When you have a sexy tan you want to show off! What better place than a swimming pool, eh? However, you might worry about your tan running off as soon as you get into the water. So, will you be only sitting next to the pool once you get a tan?
No honey, that’s not the case. Not always, but yes, a few hours after spraying yourselves with a gorgeous bronze shade at a tanning salon.
Spray tans are waterproof, but not immediately after you get them done.
You must take a few precautions after you get a tan.
- Avoid getting into the pool or shower 6-8 hours after tanning.
- Avoid spending much time in a pool.
- Avoid pools with chlorine water in them.
Swimming with a tan
Public pools usually have a higher chemical concentration in the water. This can make your tan fade quicker. It is believed that chemicals bleach the tan. The chemicals also dry out your skin. The drier the skin, the faster the tan fades.
It is a good idea to take a quick cold shower after you come out of the pool. This will wash off the chemicals from your skin.
Spending time in the waters
Love spending much time splashing in the water? To your surprise, this, too, can decrease the life of your tan! Take a quick dip, preferably for 15 minutes, and be out of the pool.
The same rule applies when you are at the beach or in the bathtub. When you stay in water for long water penetrates through the dead skin layer on the epidermis (skin surface). This layer is where your tan develops with the help of DHA present in the tanning product.
Do you know what can happen when you stay longer in the bathtub or in the ocean waters?
You would come out looking like a raisin!
The water seeping into the dead skin layer loosens the skin cells and lifts off the dead cells. This causes exfoliating action. The lifted cells shed off, and so does your tan. The shedding may not happen evenly, so it gives you the raisin-like look, with streaks and patches. Who wants this!
Perhaps that’s why Boca Raton tanning salon experts advise against exfoliating your skin after getting a tan. You must do it before the tan.
Tips to enjoy the waters with a tan
- Swim only upto 10-15 minutes to avoid the water penetrating into the dead skin layer.
- Get into the water after 8 hours of spray tanning. It would be best if you get into the pool the next day.
- Apply waterproof sunscreen before stepping out in the sun, especially when out at the beach. This prevents your tan from getting damaged by the sun.
- If the pool water is chlorinated, take only a quick swim and then immediately take a quick cold shower to wash off the chemicals that may have stuck to your skin.
- Avoid rubbing your skin after getting out of the water. Pat dry.
- Moisturize your skin after patting dry.
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