How to Make Fake Tan Last Longer | Tips & Tricks for a Long-Lasting Glow

By Tara | Updated: 15/04/2024

Those who use fake tan will have often wondered, how can I make my self-tanner last longer?

The first 1 – 2 days after getting a spray tan or applying it at home is usually when it will be at its deepest and most vibrant shade. However, any longer and you will start to notice the tanner becoming patchy and fading as the tan wears on.

Thankfully, there are a few this you can do prior to, on the day and after application or at your tanning appointment that will help you maintain fake tan for longer.

How long does a fake tan last?

Fake tan or a spray tan typically will last anywhere between 3 – 5 days. It can really depend on whether you are doing certain things to make the tan fade quicker, or extend it for longer. If you are the latter, read on to find out some practical ways to increase the longevity of your spray or self tan.

How Can I Make My Self Tanner Last Longer?

Prepare the skin

This is one of the most important steps in helping you keep your fake tan for longer. Having a good base to start with will ensure the tanner can be spread evenly and hold to the skin well.

3 – 4 days before

24 hours before

Immediately Before

Spray face with cold water
Fake tan applied to the face can sometimes lead to breakouts. One way to minimise this is to spray your face with cold water right before getting a spray tan applying at home. This will work to shrink your pores and reduce the chance that they get blocked with tanning product.

On the Day

How to Maintain the Tan


Hopefully, these tips and tricks will help you maintain self-tan or a spray tan. The key here is moisturising. If you do nothing else, make sure you skin stays well hydrated to prevent from flaking or cracking post-application.

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Tara Lusk is the founder and creator of Beauty Space
Tara Lusk is a Sydney-based beauty enthusiast and the founder of Beauty Space. She launched the blog in 2018 to showcase the best beauty and skincare brands emerging from Australia, while also providing insider tips and tricks for hair and skincare. With a focus on tried-and-true products, Tara puts the latest cult products to the test to separate hype from substance.

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