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It’s summer, and sweat is inevitable! As we have discussed, you know that sweat and deodorant can turn into a problem when your tan is developing. If you just got a fresh spray tan, sweat can turn it into a greenish tone, so let’s talk alternatives. 

Summer ready in Boulder

The secret to not sweating off your tan is applying calming baby powder—yes, the Johnson and Johnson kind we are all very familiar with. The best thing about it is that you can find this product at any local drugstore or supermarket. After your tanning session is over, take some time to air-dry, then use a large, fluffy makeup brush to dust the white powder from your face to your toes, or any specific area you’ve had tanned. This will prevent it from streaking, smearing, or changing color. It will also absorb oil and odor, so you don’t feel sticky or get self-tanner marks all over your clothes and/or sheets. This is a very effective method, especially if you have booked your appointment before a commitment or work, or if it’s a hot day. 

Once your tan has developed for eight hours, aftercare is important to ensure a long-lasting tan and even fade. For the first shower after your tan, it’s always best to use lukewarm water. Avoid shower gels that leave residue behind on the skin—your first clue is that the product brands itself as “deeply moisturizing.” The residue from the moisturizer can degrade the life of your tan, so stick to basic, natural products. Proper hydration is what will make your glow last, but an oil-rich formula will make it slip right off. Use a very basic lotion that isn’t oil-based, and moisturize in the shower or right after.

Heavy exercise, sweating, sunscreen, and chlorine can deplete the life of your tan, so avoid hitting the gym, beach, or pool if you wish to maintain your glow for longer.