You should wait at least 30 minutes to two hours after a tanning bed session and two to three hours after using lotions, four hours for spray tan, and up to eight hours for mousse before showering in order to preserve your tan. Sun tanning is the process of exposing skin to UV rays from the sun in order to stimulate melanin production. Tanning beds use UV rays as well but offer faster results. Sunless tanning can be achieved with lotions, sprays, or mousses that contain DHA. Showering after any type of tanning offers relaxation, hydration and helps remove any chemical residue on the skin.
It’s important to use cold or lukewarm water when showering after getting a tan – avoid hot water as it can strip away some of the color you just gained. Use mild soaps without sulfates or harsh chemicals as these can also damage your newly acquired hue. It’s best to keep showers short and sweet – no long baths that could wash away your beautiful bronze glow! Before heading out for a session, shave and exfoliate first, apply an FDA-approved bronzer or lotion, then finish with sunscreen once you’re done with the procedure.
Afterward, it’s best not only to shower but also moisturize right afterward too in order to lock in that great-looking coloration you worked hard to achieve! Remember though, that if you want a longer-lasting bronze shade, of course, waiting several hours before hopping into the shower will help make sure your golden tone stays intact much longer!