Whether it’s for the summer ahead, or you are looking to give the impression you’re always sun-kissed, a fake tan is a firm beauty favourite. However, anyone who’s had a fake tan applied or applied it themselves knows it can be a fickle beast and that if you don’t behave in a certain way before and after application, things can get messy.
You should exfoliate and moisturize prior to the tan to ensure you’re tanning new skin cells, preventing streaks. Afterwards, it is encouraged to moisturize regularly once the tan has fully developed. Some moisturizers are more effective than others.
It’s not just that you can moisturize after fake tanning, but rather that you should. This is confirmed by specialists. Here’s why it’s important to know about moisturising after fake tan, once those initial 8 hours have passed:
It Helps Prevent Dead Skin Cells
When your skin cells die, they flake off – taking your tan with it. This is also why it’s so important to have hydrated skin prior to the tan, because if you’re applying it to already-dry skin, your tan isn’t going to last the week, let alone the summer.
So, moisturising is important because it keeps your cells hydrated, your skin fresh and alive, and prevents you from losing your tan sooner than you’d hoped. Not only is it important, but the type you use is therefore important – the longer lasting, the better. 24-hour hydration moisturizers to keep an eye out for include The Inkey List and Espa’s 24hr Replenishing Moisturizer.
In order to increase the longevity of your tan, I would recommend moisturizing every morning and night, as well as after showering.
Tinted Moisturizer Helps Maintain Tan
Depending on the type of fake tan you’ve applied – be it from a bottle or sprayed on in a salon – your number one priority is usually to ensure that it lasts for as long as possible.
While the quality of the tan you apply is one of the key factors in its longevity, paired with the extent to which you keep your skin hydrated, you shouldn’t underestimate the power of tinted moisturizers. They’re the “double whammy” product of this particular beauty treatment, as they not only keep your skin hydrated, but they also keep your tan even when it starts fading. From a mild BB Cream to the slightly more concentrated La Mer Radiant Skin Tint, there are so many options to choose from, with plenty of reviews and tanning routines online to ensure you get a scope for what’s out there:
Certain Ingredients Can Remove Tan
While moisturising is important, it’s also important to ensure the moisturizer doesn’t contain any of the following ingredients, as they are known to strip tan prematurely. That said, it’s useful to know if you find that the tan is more intense in colour than you wanted, as they can soften the colour:
- Oil – oily moisturizers loosen skin cells in order to promote regeneration of cells, but this also loosens the tan, as getting rid of skin cells takes the tan with it.
- Citrus – products containing a high amount of citrus can weaken your tan, so be wary of this when choosing a moisturizer. If you think about how people use lemon juice to bleach their hair blonde, you can understand why it’s so effective in stripping colour from your skin, too.
Moisturized Skin Equals a Long-lasting Tan
In conclusion, the longer you keep your skin healthily moisturized, and away from soaps, scrubs or even moisturizers containing certain ingredients, the longer your tan will last. This confirms that it’s not just that you are allowed to moisturize after fake tan, but rather that you should aim to always do so.