Shaving is a common way to remove your body hair, but can you do it after a spray tan?
My clients dread the looming ‘stubble’ that would appear a few days after shaving pre-tan.
The answer is yes, but it depends on a few aspects that I’d like you to read. Have a scroll through this guide to assess whether shaving your legs after you’ve fake tanned will leave you smooth and de-haired, or unfortunately patchy.
Let’s start with describing how fake tan works.
How does fake tan work
The top few layers of the skin are temporarily stained with fake tan. The DHA (a simple carbohydrate), reacts with the oxygen in the air and the amino acids in the skin, causing a gradual darkening effect. Much like if you bit an apple and left it out!
The skin renewal process
Now we move on to the skin, and how it sheds. The epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin), is constantly renewing itself. The lower layers of the epidermis form new cells, and these surface in roughly 4 weeks, replacing the older cells.
Can I shave after tanning
Using the knowledge that fake tan temporarily stains the top few layers of the skin and that the skin is constantly renewing itself, it can be determined that your fake tan will be temporary, usually lasting around one week.
Yes, you can shave after spray tanning, but be aware that some of your colour may come off, especially if you soak in the bath or shower for long periods of time prior to shaving.
Have in-grown hairs or razor bumps ever ruined your vacation? If you’ve suffered from those unsightly red bumps on your legs or bikini line, follow our 6 top tips to shave like a pro pre-tan. How to shave before a spray tan How to shave after spray tanning
How to prolong your tan
Shave like a pro
Have in-grown hairs or razor bumps ever ruined your vacation? If you’ve suffered from those unsightly red bumps on your legs or bikini line, follow our 6 top tips to shave like a pro pre-tan.
How to shave before a spray tan
How to shave after spray tanning