How Long Does Self Tanner Last?

Jul 1, 2021 | How To: Tutorials

Whether you’ve never self tanned before or do it as part of your weekly routine, we all want our tan to last as long as possible. Luckily for you, with good preparation and careful application, self tanner can last up to 10 days. Keep reading to find the best products for a long-lasting, radiant glow and learn how to maintain your tan.


Choosing the best self tanner

If you’re looking for a self tanner that offers a long-lasting, deep tan, it’s best to opt for a self tanning mousse. They’re deeply moisturizing (perfect for dry skin!) and offer an even-looking, bronzed glow with staying power.  

We recommend our all-time classic, the St.Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse. Our iconic hydrating tanning mousse lasts for up to 10 days and perfectly tailors to your skin tone for a beautiful, natural-looking medium glow. 


How to make self tan last longer

The secret to a long-lasting tan goes beyond how you apply it. Follow these before and after tanning tips to make your self tanner last.


1. Exfoliate and moisturize before applying self tan

How well you prep the skin before applying your self tanner can make or break your tan. It’s important to exfoliate and moisturize to prevent the tan from clinging to any dry patches.  

Our top tip? Use our Tan Enhancing Body Polish and Exfoliator to create a clean canvas for your tan, then apply our Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer to particularly dry areas (knees and elbows) for a patch-free finish. 


2. Avoid bathing in hot water

Although you might love a hot bath, your tan won’t! Hot water can dry out the skin, causing it to slough away and take your golden tan with it. Avoid spending an elongated amount of time soaking (think showers, not baths) to help reduce skin shedding and keep your glow for longer.


3. Moisturize daily

Using a daily moisturizer will keep dryness at bay, helping to prevent shedding (which, as you know, can cause your tan to disappear more quickly).  

You can use our Tan Enhancing Body Moisturizer after tanning as well as before! Not only does it leave skin feeling silky smooth, but it can prolong your tan for up to 3 days longer with even fade.  


4. Exfoliate every 3 days

To make your tan last longer, we recommend using the St.Tropez Body Polish and Exfoliator every 3 days. Exfoliating will prevent your tan from looking patchy, helping it to fade naturally and look healthier for longer.  


5. Always remove tan before reapplying

If you’re an avid glow getter, you’ll know that self tanner is best applied to a blank canvas. To avoid unwanted tan build-up and patchiness, always start your tanning process from scratch. 

Why not try the St.Tropez Tan Remover Mousse as a quick and easy way to remove existing tan? It’s infused with detoxifying Cotton Extract and Probiotics to purify, rebalance and prime the skin, ready for your next St.Tropez tan. 


To achieve a beautiful, long-lasting tan, shop the St.Tropez Classic Mousse


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