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Can we shower immediately after a tanning session?

Tanning gives your skin a sun-kissed glow. Exposing your body to the sun for a few minutes can be both soothing and comforting, but having your body slathered in sunscreen isn't always pleasant. The desire to wash off after a tanning session is understandable, but could this potentially disrupt the skin's pigmentation process?

Published January 31, 2024, by Pauline, Head of Scientific Communication — 4 min read

Is it a good idea to shower after a tanning session?

During a tanning session, whether natural or artificial, the synthesis of melanin by melanocytes is activated in response to UV ray exposure. This process primarily serves a protective role for the epidermis, but also incidentally results in a sun-kissed complexion. When exposing oneself in this manner, it is important to adopt certain practices, among which includes the application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen. This complements the protection provided by melanin and limits the damage caused by UV radiation (sunburn, dryness, skin conditions...).

After returning from the beach or sunbathing, the desire to shower and remove all the sunscreen from the skin's surface is quite strong. However, there is often a fear that water, soap, or the friction of skin under the shower may be harmful to the tanning process and alter it. Rest assured: there is no connection between washing after a tanning session and the durability of the coloration, which typically lasts about a month. Indeed, the mechanism by which tanning fades is cellular differentiation, that is, the maturation of epithelial cells that load up with keratin to become dead cells (corneocytes) making up the horny layer and eventually being shed. This process is internal to the skin and is not influenced at all by the surface phenomenon of taking a shower.

Note : if you have applied a self-tanner to your face or body, wait at least 6 hours before taking a shower. It is indeed important to wait, as there is a risk of rinsing off some of the product and ending up with a non-uniform tan and areas that are more colored than others.

The benefits of showering after tanning.

Taking a shower after sunbathing is beneficial for skin health. This notably helps to rid the epidermis of any sun care products that may have mixed with sweat and sebum on its surface. It's important to remove all these impurities, as they could be responsible forclogging the skin's pores. This phenomenon then promotes the appearance of blemishes. A good shower is even more necessary if you're coming back from a sunbathing session at the beach or pool. Indeed, sand grains or pool chlorine can be irritating to the skin and cause dryness.

After showering, we recommend applying a nourishing cream or oil to your skin to soothe and replenish your epidermis. It is indeed common to experience slight warming sensations after sun exposure. Finally, in the following days, hydrate your skin intensely. This will help restore the hydrolipidic film present on its surface and compensate for the water loss it has undergone.


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