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Factors that can affect your tan

  • Anti-aging, smoothing, or skin renewal products can increase fading and can cause blotchiness

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids can speed up exfoliation and skin turnover.

  • Beta Hydroxy Acids, & Retin-A type can increase fading and can lighten a tan

  • Toners containing high amounts of alcohol or witch hazel can fade a tan (witch hazel extract is fine).

  • Anti-acne products can cause faster fading, peeling, and blotchiness.

  • Any medication that affects the skin or skin health can affect a tan.

  • Antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs can affect a tan.

  • Make-up remover, cleaning preparations or oils can fade a tan.

  • Bar soaps, even moisturizing ones can be very harsh on the skin and a sunless tan.  Deoderant soaps should be avoided. Use a SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) free body wash for a longer lasting tan.

  • Lotions containing mineral oil can cause rapid or poor fading. Do not use a rough wash implement for daily washing, use a soft washcloth or your hand.

  • Adhesive tape, or products applied to the skin can "pull" the tan off. (surgical tape, bandage, or peel off facial strips).

  • Hair removal procedures and depilatory produccs will lighten tanned skin.  Waxing will also fade or remove a tan.  It is recommended to wax the day before you spray tan.

  • Shaving exfoliates the skin so clients should use a sharp razor with a lubricating product.  Be sure not to use any with mineral oil.  Dull shaving can increase fading or cause stripes.

  • Body hair bleach products will also bleach the underlying skin.

  • Submersion in hot tubs, long hot baths, swimming pools, fresh or salt water can lighten a tan.  Reapply a lotion after swimminng an always pat dry after bathing or swimming; do not rub.  Use a mineral oil free sunscreen.

  • Women may tan differently during various hormonal changes (menstruation, pregnancy or breastfeeding.

  • Oil skinned areas such as; face, chest, neck and upper back can sometimes tan lighter that the surrounding skin.

  • Lower legs/shins often tan lighter/therfore, more product should be applied in these areas.

  • Insect repellent sprays and some perfumes, when sprayed directly onto the skin, remove or fade a tan. Perfume should bed applied behind ears and inside of wrist, or mist on clothing.

  • Excessive sweating and rubbing can cause a tan to fade faster.

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