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How to Wear Sunscreen Over A Spray Tan

how to apply SPF with a spray tan

As summer approaches, the race to achieve that perfectly bronzed look is on. But with the increased focus on safe sun practices and the rise of spray tans, a new challenge has emerged: how to effectively apply sunscreen over a fresh spray tan without ruining the effects.

Let's be honest, wearing sunscreen over your spray tan sounds challenging. You don't want to risk ruining your golden glow, but most spray tans don't offer sun protection. And, the whole reason behind getting a spray tan was to avoid exposing your skin to harmful UV rays in the first place! Ugh!

So, what's a girl to do? Fear not, here's everything you need to know to safely apply sunscreen over your spray tan or self tanner.

Tip #1: Make sure you wait 12-24 hours after applying your spray tan before slathering on the sunscreen. This way, you'll give your fake tan enough time for the pigment develop and set. After that, rest assured, the sunscreen won't smear, streak, or worse, remove your tan.

Tip #2: Choose a sunscreen formula that's oil-free and non-comedogenic. 

Tip #3: Consider using a spray sunscreen instead of a lotion. Sprays are easier and faster to apply, and they’re less likely to smudge your tan.

But be careful, because the wrong type of spray can leave you looking splotchy and uneven. They can also dry your spray tan out making it fade unevenly so opt for an alcohol-free SPF spray.

*Remember to reapply your sunscreen every two hours, and try to avoid direct exposure to the sun, especially during peak hours.

The Long and Short of It

The beauty industry has evolved significantly over the years. You can now choose alternatives (to harmful sun exposure) that still achieve that sun-drenched look. Spray tans have become increasingly popular, providing a gorgeous, golden hue without risking the damage of UV rays. Furthermore, there are a plethora of self-tanners abound including self-tanning lotions, self-tanning butters, self-tanning mousses, even self-tan serums!

But, with this newfound method of tanning comes a question: can you apply sunscreen over a self tanner or spray tan? The short answer is yes, you absolutely should. In fact, it's essential not only for your skin but your overall health.

However, not all sunscreens are created equal. Specific formulas may cause your tan to fade or even discolor your bronzed skin.

To be safe, look for products labelled "tan-safe," or opt for zinc-based sunscreens for a gentle, yet effective layer of protection. When in doubt, consult with your spray tan technician or local esthetician for recommendations.

Remember, bronze is beautiful, but safety always comes first.

With these tips and tricks in mind, you can stay protected while still having fun in the sun with your beautiful faux glow!

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