How to Prolong Your Tan: 4 Simple Tricks to Make Self Tanner Last
Self tanner is a great way to showcase a sun-kissed look, in a much healthier way than baking in the sun. Unfortunately, since self tanner fades with time, that gorgeous glow is only temporary, but with a few simple tricks, that bronze can be longer-lasting. We rounded up five effective hacks to extend the lifespan of your tan.
Exfoliate & Moisturize First
Gently sloughing off dead skin—as well as any remnants of a previous self-tan sesh—before applying your chosen bronzer, will help you achieve a longer-lasting glow. In fact, just the act of prepping your body—and face—for self tanner is a surefire way to prolong the life of your fake tan. The second step in your prep? Moisture. Apply a moisturizer the moment you step out of the shower—a good practice even when you aren’t self-tanning. After you’ve reached your desired color, continue moisturizing daily to help it last.
The chemicals in swimming pools and hot tubs can make your tan appear discolored and lightened. If you’re rocking a fake tan you may want to limit time spent in the pool.
Do Your Research
Not all self-tanners are created equal, so, to ensure you have a long-lasting tan, look for products that will give you one. We share three of our favorite self tanning products, here. If you have a few days prior to the tan, gather up a few samples and test them out on various parts of the body to get a feel for the different products’ looks and durability.
Don’t make the mistake of only taking care of the skin before applying self tanner. To lengthen the life of your fake tan, use a lotion that gradually tans the skin as it moisturizes, like Decleor’s Aroma Sun Expert Self Tanning Milk Natural Glow.
Words of Warning: Don’t Skip the Sunscreen
Just because you look like a bronzed goddess doesn’t mean your skin’s protected from the sun. If you want to keep your tan bronze instead of tomato red, be sure to apply broad-spectrum SPF whenever you’re heading outdoors