Self-Tanning Tips to Prolong Your Tan on Holiday

Self-Tanning Tips to Prolong Your Tan on Holiday

Achieving a flawless self-tan on holiday is best when it starts on day one and lasts throughout your trip, especially when done safely. At He-Shi, we pride ourselves on long-lasting formulas that give you a beautiful tan for 7-10 days.

To ensure your tan looks just as good at the end of your holiday as it did at the beginning, we've created this simple guide. Follow our expert tips to prep and maintain your glow all holiday long, keeping your tan even and radiant from start to finish.

Best Self-Tanning Tips


Aim to Tan Close to Your Departure Date: Plan to apply your self-tan as close to your departure date as possible. This allows you to enjoy the maximum lifespan of your tan while you're away. Make sure to leave at least 6-8 hours before showering after application to allow the tan to develop fully.

Exfoliate and Prime

Exfoliation is essential before applying your self-tan to refresh the skin and remove any old skin cells and leftover tan. Begin with He-Shi Tan Remover and Primer to eliminate residual tan and prepare your skin for a fresh application. This ensures your tan is even and long-lasting. The formula is enriched with enzymes and natural AHAs to effectively and gently exfoliate the skin by breaking down the bonds between tanned skin cells. This promotes cell turnover and removes old self-tan in as little as five minutes. After 5 minutes, shower and rinse away. If you experience stubborn areas, simply reapply, wait 10 minutes and rinse.


How Long After Exfoliating Can I Self-Tan?

We recommend after exfoliating to wait 24 hours if you can before self-tanning to allow your skin to recover to its neutral pH level.

Should I Moisturise Before Self-Tanning?

With hydrating properties, moisturising before self-tanning is not essential. However, if you have patches of dry skin, apply a moisturising lotion to these areas 2-3 hours prior to tanning application.

Self Tanner Tips and Tricks

How To Maintain Your Tan

Have Cool Showers

Opt for cool showers with a gentle water flow. Hot water can strip your tan faster, while cool showers help maintain it for longer.

Avoid Oily Lotions

Oil can strip tan from the skin, so choose an oil-free sunscreen with a 5* UVA rating. This allows you to protect your skin and your tan simultaneously.

Top Up Your Tan

Incorporate He-Shi Day to Day Gradual Tan into your routine every 2-3 days instead of your regular moisturiser. This gradual tanner helps extend the life of your tan, keeping it fresh and vibrant.

Stay Hydrated

Increase your water intake to ensure you're hydrated inside and out. Proper hydration helps maintain your tan and improves overall skin health, giving you a glowing complexion throughout your holiday.

Top Picks: He-Shi Tanning Products for Your Holiday

Express Liquid Tan

The iconic He-Shi Express Liquid Tan features a super hydrating formula that lasts 7 to 10 days. Awarded Cosmopolitan's Best Self Tanning Product, its 'see where it goes' feature ensures a flawless, streak-free application. Ideal for achieving a natural, light to medium holiday glow.


Dark Express Liquid Tan

Made with the same exceptional qualities as our Express Liquid, Dark Express Liquid Tan offers a deeper shade for those seeking a natural, darker tan. Enjoy the long-lasting benefits of our original formula with a rich, deep self-tan.


Gold Tanning Milk

Ideal for self-tanning beginners or those less confident with self-tanners, this Gold Tanning Milk combines the best of liquid and lotion textures. Featuring Hyaluronic Acid for deep hydration, the formula includes a signature colour guide for a flawless, streak-free application that lasts 7-10 days. Perfect for achieving a natural, medium golden glow.


Dark Tanning Milk

With the same luxurious texture and hydrating benefits as our Gold Tanning Milk, The Dark Tanning Milk offers a rich, deeper hue for those seeking a darker bronze tone.


Light Day to Day Gradual Tan

Ideal for maintaining and enhancing your tan, this light daily gradual tan replaces your regular moisturiser. It guarantees a long-lasting, even tan for light to medium shades.


Dark Day to Day Gradual Tan

Offering the same benefits as the Light Gradual Tan, Dark Day to Day Gradual Tan ensures a long-lasting, even tan for medium to dark shades.



How to Make Fake Tan Stick Better

He-Shi Tan Remover & Primer

Prep your skin perfectly with this dual-action product. It removes any old tan and primes your skin for a new application, ensuring an even, long-lasting and streak-free finish.


Additional Tips for a Long-Lasting Self-Tan

Avoid Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs

Chlorine in swimming pools and hot tubs can cause your tan to fade faster. If you do swim, rinse off with fresh water as soon as possible to minimise the effects of chlorine.

Pat Dry, Don’t Rub

After showering or swimming, gently pat your skin dry with a towel instead of rubbing it. Rubbing can exfoliate your skin and cause your tan to fade faster.


Fake Tan for Beginners: Commonly Asked Questions

How Often Should I Reapply Self-Tan on Holiday?

Reapply a gradual tanner every 2-3 days to keep your tan looking fresh and natural. This helps maintain your tan without the need for a full application.

Can I Use Self-Tan Products on Sensitive Skin?

He-Shi products are safe for all skin types, including pregnant women. Our formulas are crafted with over 90% natural ingredients, pH-balanced, and free from parabens and alcohol, ensuring gentle care for sensitive skin

What Should I Do If My Tan Starts to Fade Unevenly?

If your tan starts to fade unevenly, smooth the Tan Remover and Primer over patchy areas to even out the colour. Follow up by applying the Day to Day Gradual Tan to blend and refresh the fading areas. This will help maintain a smooth and natural-looking tan.

By following these simple tips, you can confidently maintain a sun-kissed glow throughout your entire holiday.


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