Prolonged immersion in water or swimming can lessen your tan. By now, you should know that swimming in a pool will make you lose a little tan and lighten your skin a little. The more you swim in a pool, the more your bronzer will fade. So, you can avoid swimming pools, reduce dips in the pool, or find a way to reduce their discoloration.
If you spend a large amount of time in a swimsuit, it can be tempting to use self-tanner to look more attractive. But swimmers often have trouble maintaining fake tan due to chlorine in the water. Self-tanners contain an ingredient called dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which reacts with chlorine to reduce the life of the tan. You should avoid swimming pools as much as possible if you use self-tanner.
But swimming and self-tanners don't mix. Water and chlorine can cause a tan to fade. Elements in water can interfere with freshly tanned skin. If you swim a lot, you'll find that self-tanners don't last as long as a natural tan.
It doesn't matter if your tan has developed or not, there is still a chance that pool water will speed up the bleaching process. For best results and peace of mind, wait a day or two before swimming after your tan has cleared, as this will ensure there will be no problems. In most cases, no, the self-tanner does not wash in the pool, however, you should avoid going to the pool for a few hours after the tan has developed. Therefore, the duration of your sunless tan will depend on how well you take care of your skin and how much time you spend in the pool, sea and shower.
The best way to avoid as much damage as possible to your tan is to rinse with fresh water or in the shower immediately after leaving the pool. In addition to this, you can make sure your skin is hydrated after swimming, but especially if you are lying in the sun. In other words, the self-tanner gradually begins to fade after it has reached maximum development, and pool water can make this happen faster. Swimming immediately after applying the self-tanner is obviously a big no-no, as the color still develops on the surface of the skin.
In some public swimming pools, chlorination levels are higher than in privately owned pools (for example, in your garden) due to health and safety requirements. Therefore, if you want to preserve or maintain your fake tan, it's best to take several short swimming sessions. Chlorine can dry out the skin, and even higher concentrations are known to discolor skin or clothing, but these concentrations are not found in swimming pools. Instead of staying away from swimming pools because of your tan, you can reduce the number of times you play in the pool, apply a moisturizer after each swim session, or apply a self-tanner after each session.
Therefore, you should keep in mind that every time you take a dip in a pool, you will lose a little tan. Keep in mind that even with the steps below, if you swim or do Hot Tubing daily, your tan will fade faster. Although chlorine found in swimming pools can cause a faster “fade”, you can still enjoy a bath and protect your tan.