Wait at least 8 to 12 hours after application of an 8 hour tan before you shower, or 2 hours for a 2 hour tan. This will allow time for the self-tanning reaction to occur on the skin.
Don’t worry if you see color wash off from your first shower, this is normal. What you see washing off is the immediate cosmetic bronzer and what is left behind is a beautiful sunless tan.
Do not apply moisturizer until after your first shower, for this could affect the immediate reaction of the sunless solution on the skin and cause streaking.
Do not exercise until after your first shower.
Moisturize daily, especially after bathing, to maintain your sunless tan. For best results use a water based moisturizer. Don’t use oil based moisturizers, they can cause blotchy areas.
Do not exfoliate skin for at least 48 hours after your sunless tanning application. When you do exfoliate, do so gently and evenly to preserve an even sunless tan.
If sun-bathing remember to wear a sunscreen. Sunless products do not contain sunscreen. Although you look like you have a tan, you will still need a sunscreen to prevent your skin from burning.
How to Maintain Your Spray Tan
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise.
Limit the length of your showers.
Pat dry with a towel, don't rub.
Spray tans can last from 4 – 10 days if cared for correctly. To maintain your tan, make sure that you moisturize and use CORRECT products. Using the wrong products can cause your tan to fade quicker than normal.
The following is a list of body care products that could potentially have a fading or blotchy effect on your spray tan. This is only a guide and not every client will have an issue with these items or products:
Anti-acne products that exfoliate or dry the skin
Anti-aging products that exfoliate skin
Body Hair Bleach Products
Toners containing Alcohols or Witch Hazel can lighten tan
Facial masks & exfoliating scrubs
Body spray, perfumes, and bug spray when they are sprayed directly on skin. We recommend that you
spray your clothing or spray into the air then walk through.
Hair inhibiting Lotions can cause your tan to yellow
Exercising often or large amount of sweating can cause your tan to fade faster, especially in body fold areas.
Makeup remover cleaning products or oils
Submersion in hot tub or swimming pool and sometimes even habitual long hot baths.
Using a loofah, mitt, scrub etc. for daily washing
Waxing unwanted hair or depilatory hair removal products