at least 24 hours prior to your treatment.  Shaving or waxing immediately after getting a spray tan can cause the colour to fade quicker.  Please see my tan maintenance page, which sets out in detail the steps you need to take prior to your treatment.

Why should I exfoliate prior to my spray tan?

The reason it is so important to exfoliate is because this helps to remove all of the dull and dead skin cells from the body, thus leaving the fresh layer of skin ready for a spray tan.  It is best to exfoliate in the shower with an exfoliating scrub that does not contain oil, as this can prevent streaking during the tanning session itself.

St. Tropez has a perfect Body Polish to help you prepare for your spray tan.  You can purchase this through me.

What should I do after my spray tan to help maintain the colour?

The aftercare of a spray tan is equally as important.  Moisturising daily is key to maintaining your colour.  There are certain products that you should consider buying to help keep your spray tan longer.  A bronzing powder complements a spray tan perfectly and even helps to bring out the darker skin colour a lot more evenly.  There are other assorted products that can improve a spray tan, such as the St. Tropez tan enhancing moisturiser and skin illuminators, as well as the gradual tan creme.  These products polish the skin, keep it hydrated, and leave it looking and feeling amazing.

 

I have sensitive skin.  Can I still get a spray tan?

No problem!  St. Tropez has a sensitive skin range.  I highly recommend a patch test with any of the solutions prior to your visit.  A patch test is recommended to take place 24 hours before you wish to receive your treatment, to allow time for any reaction to occur.

 

I am pregnant/breast feeding.  Can I still get a spray tan?

 

The concern that some doctors have is over whether or not the active ingredient in a spray tan (DHA) is able to enter the blood stream.  Indications show that it cannot.  DHA only penetrates the top three layers of the skin.  However, if you are still concerned about this, then you should consult with your doctor prior to making an appointment.  DHA has been used as a cosmetic ingredient in the United States since 1960 and no problems have been reported concerning DHA penetrating the skin or causing problems during pregnancy.