When and how to take a shower after a spray tan?

Wait Time:

Generally, you should wait at least 4 hours before showering after a spray tan. This allows the tanning solution to fully develop on your skin.
Some solutions are labeled as "rapid" or "express" tans, which may require a shorter wait time, typically 2 hours. Always follow the specific instructions provided by the spray tan technician or the product used.

Initial Shower:

Your first shower should be a quick rinse with lukewarm water, typically without using soap or body wash. The goal is to remove the initial bronzer but not the developing tan.

How to Shower

Water Temperature:

Use lukewarm water. Hot water can strip the tan and cause it to fade unevenly.

Gentle Rinse:

During the first shower, avoid scrubbing or exfoliating your skin. Let the water gently wash over you, helping to remove the bronzer.

Products to Avoid:

Avoid using any harsh soaps, body washes, or exfoliates during the first shower. These can interfere with the tanning process and cause streaking.
After the initial shower, use a mild, sulfate-free body wash to prolong the life of your tan.

Pat Dry:

When drying off, pat your skin gently with a towel instead of rubbing. Rubbing can cause the tan to wear off unevenly.

Additional Tips

After the first 24 hours, keep your skin well-moisturized with a gentle, hydrating lotion to maintain the tan and prevent dryness.
Limit activities that involve prolonged water exposure, such as swimming, long baths, or hot tubs, as these can cause the tan to fade more quickly.
Avoid exfoliating your skin until you're ready for your tan to fade evenly and you're preparing for the next spray tan session.