Extend the Life of Your Tan: Make it Last

Whether you acquired your tan from a can, cream, booth or spray tan artist one thing is for certain. IT WILL FADE. Fading has less to do with the application method and much more to do with your skins natural shedding process. The top layer of skin, which is what has been affected from the DHA in your sunless solutions, sheds naturally and sometimes unevenly.

But have no fear there are a few steps you can take to get the most out of your glow. Below is some practical advice from a gal who has tried and seen it all.


  1. Don’t shower!! Wait as long as you can to shower after DHA has been applied. It can take up to 24hrs to fully take effect. I recommend to my clients to wait at least 12 hours before getting wet.
  2. In 12-24hrs after the tan, feel free to shower. Use a mild or moisturizing soap. Do not scrub your skin. This is not the time to exfoliate. Your new goal is to keep the skin you have on as long as you can while maintaining a healthy glow.
  3. Moisturize. I can’t emphasize this enough. Use a daily moisturizer all over you skin, you need to do this at least daily. If you can do it twice a day you are a super star.
  4. Use a sunless tanning cream that has moisturizers and DHA in it. If you were sprayed by a professional, ask them what they recommend. Or send me a message and I’ll be happy to recommend some products to you based on your skin type.
  5. Drink water. Sounds silly but it works. It’s really great for the skin.

Take this advice and you will extend the life and luster of your spray tan. The last thing you want is to fade in noticeable places and look fake. The above recommendations are suggestions to help.

Who else has some tips out there?

Anti-Aging Airbrush Spray Tan

This episode of The Doctors, aired on May 14th, shows the before and after effects of quality airbrush equipment and solutions. I am not a doctor and this is for information purposes only. Always consult your own personal doctor before using  prescription medication or taking medical advice.

After her spray tan model has no orange hue and looks healthy and natural. This is the type of tan that BronzedBerry provides it’s clients. It is important that you remain a natural color.

I had mixed oppinions of this video. The model was able to show the before and after effects of an instant airbrush spray tan. One that was natural and healthy looking.

However….the doctor who is being interviewed and quoted makes some pretty unrealistic claims that I would like to address.

The anit-aging tan. He claims that the anti-aging properties in his solution come from the prescription drug, Retin A. This drug has been used to treat skin issues, such as acne. It has shown to also diminish the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles.

Nothing I have ever read or could find would indicate that one application would yield a client improvements in their skin.

My personal experience with beauty products has always been that to see long term effects of the product requires prolonged use of that product. The doctor in this video does not go into such detail. My assumption is that you would need this treatment multiple times to see any kind of effect.

He also claims that his spray tan will last 10-20 days. This is something that I would like to challenge. Again I am not a doctor but DHA, the active ingredient in spray tanning solutions only penetrates the top layer of the epidermis (skin). This part of your skin naturally falls off about every 5-10 days. So if the active ingredient in his solution is DHA it would seem impossible for it to last as long as his claim.

I suppose it’s possible that the combination of DHA and Retin A  could actually penetrate deeper into the epidermis and you could see longer results. This is unknown to me.

What I can say is that BronzedBerry offers, natural and organic solutions to provide our clients withe the safest sunless tanning on the market. It’s great to see inivators comign out and testing our limits but until there is more evidence that this type of treatment is helpful and safe we’ll have to wait.

Worth noting I have heard that Retin A makes your skin very sensitive to sun so if you are using it or have gone to a place that has provided a treatment like described in the video, please consult your dermatologist about recommended sun exposure.

Aime Decker Makeup Beauties


Check out Amie Decker Makeup’s beautiful brides. Each bride has something uniquely beautiful about them. I’m not sure if any of these women tanned or spray tanned before their big day but what I can say is each of them look gorgeous. Every women should and can look glamorous and beautiful. They way our skin looks plays a large role in our self esteem. Sunless airbrush spray tanning can give you an exceptionally natural glow for your perfect day.