One of the most common questions that people ask when they enter a tanning salon is “how long will my tan last?” When you are investing your time and resources into a spray tan or UV tan, it’s a valid question. The answer isn’t as cut-and-dry as many people hope, because it has to do with a lot of individual factors.

Here’s what you need to know to have a better understanding of how long your tan can last:

How Long Does a Tan Last?

Those who prefer to use a UV tanning bed to achieve their best bronze will find that the length of time their tan lasts can vary. One individual may be able to go tanning in a UV bed every few weeks and maintain their glow, while others may find that their tan begins to fade within a few days. This has to do with the skin cell composition of the individual. Skin cells will exfoliate and replenish at different times for different people. A person who has quick skin cell turnover will lose their tan in a shorter amount of time, while those with a longer skin cell turnover cycle will find that their tan doesn’t fade as quickly. Using the right tanning lotions can help improve the strength and longevity of the tan.

How Long Does a Spray Tan Last?

Spray tans are achieved by using bronzers and other products that dye the skin and give it the appearance of a tan. When done properly, a spray tan can look very natural, but many people are left wondering how long it will last. On average, a spray tan will last between five and 15 days. An individual who has a spray tan applied should work with the tanning specialists at their salon in order to determine a skin care regimen that will help them prolong their tan. Proper skin care techniques can improve the appearance of a spray tan and also make it last for as long as possible. Spray tans can easily be reapplied when the color begins to fade.

How Do I Make My Tan Last Longer?

There are many tips and tricks available to help your tan last longer, regardless of whether you opt for a UV tanning experience or a spray tan application.

  • For UV tanning, the best way to maintain the glow is to continue going for tanning sessions on a regular basis. Once you determine how long your tan lasts naturally, you can schedule your sessions to prevent significant fading and maintain the color that you desire. You also can use tanning lotions that help you tan faster or achieve a darker tan.
  • For spray tanning, you will want to use the right products after the session in order to maintain the tan. Most people find that using moisturizers regularly will prevent their skin from exfoliating too early, which can help extend the lifespan of the spray tan.

Our clients know that they can trust us to provide them with a natural-looking, long-lasting glow — whether they prefer to use a UV tanning bed or a spray tan. We can recommend tanning lotions that will improve their results and help their tan last as long as possible.

For more information, book an appointment at our tanning salon today.