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October 10, 2023 4 min read

So, you've got that stunning self-tan, but you're wondering how to make it last longer than a summer fling? We've got your back (and your tan), and we're about to spill all the secrets. Get ready to glow on because we're diving into the world of pro-longevity for your self-tan!

Q:  How long does a self-tan usually last?

A: Ah, the million-dollar question! Typically, a self-tan lasts anywhere from 5 to 7 days. But, you can stretch it even further with the right tricks up your sleeve. Let's get started, shall we?

Pre-shave or Wax

Before applying self tanner, make sure your skin is silky smooth in all the right places. Its an absolutely no-no to wax or shave after application if you want it to last.

Exfoliate to Elevate Your Tan

Before you dive into the world of self-tan preservation, there's a crucial step you shouldn't skip:  exfoliation. Think of it as a clean canvas for your masterpiece! Exfoliating before applying self-tanner helps remove dead skin cells, ensuring a smoother, more even application.

So, grab your favorite  tan remover scrub or  exfoliating mitt and get to work. Focus on areas like elbows, knees, and ankles that tend to get dry and rough. This step is the foundation for a long-lasting sunless tan.




Q: Can I exfoliate after applying self-tanner?

A: Ideally, you should exfoliate before applying self-tanner to ensure an even tan. However, if you notice any uneven patches after your tan has developed, a gentle exfoliation can help blend things out.

Stay Skin-Hydrated 

Hydration isn't just for your insides! To keep your self-tan looking fresh, make sure your skin is well-hydrated. Moisturizing daily is key. Opt for a lightweight, hydrating lotion to maintain that lit-from-within glow.

Pro tip: Avoid oil-based moisturizers, as they can break down your self-tan prematurely. Stick to water-based or oil-free options to keep your tan intact.

Q: Can I use a moisturizer with my self-tan?

A: Absolutely! Just make sure it's not too heavy or oily, as that can interfere with your tan's longevity. Opt for a light, non-greasy formula to keep your glow going strong.

Use the Right Self-Tanner

Not all self-tanners are created equal, and choosing the right one can make a world of difference in how long your tan lasts. Look for a long-lasting self-tanner specifically designed for extended wear. These formulas often have special ingredients that help your tan stick around. Our  GlowBronze Self Tanning Mousse ticks all the checkboxes as it is free from drying alcohol and nasties, the lightweight, cruelty-free 99.7% natural formula combines EcoCert DHA with hyaluronic acid for an even, long-lasting tan. Plus with its guide color rinse technology, it works with any skin tone for an even, streak-free glow with NO orange tones.



Pro tip:  To prevent your tan on the face from fading out faster than your body, try mixing 1- 5  GlowBronze GlowDrops into your moisturizer, to extend your colour. Enriched with hyaluronic acid and alcohol-free, GlowBronze GlowDrops is just right to keep skin healthy, hydrated, and with a natural-looking glow you’ll wake up on that goes on for longer days.



Pro (est) tip only from GlowDry: Finish your tan with a  GlowDry Setting Powder - this ensures your tan is locked in and it ain't moving, meaning no streaks and will last longer. Also when it’s set to your skin it ensures it’s even and will ensure your tan goes the distance.



Q: How do I know which self-tanner is best for long-lasting results?

A: Check product reviews, look for ones labeled as "long-lasting" or "extended wear," and don't hesitate to ask for recommendations from friends or online communities. Everyone's skin is different, so finding your holy grail self-tanner might take a little trial and error.

Maintain Your Glow

Now that your self-tan is in tip-top shape, how do you ensure it stays that way? Here are some additional tips to keep your bronzed look for as long as possible:

  • Avoid Hot Baths and Showers: Hot water can strip away your self-tan, so opt for lukewarm showers instead.
  • Pat, Don't Rub: After showering, pat your skin dry instead of rubbing vigorously. This gentler approach helps preserve your tan.
  • Wear Loose Clothing: Tight clothes can rub away your self-tan, so opt for loose-fitting attire, especially right after application.
  • Skip the Pool: Chlorine in swimming pools can be harsh on your tan, so yeah, it’s a no to chlorinated dips.
  • Touch-Up as Needed: If your tan starts to fade in certain areas, don't hesitate to touch up those spots with a bit of self-tanner.

Q: Can I prolong my self-tan if I swim in the ocean?

A: Saltwater can also affect your self-tan, so it's a good idea to avoid extended dips in the ocean if you want to maintain your tan. If you do take a plunge, be sure to rinse off the saltwater and reapply your self-tanner afterward.

So, there you have it, the ultimate guide to prolonging your self-tan and keeping that sun kissed glow going for longer days! With a little exfoliation, hydration, and the right self tanner like  GlowBronze Self Tanning Mousse and  GlowBronze Sels Tan GlowDrops, you can enjoy your sunless tan for days on end.

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