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Spray Tanning 101 - How Often Can I Get Spray Tans?



Spray tanning is a great way to colour your complexion to give you a bronzed, dewy glow. You can look like you just got back from a holiday in Barbados or the weekend at the beach. Spray tans can make the palest of skin look healthy and radiant.

Spray tans are a better alternative to tanning beds which expose you to dangerous amounts of ultraviolet radiation. Overexposure to UV rays can cause your skin to age prematurely and put you at serious risk for skin cancer. The disadvantages of tanning beds far outweigh any benefits they may bring.

Better Alternatives

Most women are very conscious of the kind of chemicals they put on their bodies. Anything you put on your skin will be absorbed into your bloodstream, and these chemical substances may negatively affect your endocrine and liver functions. It is best to scrutinize the ingredients of your beauty products carefully, especially ones that will be applied liberally, like spray tans.

The good news is that there is a wide variety of spray tan products that are made from all-natural ingredients. Be sure to pick a tanning salon that offers treatment solutions that are organic and free of harmful chemicals.

How Often Can You Spray Tan?

Because you are constantly shedding skin cells, spray tans are not permanent. A natural spray tan will last approximately seven to nine days, depending on how quickly your skin exfoliates the tanned layer and how well you care for your skin.

If you want to keep your skin colour constant, you can return to your tanning specialist every week or so for a touch-up. While some girls like to keep their skin colour consistent, some experts do recommend allowing a breathing period after a few applications.

Making Your Spray Tan Last

Proper care before and after having your spray tan applied can make sure it lasts as long as possible. Consult your tanning salon for tips and recommendations to get the best results that are specific to the products they will be using.

You can shave unwanted body hairs, gently exfoliate your skin as well a day or two prior to having colour applied. Exfoliating with body scrubs and natural sponges can remove dead skin cells and flakes of skin so you can help it better adhere to the different parts of your body.

Be sure to stay away from chemical-based exfoliants as these may irritate your skin and cause redness and swelling. Don’t forget to moisturize and hydrate your skin before you visit the tanning salon and begin your treatment.

Even with non-organic ingredients, most spray tans will fade after ten days. The darker your spray tan, the longer it will last.


After your appointment at the tanning salon, you will be given mesh or paper bottoms to use, so you don’t get unwanted colour on your underwear. Wear loose clothing so you avoid rubbing off the product from your body. Wait for at least six to eight hours before you bathe so you can maximize the absorption of the spray tan solution into your skin.


If your tan starts to fade after a few days, don’t try to “top-off” your tan by going back for a touch up prematurely. Your tanning salon will recommend waiting a few more days before re-applying again to avoid uneven patches or skin that becomes too dark.

Wrapping Up

Spray tans offer a fast, easy, and safe way to achieve a sun-kissed look. The better you care for your Get the most out of every application by preparing your skin beforehand and being vigilant about care afterward.

Are you looking for a safer alternative to sunbathing and tanning beds in Toronto? Try our natural spray tan made from organic and skin-friendly ingredients like rosehip oil, coconut water, and vitamin E. Book your appointment with us and get healthy, glowing skin in no time!

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