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Being outside with the sun shining on my dark spray tan is one of my favorite things about summer. My skin really pops against my clothes and makes me feel so confident. My beauty routine is fairly simple during the summer; I keep my makeup natural, and I usually only have a spray tan to maintain.

Luckily, the spray tan process is easy to maintain during all times of the year. As you know, prepping your skin is essential for setting yourself up for beautiful and natural spray tan results. Your preparations include exfoliating, shaving, and making sure to be free of any perfumes, lotions, or deodorants. For after-care, moisturizing is obviously a must to keep your spray tan intact and long lasting. You may think you have your spray tan after-care process perfected, but there’s something you may want to do a little more research on: the ingredients in the products you’re using.

I’m always preaching about how important it is to moisturize after a spray tan – but are you moisturizing with the right products? Have you ever looked into what’s actually in them? You’d be very surprised.

What you think is helping your spray tan and keeping it moisturized could actually be causing damage to your results and the longevity of your tan. Those lotions from Bath and Body Works? Not as good for your skin as you may think. Read the ingredient list, and you’ll see why! Researching what goes into your lotions and body washes is vital to your spray tan success. You should always be on the lookout for what you’re putting on your skin. Claims like “all natural” or “derived from natural ingredients” may sound trustworthy for spray tan care, but always read the label to know.

Watch out for products that contain bad ingredients for your skin. Parabens, for example, are used as preservatives in products to help prevent the growth of bacteria. Containing a mix of acid and alcohol, parabens are a no-go for your spray tan care. In general, lotions and products that contain mineral oil, sulfates, fragrances, alcohol, and citric acid are not good for your tan either and can cause it to streak and fade unevenly

To be safe, I highly recommend purchasing lotions and body washes from your spray tan salon that are specifically made for sunless results. These spray tan products will ensure your best outcome, and their formulas will help make your spray tan last even longer.

At times, it can be hard to find a lotion in stores with all the right and none of the wrong ingredients. Because of this, buying from a salon should always be your first choice. They’ll be the most spray tan-friendly and give you beautiful results. If you can’t buy from a salon, always research your ingredients! Your spray tan will thank you!

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