How long does a Spray Tan Last?

A spray tan is a fast, easy way to get a fantastic glow without the dangerous adverse effects of basking in the sunlight & its dangerous UV radiation. But to retain that bottled glow, get ready to hydrate and exfoliate you skin in order to maximize the effect of you spray tan!

How Long Does a Spray Tan Last?

This is the most commonly asked question by spray tan virgins and there is no definitive answer, but in our opinion a tan application will last anywhere from 5 to 10 days. However, the duration of the tan is based on the skill of the therapist and the tanning solution they are using. Depending on who applies it really makes a huge difference, as does the ‘brand name’ of the tan!

It should also be noted that the same spray tan technique used on two individuals may return vastly contrasting results.

As a rule of thumb the cheaper products can tend make you look orange, but this can also be the result of the therapist ‘caking’ and using too much tan on application!

St Tropez and Fake Bake are both superb products and last easily 7 – 10 days and produce a beautiful natural looking result, but there are also specific actions you need to take to protect your tan before & after its use.

A suggestion: if a business states that their tanning products will definitely last much longer in comparison to anybody else’s, this is just sales hype. A self-tan will only last as long as your epidermis will allow (lasting past 10 days is highly unlikely!). Anyone claiming a spray tan will last past this period is highly questionable!

That being stated, check out a few techniques and procedures that could help your spray tan last for as long as possible: –


Bath or shower immediately before your tanning application.

Remove all traces of products which could congest or cover your epidermis pores. These can be made up of antiperspirants, fragrances, creams, and so forth.

It’s very important to prepare your skin before application. Make sure you get rid of dead skin cells by exfoliating! Use a good quality body scrub and body loofah to rid yourself of these dead cells. This will help the tan stick to your skin resulting in a better result!

The skinHow long does a spray tan last?

It is important to understand the skin in order to find out how long a spray tan will last.  Our skin is the largest organ in our body.  It is a living, breathing organ.  The skin consists of three layers:  the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous layer. The epidermis is the top layer and the five parts of the epidermis are the stratum basale, the stratum spinosum, the stratum granulosum, the stratum licidium, and the stratum corneum.  The bottom layer is the stratum basale which has cells shaped like columns.  According to Dr. Heather Brannon, “In this layer cells divide and push already formed cells into higher layers.  As cell move into higher layers, they flatten and die.”  The top layer , the stratum corneum consists of flat, dead cells that shed about every two weeks.

The shedding of skin

The human skin shedding rate is called the desquamation rate.  The desquamation of human skin is approximately 945 cells per square centimeter of skin per hour.  This shedding of skin varies with a low of 530 cells to a high of 1856 cells.  Skin makes up 16 percent of the human body consisting of approximately 1.6  trillion skin cells.  Between 30,000 to 40,000 skin cells fall off every hour.  In 1 year a human being will shed about eight pounds of skin!

What factors influence the shedding of skin?

As a person ages the skin shedding process slows down. Ultra violet light can can also slow the desquamation rate.  Another factor to consider is the health of an individual.  Someone with thyroid disease can have a slower or faster skin shedding rate, depending on the kind of thyroid disease the person has.  A person with hypothyroidism has a slower shedding rate while someone with hyperthyroidism sheds skin faster.  A pregnant woman sheds skin faster and people with different skin diseases have altered rates of skin shedding.  Have you ever wondered where all this shed skin goes?  All the dust in your home, on your furniture and on your window sills is made up of little pieces of shed skin cells!


Skin moisturising is needed before and after application if you want to keep you tan and lovely colour for as long as possible.

After care

There are a couple of things to avoid in order to prolong your tan! Do not go swimming as the chlorine in the water can react withsienna x the tan causing it to prematurely fade. Change your washing routine. Long soaks in the bath with lots of bubbles will again fade your tan so I would aim to have regular short showers to maximize longevity.

How Long Does a Spray Tan Last?

Taking into consideration that DHA, the dynamic element in sunless tanning, only sticks to the outer layer of your skin and does not penetrate beyond this, when your epidermis begins to shed its dead cells your tan will start to discolour and rub off. The spray tan will last longer for the person who sheds slowly and wouldn’t last as long for the person with a faster rate of skin shedding! Be sure to exfoliate again at this point to get rid of flaky patches of skin/tan!

In summary we believe that generally, the 7 to 10 day period would probably be a good guide to how long a spray tan lasts for most people!

Now it’s over to You!

What is the longest that your spray tan has ever lasted? What great tips or tricks did you use to make it last that long?

Please, feel free to leave us your comments below to let us know!

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