How to Maintain and Extend the Life of Your Spray Tan

Maintaining an airbrush/spray tan can take a little work, but if you put the time and effort into it, your tan can last up to ten days.

Wait Before You Wash

One of the biggest things you should remember is not to wash off the bronzer and DHA too soon! I routinely get spray tans, but in the beginning I would get too worried about the color being too dark or get too impatient, and I would wash before the DHA had time to do its magic. I tell people to wait at least 8-12 hours before showering, the longer you wait, the better! Make sure your first shower you are only rinsing off the bronzer, not scrubbing with your loofah brush! When you do use soap on your next wash, make sure it is a mild cleansing body wash. I actually use Natural Concepts from WalMart. It's a decent, cheap body wash that does not contain soap or AHA(alpha hydroxy acid). AHA can cause premature exfoliation, and that is a bad thing when you are trying to maintain a spray tan. I would also suggest steering clear of any Dove products or Bath and Body Works products when you are trying to maintain your sunless tan.

Avoid Hot Showers/Baths

Always avoid long hot showers and baths, and do not scrub your skin. If you must use a washcloth, make sure it is a soft one, but using your hands and your mild body wash works the best. When you are finished showering, pat your skin, don't rub! The friction from the towel can make your tan rub right off!

Avoid Exposure To Too Much Chlorine

Now, I know we all like to go to the pool or sit in a hot tub when we have a beautiful tan, but the chlorine in swimming pools and hot tubs can actually remove the tan, or at least, shorten the longevity of your tan. If you must go in the pool/hot tub, remember to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! That will help, but you will still see some fading.


Moisturizer is a spray tanner's best friend. The more you moisturize, the longer your tan will last. Apply morning and evening at the very least, and again, make sure the moisturizer does not have AHA(Alpha Hydroxy Acid). I like using Body Butter from the Body Shop, it also has a nice sheen when applied over your tan.

Exercise Cautiously

Take care when exercising--the sweat and friction can definitely cause problems with premature fade or uneven fade. Wear loose clothes if you can, and try to make sure your bra fits well and does not dig into any areas. When those areas sweat, the bra acts like an exfoliant!

Use After Spray Tan Extenders

There are products available to help extend your tan. Many of the spray tanning companies offer their own products such as moisturizers, tan extenders( with DHA), and body washes intended primarily for people who spray tan. I suggest at the very least to purchase the aerosol personal bronzer, especially due to the fading issues of faces and hands. The personal bronzer gives you the abilitiy to self-spray small areas of the body that have prematurely faded.

Spray tans have definitely come a long way. They aren't perfect, and even with the best care the face and hands tend to fade faster than the rest of the body, and certain areas such as between the breasts can sometimes look blotchy, but in my opinion the health benefits far outweigh the few imperfections you can get. Spray tans offer a safe alternative to UV tanning, and generally provide a great color.

With the above suggestions, you now have the tools and knowledge to extend the life of your spray tan as long as you can. Do you have any special product or technique you use to extend you spray tan? 

10 Anti Aging Benefits of Water

We all know that water is an extremely important nutrient for survival. But besides keeping us alive or just quenching our thirst, it can do a number of things in our bodies to keep us healthy and to help fight the aging process.

Many experts say the average person should drink about 64 ounces of water per day. Other experts say you should drink 1/2 ounce for every 1 pound of body weight to account for all the water loss through the consumption of coffee, alcohol etc. Regardless of the number you use, the sad truth is most of us do not consume nearly enough water throughout the day to really reap the tremendous benefits that clean, fresh water can give us.

10 Anti Aging Benefits of Water

Check out the benefits of drinking enough water each day...

1) Feeds and cleans the cells

Water makes up more than 60 percent of our body weight, and without enough water, other nutrients in the form of food or supplement will have a hard time being assimilated quickly and efficiently. Water moves in and out of the cells on a constant basis. This process helps dissolve nutrients and carries them where they need to go and it carries waste out of the body. Water also feeds your cells to you give you the energy you need. Before grabbing that next cup of coffee or expensive "energy drink" try downing a big glass of water instead.

2) Improves the digestive process

Water works much like oil does in a machine; it keeps us running smooth. Without it, our digestive processes tend to slow down and get sluggish. This can cause a digestive "backup" or in other words, constipation.

3) Maintains an even body temperature.

Whether it is extreme heat or extreme cold, water is a crucial element to helping your body temperature stay out of the danger zone. In extreme heat, our bodies sweat, causing a loss of a lot of water. Not only will water help keep your body temperature from over-heating, causing heat stroke, it will also help prevent serious dehydration. In cold weather, hypothermia is just as serious as heat stroke. Nurses in an Alaskan Hospital have said that dehydration is the number one cause of frostbite.

4) Helps the body heal after sickness, injury or surgery

The body will tend to retain water to help itself heal. By drinking lots of extra water, this process will be amplified. Water will also help flush viruses and infections out of the body.

5) Lubricates and cushions the joints

Water molecules don't like to be crowded too close together. Because of this, water molecules will spread out, forming a cushion that helps lubricate the joints. Sufferers of diseases like arthritis and gout can really feel the benefit of an abundance of water in their diet. 

Water molecules don't like to be crowded too close together. Because of this, water molecules will spread out, forming a cushion that helps lubricate the joints. Sufferers of diseases like arthritis and gout can really feel the benefit of an abundance of water in their diet. Besides cushioning the joints, water also acts as a shock absorber inside the eyes and within the spinal cord.

6) Makes Your Skin Soft And Smooth

Water is very important for skin to be soft and smooth. Without enough water, the skin will more easily wrinkle and dry out. Water makes the skin more elastic. However, too much of a good thing can be a bit harmful as well. Soaking in a hot bath or hot tub for too long will strip the natural oils out of the skin. These oils are what helps keep the moisture in. Spraying your face with a little water is great for a little pick me up. Using a humidifier in dryer climates is very beneficial for the skin as well.

7) Helps Halt Kidney and Gallstone Formation

Water helps flush waste and impurities from the body. Enough water circulating through the body should be enough to help combat the formation of kidney and gall stones. Gallstones are created when the bile secreted by the liver does not contain enough water. Drinking plenty of water will keep these two organs working with ease.

8) Weight Loss

Although there is a difference of opinion by some experts regarding drinking water before meals, the general consensus is that drinking some water before a meal will cause you to feel more full, thereby helping you eat less at each meal. Drinking water will also give you more energy to do a little extra exercise too.

9) Germs be gone

Water isn't just for the inside of the body. The best way to rid the germs lurking on your hands is a good soap and water washing. Fewer germs mean less sickness and disease.

10) Makes you smarter

The brain is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body that is highly affected when we are not consuming enough water. Water will help you be able to focus, concentrate, and complete tasks more efficiently.

Have you ever stopped to think about how much water you drink in a day? Is it enough to accomplish the important tasks your body has that requires adequate water to effectively hit the mark? Drinking water only when your feel thirsty is not a good way to judge whether or not you are drinking enough water.

The fact of the matter is, by the time your brain signals your body to trigger a thirst response, you have already gone into slight dehydration. By remembering to drink at least 64 ounces of clean, fresh water every day, you will be in a great place to help fight the many signs of aging, increase your energy level and help stave off certain illnesses as well.

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