Making Your Sun or Spray Tan Last: #1 Starting With a Fresh Canvason Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Summer is here! Finally! While you’ve your fun adventures in the sun (and used sunscreen hopefully) you probably gained a gorgeous golden glow to your skin. But how can you make it last for as long as possible? Well, one way you can do that is to exfoliate your skin so the last layer lasts as long as possible.
Start with a “fresh canvas.”
A tan is a change in the top layer of your skin—one caused by either the sun or chemical agents in a spray. (No, spray tans are not dye. At least, not good ones.)
The longer that top layer of skin sticks around, the longer you’ll look tan. So exfoliate before you tan.
“Prepare a fresh canvas,” says Plotkin, “the freshest skin possible. I recommend dry brushing because it will gently buff off dry skin, but won’t be irritating like a harsh scrub.”
Give yourself a gentle, dry scrub with a soft-bristled bath brush. Even if you’re already tan, you might want to shed before you re-tan yourself.