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How to Make Your Tan Last Longer: Maintaining A Perfect Tan

by Chris Bray 07 Jan 2023 1 comment
How to Make Your Tan Last Longer: Maintaining A Perfect Tan - Tan Junkie

How to Make Your Tan Last Longer

With summer right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about maintaining that perfect tan. But let's be honest; tan lines tend to fade fast. So, how can you make your tan last longer? Here are some pro tips to keep your summer glow all season long:

Exfoliate Before Tanning

Exfoliating your skin before applying any self-tanner will help to remove dead skin cells and create a smooth canvas for the product to adhere to. This will result in a longer-lasting, more natural-looking tan. Use a body scrub or loofah in the shower, paying extra attention to areas that tend to be flaky or dry.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends exfoliating before using a self-tanning product to achieve a more even and natural-looking tan (1).

Moisturiser, Moisturiser, Moisturiser

Moisturizing your skin is crucial for maintaining the health and vibrancy of your tan. Dry skin is more prone to flaking and peeling, which can cause your tan to fade faster. Use a moisturizing lotion or oil daily, paying extra attention to dry areas like your elbows, knees, and ankles.

According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, moisturizing the skin after sun exposure can improve the appearance and longevity of a tan (2).

Avoid Hot Water and Long, Steamy Showers

Hot water and steam can strip your skin of its natural oils, causing it to dry out and fade more quickly. Try to take lukewarm showers to help your tan last longer and limit your time in the water. If you need hot water, moisturize immediately afterwards to help seal in hydration.

Dermatologist Dr Jennifer Herrmann warns that hot water can cause the outer layers of skin to swell, making it more susceptible to damage and fading (3).

Protect Your Skin from the Sun

It's important to continue protecting your skin from the sun even after you've achieved your desired tan. Wear sunscreen with a high SPF and seek shade whenever possible to help preserve your tan. If you are spending a lot of time in the sun, consider wearing protective clothing such as a hat or long-sleeved shirt to further shield your skin.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and apply it every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating (4).

Use a Gradual Tanning Product

Gradual tanning products allow you to build a natural-looking tan over time rather than trying to achieve your desired colour all at once. This can help to reduce the risk of streaks or unevenness and make your tan last longer. Simply apply the product daily or every other day, following the instructions on the label, to gradually build up your tan.

Avoid Chlorinated Water

Chlorine is a chemical used to kill bacteria in pools and hot tubs. However, it can also strip your skin of its natural oils and cause your tan to fade faster. To help preserve your tan, avoid swimming in chlorinated water or rinsing off in the shower immediately afterwards. If you swim in a chlorinated pool, rinse off with fresh water as soon as you get out and moisturize your skin to help seal in hydration.

Avoid Excessive Sweating

Sweating can cause your tan to fade faster, as the moisture on your skin can cause the tanning product to rub off or become patchy. To help your tan last longer, try avoiding activities that will cause you to sweat excessively, such as vigorous exercise or spending long periods in a sauna or steam room. If you do sweat, be sure to moisturize your skin afterwards to help lock in hydration.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eating a healthy diet can help to nourish your skin from the inside out, which can, in turn, help to improve the appearance and longevity of your tan. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and other sources of antioxidants in your diet to help support healthy skin. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is also essential for maintaining the health and appearance of your skin.

Following these tips can help your tan last longer and enjoy a beautiful, radiant complexion all summer long. So go ahead and hit the beach or pool, but remember to take care of your skin!


  1. American Academy of Dermatology. (n.d.). Self-Tanning. Retrieved from
  2. Kalia, S., & Kaul, P. (2012). Moisturization for skin rejuvenation. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 11(4), 243-257.
  3. Herrmann, J. (n.d.). Hot Showers: Good or Bad? Retrieved from
  4. American Academy of Dermatology. (n.d.). Sun Protection. Retrieved from


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24 Jan 2023 Sarah

Great advice, I will be sure to buy some body Moisturiser

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