How To Make Your Fake Tan Last Longer

Long live your faux tan. Everything you need to know

Fake tan has transformed the way we get our skin to a perfect shade of bronze without the sun.

If you’re wanting to go from winter white to a post-vacay glow in a few hours, all you have to do is grab your fave self tan and let the transformation begin. No long haul flight required.

The reality is, all good things must come to an end. What once was a bronzed, streak-free self tan can quickly turn into a patchy, uneven mess overtime if not looked after correctly. Learn how to avoid a patchy mishap and enjoy your faux tan for longer with these not-to-be-missed tips for your best DIY fake tan.


Warning: this step is crucial! Preparation for your self tan is just as important as the actual self tan application. For a tan that lasts, you're going to need a clean, clear canvas. We recommend preparing your base at least 24 hours prior to tanning. This will ensure your pores are closed and ready for tan application. Applying tan directly onto freshly showered or shaved skin can cause the fake tan to sit in open pores and block the tan from penetrating evenly. So, get out your shaver babe, and remove hair from all areas where tan will be applied. While showering, use an exfoliator to remove any dead skin cells. It's like spring cleaning babe, but for your skin. Tip: Dead skin cells love to hide in your elbows, knees and ankles, so get scrubbing and start a fresh. You'll be glowing in no time babe. 


At BB HQ, we’re the bronzed skin experts. After lots of trial and error (testing on babes only of course) we have concluded that the perfect tanning technique is long sweeping motions rather than circular motions. This technique will ensure the product is spread evenly over your entire body. When fake tan is applied unevenly in areas, your tan will clump and fade prematurely leaving a hot mess. We also recommend applying our Self Tan with our Luxe Tanning Mitt for a perfect tan. Our Mitt will take the fear out of tanning your body, leaving your skin seamlessly bronzed and glowing.

#BBProTip: If you’re the kind of babe that doesn't like to fake tan their face, we’ve got the product for you. Our Face Tan Water is a super hydrating water that allows you to build and customise the tan you want. Find out more on our Face Tan Water here.


Maintenance is imperative for a fake tan that will withstand the odds. The number one rule for a long lasting tan is to keep your skin hydrated at all times. Generally a chemical DHA causes the skin to dry out leading to flaking and patchiness. Luckily our Self Tanning Mousse contains 100% natural DHA to deliver a long lasting tan. Further hydrate your skin by applying our Luxe Moisturising Lotion daily. It’s a lightweight, hydrating and nourishing moisturiser that will deeply penetrate into the skin, leaving your tan stronger than ever. With a tan this natural and long lasting, everyone will be asking what your secret is.

Can’t get enough of fake tan? Read our Tan Commandments here.  

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