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The Ultimate Guide to Prolonging Your Spray Tan's Lifespan

Are you frustrated that your spray tan isn't lasting as long as you expected it to? Don't worry; you're not alone. Many people face this issue, but there are several reasons why your spray tan might not be lasting the full amount of time you'd like it to. Here at Holytans blog, we'll delve into the common factors affecting spray tan longevity and provide you with practical tips to ensure your tan stays radiant for as long as possible.

1. Exfoliation Matters:

One of the primary reasons your spray tan might fade faster is improper exfoliation before the treatment. Dead skin cells can create a barrier between the spray tan solution and your skin. To maximize tan longevity, exfoliate thoroughly before your appointment to ensure a smooth canvas for the spray tan to adhere to.

2. Product Quality:

The quality of the spray tan solution matters significantly. Cheap or expired products can lead to uneven fading and a shorter tan lifespan. Ensure your tanning technician uses high-quality products or choose reputable self-tanning products for home use. Next time your visit us at Holytans, ask about our product post care line, and you'll be set.

3. Preparation Is Key:

Proper skin preparation is crucial. Avoid using mineral oil-based moisturizers or lotions before your spray tan appointment, as they can create a barrier that prevents the tan from adhering well. Follow your technician's pre-tan instructions carefully.

4. Aftercare:

The way you care for your tan after the application is vital. Avoid excessive sweating, swimming, or bathing multiple times a day, as these can lead to premature fading. Opt for quicker lukewarm showers and gentle pat-drying to extend your tan's life.

5. Hydration:

Hydrated skin retains a tan better. Drink plenty of water and moisturize your skin to keep it nourished. Dry skin tends to shed more quickly, which can cause your spray tan to fade faster.

6. Clothing Choices:

The clothes you wear immediately after your spray tan can impact its longevity. Loose, dark-colored clothing is recommended to prevent friction and color transfer onto your clothes.

7. Swimming and Hot Tubs:

Chlorine and hot tubs accelerate tan fading. If you're planning a pool day or a hot tub soak, consider applying a Holytans moisturizer and a water-resistant sunscreen to help protect your tan. But no guarantees.

8. Touch-Ups:

If you want your tan to last longer, consider getting yourself a Holytans custom made tanning mousse to touch-up between sessions. These can help maintain your tan's vibrancy and extend its lifespan.

9. Avoid Harsh Products:

Skip skincare products with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or salicylic acid, as they can strip away your tan. Opt for mild, tan-friendly products to maintain your spray tan.

10. Tan Extenders:

To get that continuous glow, consider adding our HolyWater mist to your skincare routine. It will refresh your face glow color between sessions.


While spray tans aren't permanent, you can take several steps to ensure they last longer and fade gracefully. By following the tips outlined in this guide, you'll be well on your way to enjoying a more extended and beautiful spray tan experience. Remember that each individual's skin is unique, so some experimentation may be needed to find the perfect routine that suits your skin type and lifestyle. Enjoy your radiant, sun-kissed glow!

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