How Do I Make My Tan Last and Keep it Looking Fresh?

How To Make Your Fake or Natural Tan Last Longer

I love a fake tan but hate the way they can wear off unevenly showing that it's fake, or fade quickly in the pool, etc. These lotions and makeup products work to enhance, maintain, and hydrate both fake and natural tans. Watch, listen or read the blog below to find out how.

What I love about summer is that golden glowing healthy skin, most of us love to be tanned. I think more and more of us are actually getting away from real tanning now and knowing the damage it can cause even with SPF, and going more towards those fake tans, whether we're going for professional spray tans or we're doing ourselves as there are so many good products out there to fake tan with. I'm really into Tan Luxe Tanning Drops for the Face & Body as they’re non-toxic, organic cruelty-free formulations that let you build your color gradually. I know they say “Go Natural “and only go a couple of shades deeper but I'm a fan of going dark, but that's just me and because I love the way it makes your teeth whiter and if you've got blond hair, it really makes it look lighter and you can contour with it.

I'm really into contouring with it as well you can get quite clever with it. Anyway, I'm not going to talk about how to apply tan today because I think we're all pretty good about knowing to exfoliate and not to shave or remove hair within 24 hours and all the rest of it. But I wanted to go into how to make it last longer.

I’m sure you’ve seen it and know what I’m talking about, when it starts to come off, it can look really nasty. It almost looks like you've got some kind of skin disease where it's all coming off blotchy and it's just not the look I'm going for, so not cute. So there are ways you can actually prevent it. I have a few cruelty-free lotions and makeup products I absolutely love that work to enhance maintain and hydrate both fake and natural tans.

I’d also suggest if you haven't tan before, and I said I wasn't going to go into preparing for it, but if you haven't tanned before, start by going a couple of shades lighter. That's going to give you the most natural sun kissed look. And if you have errors, it's a lot less noticeable than going really dark, especially if you're trying a new product. Do a trial run, maybe even a couple of trial runs, with different products and shades well in advance, not just the night before, because you do not want to mess this up. So anyway, once you've got your tan on and you're looking fabulous, there's a few things I really like to make it last as long as possible and keep it looking fresh.

1. James Read Tanning Accelerator $38 (whoops, I say it incorrectly in the video, I was trying to do it on location from memory):

This pump moisturizer speeds up the natural tanning process, with a small amount of self-tan and by stimulating the skin’s natural melanin production to accelerate and extend any tan whether it's fake or natural. 

The sun, chlorine and salt water can dry out the skin. This is infused with Aloe Vera, Hyaluronic Acid and Monks Pepper to leave skin hydrated and moisturized, as well as making your tan lasts longer and fade away evenly. I slather it all over from head to toe.

Tip: Use daily for up to 7 days prior to sun exposure to maximize the skin's natural tanning ability (you still need to use an SPF) and post holiday as required, to enhance a natural tan. 

2. Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze and Glow Tanning Mask $64.95

I don't want to risk sweating my fake tanner off in the day and streaking it. This sleeping mask makes it easy. Just apply evenly before bed instead of your regular moisturizer and wake up glowing. It won't turn you orange as it adds color gradually while keeping your skin hydrated as both real and fake tans can be drying. I used this every night on our last vacation to Bora Bora so my face color matched my body while keeping my skin super hydrated as the AC, ocean, watersports and sun (even being in the shade) can be really drying.

3. Fake Bake Bronzing Compact $15

This is great to contour or bronze with. Go light handed with it and build color as needed as it's highly pigmented and gives intense color.

Tip: use to contour and along the edges of your forehead and wherever the sun would naturally tan you, finish with a blusher and a highlighter.

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