How to Keep Your Tan

I’m useless at tanning to say the least. I often get burnt no matter how much factor fifty I slap on. When in Italy last week, I managed to catch some colour and there is no way I’m letting it go. So today I thought I’d give you a few tips of how to make your tan last.


This is always the first thing that springs to my head when I start to tan. I try to use moisturisers with aloe vera in them which also helps with sunburn by soothing the skin. A gel can also be handy to turn burn to tan so for this I use aloe vera gel which works like magic for my skin. If I know I’m not gonna be in the sun anytime soon then I’ll use the Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion to keep my tan topped up for a while.

Cool down.

After you’ve caught the sun, it’s when your skin starts to cool down that it will start to show your tan more so I generally avoid hot showers after a tanning session. Showers also decelerate the process of melanin absorbing UV radiation which causes the skin to gradually darken over time. So basically showering is a bad idea just after you’ve been outside.

Stay hydrated.

Drinking plenty of water will keep your skin hydrated, meaning it’s less likely to peel and therefore extending your tan. As soon as your skin starts to dry out and flake off it means your tan will go with it – what a nightmare.

Sun cream.

After tanning it’s v. important that whenever you’re going in the sun after you wear sun cream. If your skin starts to burn then you’re more likely to peel and then your tan will disappear so definitely remember to slap on some more sun cream when you’re out!


  1. Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt
    30/07/2014 / 09:31

    I love Hawaiian Tropic sun lotions, and they also have a wonderful cream for the face with SPF 30 that I've been wearing a lot this summer :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

    • Katy Stephenson
      01/08/2014 / 15:58

      all their products smell amazing as well!

  2. 01/08/2014 / 15:20

    I just got a sample of that Benefit serum in the post, is it any good?

    • Katy Stephenson
      01/08/2014 / 15:58

      absolutely!! it's my new go-to product for summer! x

  3. Sophie Paul
    24/08/2014 / 22:39

    Great tips:)

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