How to Make Your Spray Tan Last Longer, According to an Expert

Here’s the life cycle of getting a spray tan: You amp yourself up for five days, telling yourself you won’t turn orange like an Oompa Loompa, then spend the day of your tan obsessively checking for streaks and spots, then prance around for approximately one week in a golden glee of tank tops and selfies, then watch for two weeks as your beautiful, glimmering bronze fades to a patchy, sad nothingness.

Sadly, your faux tan won’t last forever. “The darker the spray tan, the longer, in theory, it should last on your skin, because it’ll contain a higher level of DHA,” says celebrity spray tanner and co-founder of Isle of Paradise, Jules Von Hep. (Side note: DHA is short for dihydroxyacetone, the active ingredient in sunless tanners.) “A light, subtle tan will last for roughly five days, a medium tan will last seven or eight days, and dark tan should be able to last for 10 days,” he says.

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