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Old 28 June 2009, 06:26 PM
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Comment: i looked through your site but couldnt find the answer to my
question. I have always been told that if you shave (doesnt matter if it
is your legs, arms, etc) after you get done tanning you will loose your
tan because when you shave you lose a fine layer of skin that was just
tanned and the tan hasnt had time to soak in to the rest of your skin.
This is a myth/old wives tale that the bueaty school that my sisters
attends teaches. I say that when you are tanning the suns UV rays go past
just the layer that may or may not come off during shaving there for
shaving will not cause you to loose a tan. She lives by this site so can
you prove which is right and wrong?
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Old 28 June 2009, 07:03 PM
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"Soak in"?

The melanocytes that form a tan are pretty dang deep. Shaving right after would take off the top layer, sure, but so would brisk rubbing. If you're shaving off melanocytes, you're also drawing blood left and right.
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Old 29 June 2009, 10:07 PM
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"Soak in"?

The melanocytes that form a tan are pretty dang deep. Shaving right after would take off the top layer, sure, but so would brisk rubbing. If you're shaving off melanocytes, you're also drawing blood left and right.
I thought they were talking about spray tanning. If that's the case, then don't shave or shower for 24 hours after.
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Old 29 June 2009, 10:21 PM
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I thought they were talking about spray tanning. If that's the case, then don't shave or shower for 24 hours after.
No. I remember hearing this UL a lot in high school. I think it comes around mostly in the spring/early summer just when people are TRYING to get tan. What happens (or at least seemed to in my circles) is that you spend all day outside and get what you think is some significant color. Then, you go inside, shower and shave, then check yourself out in florescent lights and the tan is no where near as dark as it seemed outside in the sunlight. That led to the belief that the shaving is what made it fade so much in that short span of time.

I also remember the UL that told girls to avoid getting goosebumps after shaving, or else it would make your hair grow faster. Again, it's all just a matter of perception.
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Old 30 June 2009, 08:10 AM
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I think the original purpose for this notion was to avoid doing any real damage to the skin which could still be very sensitive from the sun. A lot of times a sunburn doesn't actually show up for an hour or two after the damage has actually been done, so shaving after "tanning" could cause further damage to skin that isn't really showing the real results of the "tanning". Obviously, if a person has a good base tan already, it's not going to really make much of a difference since the melanin darkening effect has already established itself deep enough in the skin cells so that the "layer" that gets removed during shaving shouldn't make an impact on the overall tan.
I know I've read that many skin specialists recommend shaving before using a self-tanning product, but also before going into the sun because the tanning lotion will absorb into the skin more easily which encourages the tanner to use MORE lotion.
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