Top 5 tips to make the spray tan on your face last longer

Do you find that the spray tan on your face doesn’t last a long as the rest of your bodBe your own kind of beautiful Sun SPlashy?

Our face tends to be the first place our beautiful tan fades, this is usually because we apply make-up and then we take it off again at the end of each day… or at least you should be!  I can usually get the spray tan on my face to last for around 7 days so here are my top 5 tips to keep your face looking sun kissed for longer.

1. Preparation is the key

Firstly, before your spray tan is applied you need to exfoliate your face thoroughly.  Spray tan loves a clean base free from dead skin.

There are many ways you can do this – gloves, scrubs and brushes.  Just remember your face only needs gentle exfoliating.  Work in circular motions avoiding the delicate skin around your eyes.

2. Check the products you’re using to remove make-up

Cleansers with high oil content or with exfoliators will strip your tan so avoid these during the life of your tan.

I find the best way to remove makeup is with good old-fashioned soap and water and by soap I don’t mean bar soap!  I use a small amount of body wash that is designed for use with a spray tan.  It is a gentle and effective cleanser that is free from Sulphates so it wont fade your tan.  Make sure that you rinse your face thoroughly so that no cleansing residue remains and blot your face dry with a clean towel.

Avoid the use of makeup removal wipes as the constant wiping of the skin could cause your tan to go streaky.

3. Give the toner a miss

Avoid toner during the life of your tan. Most toners these days contain exfoliators such as salicylic and fruit acids for anti-ageing.   However, if you want to remove a spray tan from your face then a toner is an easy way to remove the dead skin, which will in turn remove your tan.

4. Are you using the correct moisturiser? 

You need to use a moisturiser that is water based containing little or no oil.  Those containing mineral oil or high oil content will make your spray tan slide right off.  The same goes for anti-aging moisturiser and heavy night creams… leave these until after your tan has faded.

5. Use a Tan extender

Using a tan extender that contains the same solution as you were sprayed with is highly recommended.  They contain high quality ingredients that are designed to work perfectly with your spray tan.  Beware of some ‘off the shelf’ tan extenders or gradual tanners as some produce orange results and can clog the pores causing blackheads.

So, after you have removed your make up and dried your face thoroughly, apply some tan extender to your face and neck as you would normal moisturiser.  When your tan starts to fade applying tan extender every 2 days should give you just the boost you need.  Don’t forget to wash your hands after you have applied it.

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