Even some tanning salon owners believe its best to shower after tanning, but can it really impact your glow?
Most avid tanners have a set routine.
They use a certain type of bed, a specific type of lotion and a detailed skin care routine to keep their color looking its best.
For many, this routine entails waiting to shower after they tan.
While some will wait a few hours, others take the showering after tanning belief pretty far, and will wait 24 hours or more before they decide to shower.
This is a strategy that many people, from avid tanners to tanning salon owners, abide by, but there is actually little truth to this post-tanning ritual.
Why Do People Wait on Their Post-Tan Shower?
Before diving into the specifics of the shower after tanning debate, it is important to address where this belief comes from.
Most believe avoid showering after tanning because they believe that the full tanning process takes 24-48 hours to complete.
This is true, the process can take up to two days, and it is something that most tanners know and experience first hand.
While it does take this long for the effects UV lights to deliver full color, a shower does not have the ability to wash away the tan or the effects of these lights.
When you lay down in front of UV rays, the lights activate cells known as melanocytes. These cells then start the melanin production process that changes the pigment in the skin.
Soap and water will not reverse the effects of this process.
What About Lotions and Bronzers?
Many people are concerned about their tanning lotions, particularly their bronzers following a tanning session.
It is true that a shower will wash away bronzers and their scent.
For a majority of bronzers, this doesn’t matter as they are only active as long as the tanning session.
If you have a bronzer that claims to work all day or for hours after a session, then it may benefit your results to wait a few hours after tanning to wash off.
Make sure to ask the tanning consultant about any long-term bronzers in your lotion first.