You shouldn’t exfoliate the day of a spray tan, but exfoliate your skin 24 hours before your spray tan. If you exfoliate too close to your spray tan, your skin needs to re-balance the natural oils removed during exfoliating.
If you have a lot of ingrown hairs and other imperfections, you can encourage them to come to the surface by using an exfoliating glove or mitt.
Using any oil-based products on your skin before your spray tan can also help bring impurities to the surface and make treating them easier. A spray tan can be a great way to feel sun-kissed without any of the harmful effects of the sun. Still, you need to prepare properly for your spray tan if you want to ensure that you get the best possible results from your session.
Keep reading if you want to learn more about noticing if you are over-exfoliating and many more tips and tricks.
How long after exfoliating should you moisturize?
Wait eight hours after exfoliating and then moisturize, just to be sure. Also, don’t moisturize the same day as your spray tan. Moisturizing the same day as your spray tan will leave you with a patchy and uneven color, so it’s best to wait 12 to 24 hours before doing so.
Exfoliating removes the old, dead skin from your body, which helps your skin look brighter and more youthful. Removing the dead cells means that you’re better able to absorb moisturizer or other topical treatments on your skin.
However, you may have to wait a certain amount of time before moisturizing after exfoliation to get proper absorption.
There’s no definitive answer on when to moisturize after exfoliating. Still, it’s generally recommended that you wait at least 15 minutes before applying moisturizer. Yet, I recommend 8 hours for the best results.
How do I know if I m over-exfoliating?
You’re exfoliating too often if you notice one or more of these symptoms:
- Your skin is red or inflamed.
- Your skin flakes between exfoliation sessions.
- Your skin is dry or tight.
- Your skin is sensitive to your products and environment.
- You’re experiencing irritation, itching, discomfort on your body, face, or lips.
- You experience stinging when you apply product to your skin after over-exfoliating.
There are many signs of over-exfoliation, and it is crucial to stop doing it. We stressed why exfoliation is essential in one of our blog posts, but we should also say that you shouldn’t overdo it.
The basic rule of thumb is to exfoliate two or three times a week, tops. Over-exfoliation can exacerbate skin conditions like redness, rosacea, dermatitis, dryness, and irritation.
How often should you exfoliate?
Exfoliating once a week is often enough. If you have sensitive, dry or tanned skin, don’t forget to use a gentle exfoliator. You should exfoliate twice weekly if you have sensitive or normal skin and once or twice weekly if you have oily skin.
You should wait 3 days after a spray tan to exfoliate to make sure your tan has developed fully. Exfoliating more than once a week can exacerbate your skin issues. The most important thing is to find an exfoliator that works for you and doesn’t irritate your skin.
It’s a good idea to exfoliate your face at least once each week. Gentle exfoliation is best, especially on the face. A little scrubbing is good if you have acne, but too much can worsen it.
If you want to learn how to exfoliate properly, check out our blog post and find out all about it. You will also get an easy homemade recipe for your scrub, so don’t forget to check it out.
Does exfoliating make you paler?
Yes, exfoliating can make you look a bit paler, but you won’t notice it if you do it once a week or once in two weeks. If you overdo it, your tan will fade more quickly.
The solution is to use a gentle exfoliator from time to time and srub gently. Plus, use moisturizer more, and your tan will last longer. Even though you may be afraid to lose your tan, you shouldn’t skip this step.
If you don’t exfoliate dead skin, dirt, old fake tans can cause buildup on your skin, and your new tan will appear messy and patchy.
Certain methods can strip the skin of its natural oils, which can cause the skin to appear duller, paler, and more tired-looking. However, if you follow our tips above, you will be satisfied with the results.
If you’re looking for a brighter complexion, you might not want to use a facial scrub that has particles so large it feels like sandpaper on your skin. Using a gentle exfoliant with small particles will give you glowing skin without the side effects of redness and irritation.
Conclusion: Can I exfoliate the day of a spray tan?
You can exfoliate the day of your spray tan, but I wouldn’t recommend it. This is because exfoliation can make your skin even more sensitive to the chemicals in a spray tan, increasing skin irritation risk. Instead, I would wait until at least 24 hours after your tan so that your skin has had a chance to calm down.
For best results, avoid exfoliating the day of your tan, but it is safe to exfoliate a day or two after the initial tanning session.
All in all, exfoliation will not increase your melanin production or fade your tan faster. The reason is that tanning is an oxidation reaction, and exfoliating skin a few days before getting a spray tan won’t change this reaction (so don’t do it). Yet, exfoliating before getting a spray tan can be beneficial to minimize streaks.
We hope this article sheds some light on the topic of exfoliation before a spray tan and that you will change your pre-tan routine after reading it.
If you have any more questions or concerns, feel free to comment down below, and we will find a solution together.