How to Maintain a Sunless Tan

How to Maintain a Sunless Tan

‘Tis the season to be tanned.

How to Maintain a Sunless Tan

Now that the summer season is wrapping up, we might notice that our tans are fading. Although it’s sad to say goodbye to our golden shade, luckily, there are ways to upkeep our hard-earned tans without the help of the sun. Not only is it safer and healthier to choose sunless tans, but it’s a lot quicker and fresh-looking when using a sunless tan routine. Here are several tips to keep your beautiful bronzed-tan maintained all year round.


The longevity of your sunless tan heavily relies on the proper skincare routine. This means exfoliating before applying/refreshing your tan. Exfoliating is critical because it creates a smooth surface for your tanner to apply evenly. When applying tanner on skin with extra dead skin cells, the tanner will look patchy and won’t last as long. Never forget to keep the skin hydrated with a water-based moisturizer. Oil-based products under tanners will break up the tanning pigment leaving the skin blotchy.

Sunless tanners

There is a variety of sunless tanners out there in the market. From tanning sprays to mousses, there are countless tanning products with many price points depending on how much you’re willing to invest. It also depends on your personal preference on how much time and work you’re willing to put into your tanning routine. A tanning lotion or oil works best for dry skin. If you’re someone with little time in the morning, a mousse works best because it’s easy to apply and dries fairly quick. Sprays, on the other hand, look amazing because you can build up the intensity to your desire.


The last thing you want is a tan body with a pale face. Applying face and body bronzer works great to maintain a sunless tan because you can easily work it into your makeup routine and will look a lot more natural. Because bronzer comes in different formulas, you can use it to your advantage to work into your skincare routine as well. Liquid bronzers are great because you can quickly pump a couple drops into your moisturizer or lotion for an overall glow. Powder bronzers can easily be dusted on the face and body for an all-over golden tan.

Water tips

Try avoiding chlorinated water such as swimming pools and hot tubs because they cause self-tanner to fade a whole lot faster. In addition, when bathing or showering, try to lather than scrub when washing. Remember to pat your skin dry rather than rubbing when finishing a shower or bath.