In Blog, Tips

Showering After Your Tanning Bed Session Could Ruin Your Tan

We love tanning beds! They offer a quick and easy way to get a great-looking tan, regardless of the weather or the time of day. Of course, the body will be exposed to heat, even if it’s for a short period of time. So, once you’re done with your tanning session, you will probably feel the need to take a shower —you know, to refresh yourself.

Although a shower may sound nice, it is not necessarily a good idea. Not if you want to enjoy that tan for more than a day. Here are some of the reasons why you should avoid showering after a sunbed tanning session.

Don't Shower After a Sunbed Tanning Session

A shower after your sunbed tanning sessions could ruin your tan.

Keeps Your Tan From Being Absorbed by the Skin

Do you know how when you work out hard, you still feel hot and sweaty for some time after you are finished? The body doesn’t immediately cool down and stop sweating. It takes some time. Something similar happens to the melanin in your skin.

As you may remember, melanin is the pigment that gives color to your skin. It is stimulated by UV rays, which makes the skin darken. That stimulation doesn’t only happen when you’re in the tanning bed or booth. It’s a process that keeps going even after you walk out of the tanning salon. If you shower immediately after your tanning session, you’re going to stop the process and minimize the effectiveness of your tan, and that’s the total opposite of what you want.

Kisses Your Bronzer Goodbye

Bronzer or tanning accelerators are meant to speed up the tanning process and give your skin that extra glowy look. A shower will wash away every last drop of that solution, which will not only impact the final look of your tan but you will have wasted your money on a product that didn’t even get a chance to work its magic on your skin.

Gives Your Body Some Time to Tan

It feels like a quick process, and it is, but your body keeps working after you hop out of the tanning booth. Give it at least a couple of hours before you decide to take a shower. You’ll get more effective and longer lasting results that way.