Can You Wear Leggings After a Spray Tan? (or Self Tanning)

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If you have just had a spray tan or even a self-tan and want to change into some leggings you might be thinking will this affect or mess up my spray tan. Then leads to the question can you wear leggings after a spray tan?

No, you should not wear leggings after a spray tan. The reason for this is quite simple – the tan may become smeared or patchy because the leggings will rub against the tan because of the typical tight fit of leggings.

Below we will get into when it is safe to wear leggings after a spray tan in more detail.

Can You Wear Leggings Immediately After a Spray Tan?

As we already briefly covered it’s not a good idea to wear leggings immediately after going for a spray tan. This is partly because the tan has not dried completely or at all. Therefore, it’s a good idea to wear some loose clothes that are less likely to rub your skin and ruin your tan too especially after the first 3 hours after tanning.

How Long Should You Wait?

Once your tan had dried completely and after around 1-3 hours ideally it’s not a good idea to wear leggings. Although there is less chance of spoiling the spray tan because more of the initial drying and setting of the tan has already happened.

The important thing to note here is that there is an ingredient in most spray tans that is called DHA. DHA takes time to develop with the skin and the development of it can take up to 8 hours usually.

That means there still could be a chance of the tan becoming streaky or patchy even when it seemingly had dried. This is because the DHA is still reacting with the skin.

Therefore, in an ideal situation it’s best to wait until after these 8 hours to make sure the DHA has completely developed then you have no worries of the tan being ruined due to the leggings rubbing against your skin too tightly.

Staining Your Clothes

It’s also worth mentioning if you do decide to wear leggings soon after your spray tan there is a good chance they will get stained from the spray tan. Therefore, it’s best to not wear your best leggings but instead a cheaper pair.

This is why we always suggest that you wear loose clothes after a spray tan. Clothes that are loose are your best bet and even clothes that are something casual, as there is always the chance of the spray tan coming off even when you are wearing loose clothes as well.

Related Questions

What Do You Wear After Self-Tanning?

It is best to wear loose clothes after a self-tanning. Good examples of this are a loose dress, skirts or even a jumpsuit. It’s also a good idea to go for darker clothing because any staining will be less visible than if you went for something white. For more on this check our article – spray tan – what to wear.

Can You Put Pants on After Self-Tanning?

Pants are an okay option after self-tanning as long as you opt for loose ones. Though typically a better choice might be something like a skirt or even a jumpsuit.

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