FAQ: Do I need to wait to shower or swim after tanning?

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Ok, Sun Tan City fans, lets settle this once and for all: Is it okay to shower after tanning?

Our answer…it depends on the type of tan you get.

After tanning in one of our indoor tanning beds (like our Fast, Faster, Fastest, or Instant beds), you can shower as soon as you’d like! Because indoor tanning beds work by UV light penetrating your skin (and changing the pigment), your tan cannot wash away in the shower. Taking a shower, though, may cause your skin to cool faster, which will take away some of the reddening that is caused by the heat of the bed (which will fade, over time, whether you shower or not). It takes a few days for the full result of your time in a tanning bed to develop, so shower or not, you’ll see the best results later in the week.

Showering after a Sunless Tanning Booth visit is another story. Sunless tanning solution, even if tinted, takes hours to fully develop. Getting your skin wet or wearing tight-fitting clothing during you processing time can make you tan smear or become uneven. So after spending time in either a VersaSpa or MyMyst Sunless Tanning Booth, you should wait anywhere from 4-6 hours before not only showering, but swimming or sweating.

And that, fabulous readers, is the truth behind showering after tanning. If you have more questions about showering after tanning, stop by your favorite Sun Tan City and ask one of our Tanning Consultants today!


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