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Article: How Long Does a Fake Tan Last?

How Long Does a Fake Tan Last?

How Long Does a Fake Tan Last?

Want to make the most out of your sun-kissed glow, and have it last as long as possible? We’re right here with you.

When it comes to how long a self tan lasts, you want to know that you are applying a product that will go the extra mile- especially if you are going through the effort of exfoliating, applying, and developing. You also want to know when it will start to fade, so that you can time your next tan and any removal appropriately. 

This is where quality counts when it comes to fake tan. By choosing a product that uses only the most natural, high quality ingredients and offers a deep, long lasting colour, such as Three Warriors, you can ensure you will be on your A-game for as long as that holiday lasts.

Which brings us back to the question - how long does fake tan last? Well, essentially it’s down to - the fake tan of choice (gradual, mousse, spray tan), the application process and if you choose to use a tan extender.

Let’s talk through each element, so you know how long you can make that glow go.


The Types of Self Tan:

  • Gradual Tan: a moisturizer that you can apply daily to slowly build a deep tan, a gradual tan allows you to be as generous as you want to, and re-apply as often as you might need. A useful guideline would be the more intense you’d like for your colour to be, the more you’d be wanting to apply. As for how long you would like for it to last? It’s entirely up to you.

    As a rule of thumb, build over 2-3 days and you should get 5-7 quality days before you will need to exfoliate.

  • Self-Tan Mousse: a mousse creates the same deep, dark and flawless effect as a spray tan, and is quickly absorbed into the skin for an all over glow. Just like the gradual tan, the mousse gives you the option for a longer lasting effect and it’s up to you how often you apply.

    If you are after a slightly more natural-looking colour just for a single day (think occasion), perhaps only opt for the one application to start with. On the flip side, if you would prefer a deeper shade that gives you that iconic Greek Goddess glow that lasts around a week, shoot for 2-3 applications.

    Bonus: For added longevity, build on your tan with a layer of gradual tan after rinsing to give yourself that extra 1-2 days wear before a new application.

  • Spray Tan: the most luxe part of a spray tan is that the application process is done for you.

    All you have to do is stand, and let the professionals do what they are best at. You can choose the intensity of colour you wish to see from your session, but generally, spray tans are formulated to give you a richer, longer-lasting glow that can last upwards of a week. This makes getting a spray tan the perfect option for a glow that is minimal fuss and effort, perfect for going on holiday.

Extend Your Tan:

So you’re loving your bronzed bod and want to keep it forever? Your wish is our command. Just use the gradual tan a little each day to continue to build onto your colour. Or alternatively, you can use moisturiser daily to keep skin hydrated, nourished and smooth, this will keep skin from drying and scaly. After a week though, it’s natural that it will start to fade, which is when it’s time to refresh and give your bod a good sand scrub with an exfoliator before rebuilding your base again.  


For more on how to make that tan go the extra mile, see more expert tips here.

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