How to Maintain Your Spray Tan on Holiday

Spray Tanning: How to Maintain Your Spray Tan on Holiday - The Tanning Shop

You’ve packed your bags, printed your boarding passes, and triple-checked your passport—now it’s time for that pre-holiday spray tan!

Opting for a spray tan before a holiday has become increasingly popular, as many of us aim to avoid feeling like the palest person by the pool on day one. A spray tan can give you a flawless, all-over golden glow before you jet off, but how can you ensure that your beach-ready look lasts throughout your holiday?

Here are our top tips to care for your spray tan while you’re away:

1. Time Your Session

Schedule your spray tan as close to your departure date as possible. High-quality spray tan solutions typically last 5-7 days, with the best results showing in the first 4-5 days. If you’re unsure about the ideal shade for your skin tone, consider booking a trial session a couple of weeks before your trip.

2. Shower with Care

Hot water can accelerate the fading of your spray tan, so opt for lukewarm or cool showers instead. This gentler temperature helps maintain your colour for longer, preventing the colour from washing away too quickly.

3. Take A Quick Dip

Chlorinated water can dry out your skin and cause your spray tan to fade faster. While you don’t have to avoid the pool entirely, try to limit your time in chlorinated water. When you do swim, rinse off with fresh water afterward and pat your skin dry with your towel rather than rubbing. This minimises the abrasive action that can rub away your colour.

4. Protect Your Skin from the Sun

Remember, a spray tan does not offer protection against UV rays. Always use an SPF lotion when outdoors. Apply it generously to your face and body and reapply regularly, especially after swimming or sweating. This not only protects your skin while you work on your natural tan but also helps to keep skin hydrated all summer long.

5. Steer Clear of Oily Lotions

Many sunscreens are oil-based, and oil is known to strip tans from the skin. To preserve your tan while on holiday, choose an oil-free sunscreen with a 5-star UVA rating. This way, you can protect your skin from the sun without compromising your beautiful tan!

6. Hydrate Your Skin

Keeping your skin hydrated is crucial for prolonging your spray tan. Use a hydrating lotion daily to nourish and quench your skin. Our personal favorite is the Hemp Nation Tan Extender, which helps to lock in moisture and extend the life of your tan. Well-hydrated skin will hold onto the spray tan longer and allows the colour to fade more evenly.

7. Avoid Exfoliation

Exfoliating scrubs, loofahs, and harsh washcloths can remove layers of your tan. Avoid these products during your holiday to keep your tan intact. If you need to exfoliate, do so gently and sparingly, focusing on areas where your tan might become patchy.

8. Wear Loose Clothing

Tight clothing can rub against your skin and cause your tan to fade unevenly. Opt for loose, breathable fabrics, especially right after you’ve gotten your spray tan and during your holiday. This will reduce friction and help your tan last longer.

9. Be Cautious with Sweat

Sweating can also cause your tan to fade faster. If you’re engaging in physical activities or traveling to hot climates, try to stay cool and dry as much as possible.

10. Moisturise After Swimming

Saltwater and chlorine can dry out your skin, leading to a quicker fade of your spray tan. After swimming in the sea or pool, rinse off with fresh water and apply a good moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated and your tan looking fresh.

9. Top Up With Fake Tan Or Gradual Tanner

If you notice your spray is fading or becoming patchy, you can top up you tan while on holiday using a gradual tanning lotion or fake tan. This is a great way to keep your colour looking fresh until you return home.

By following these simple tips, you can enjoy a beautiful, even tan throughout your holiday. With a bit of care, your spray tan can be a fantastic way to enhance your natural glow and give you that extra confidence boost on your holiday.

For more detailed preparation tips before getting your spray tan, check out our comprehensive guide here. Enjoy your holiday and your gorgeous tan!