How do you make your tan last longer?

what to do for your tan last longer

Medically reviewed and approved by Nataniel Josue M.D.

How do you make your tan last longer? When we get a tan, we feel a more beautiful and aesthetic bodyBut this nice skin color does not last long, and we become obsessed with maintaining it, many times we expose ourselves to the Sun without taking care of our skin.

To maintain a tanned body, you must use a self-tanner and vitamins C and E. It would also be best if you sunbathed using high sun protection and avoiding the most dangerous hours. Like the one by Dr. Brian L. Diffey, some studies indicate that it is between 10 am and 5 pm.

 Below we will explain the hours to expose yourself to the Sun, how long your tan lasts, and tell you the recommendations to keep your tan longer.

To maintain a brown skin, you should sunbathe using high sun protection and avoiding the hours from noon to 5 in the afternoon. This way, you will prevent skin redness that is not the tan you want and avoid dangerous burns. 

 Also, protective creams will protect you from spots and premature aging.

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What is the best time to sunbathe?

How do you make your tan last longer?

According to dermatologists, it is advisable to avoid the hours when the Sun falls perpendicularly.  The ideal hour for our skin to sunbathe is before 10 am or after 4 pm, not during the midday hours.

 Even if the day is cloudy, the Sun affects it equally because the ultraviolet radiation passes through the clouds.

90% of the UVA rays reach us and can cause burns. The recommended time to expose yourself to the Sun is between 10 and 20 minutes when you are in summer and 1/2 hour in winter.

We must always go protected and being in places where there is a shadow.

 How long does the tan last?

 A tan lasts between 2 and 4 weeks from the last day you were taking a sunbathe. Also, take into account that in the epidermis, every 28 days, the epidermis eliminates dead cells, and the skin regenerates completely, which makes the tan wholly lost. 

How do you make your tan last longer?

Recommendations to keep your tan longer

Consume vitamins C and E

You have to consume vitamins C and E because they are involved in the tanning process.

If you want to protect yourself from UVA rays and avoid the damage your skin suffers from prolonged exposure to the Sun, you should include these vitamins in your diet from now on.

Exfoliate your skin

With the exfoliation, you will enhance and get a more even tone. That happens because you remove the excess cells that are dead, and a soft, natural tan comes out.

 It is advisable to use a soft peeling to avoid damaging the skin because it has suffered from sun exposure.


Moisturizing all year round is primordial. If the skin is dehydrated, the tan will not be uniform. It has to be hydrated both on the outside and on the inside. 

 With hydration, you will allow your tan to last much longer. Do it in the mornings as well as in the evenings, and even when you're showering.

Shower or bathe with cold water 

Bathe with cold water because it favors your circulation, and you will get your skin much more hydrated, and your tan will last longer.

Use self-tanner

The self-tanner will be the most ideal if you want to get a tan. We recommend you to apply it about 2 or 3 times a week to prolong the tan.

 They are products that allow you to have a tan without damaging your skin and without the need to expose yourself to the Sun. The good thing is that people with sensitive skin use it, who cannot disclose themselves to the Sun's rays for long periods.

Use sunscreen

The sun protection creams are the allies. They help you keep your skin healthier and make your tan more uniform and long-lasting, as they prevent spots and encourage the surface to be uniform.

 The amount of protection the cream provides will depend on your skin type, and you should apply it continuously to avoid burning your skin.

Apply photoprotection

Apply a photoprotector 30 minutes before exposure to the Sun and renew it every 2 hours. It is an essential product to protect your skin from the Sun.

Drink 2 liters of water a day

Drink more than 2 liters of water a day, because it is essential to keep your skin hydrated both inside and out.

You should do this every day, even if you are not going to expose yourself to the Sun. Also, include watermelon in your diet, each slice of this fruit is equivalent to 8 glasses of water. 

After Sun

After Sun is a must-have product after sun exposure, it soothes the skin and rehydrates it.

This cream should be used after the fight every time you sunbathe. However, sun exposure has a positive effect because it produces vitamin D.

You should also know that prolonged exposure is harmful because it can cause aging of the skin, damage, burns, and spots, so you should avoid exposing your skin between 12 and 4 pm.

Take food supplements and get a good night's sleep

Take dietary supplements, because they prepare your skin for sunbathing and also accelerate pigmentation while protecting it.

It is crucial to get a good night's sleep and take care of the hours you need, even if you don't believe it is related to your tan.

Eat foods with melanin

Include in your diet foods that stimulate melanin, such as tomatoes, carrots, melons, peaches.

Besides, one of the most important is nuts. It would be best if you consumed a small daily ration to maintain a good tan. Try not to exceed the recommended amount because they contain a lot of calories.


getting brown skin

How do you make your tan last longer? With all these tips we have given you, you will have a longer-lasting tan. 

 Do not forget to use sunscreen to go and protect yourself from radiation that is harmful to the skin, take care of it.

[author] [author_image timthumb='on'][/author_image] [author_info]The article was reviewed and approved by Nataniel Josué Alvarez. Medical Doctor graduated from Medical School Universidad Nacional Experimental Francisco de Miranda. Área Ciencias de la Salud. •Awarded winner IV Science Fair of Research Methodology - April 2012 •Recipient of Asesor Estudiantil Institucional Scholarship •Thesis: Relationship Between Parasitosis, Anemia and Hygiene Habits in patients aged 20 yo 70 years old in Amuay, municipality of Los Taques, Falcón State, Venezuela •Thesis: Intervention Plan in Rural Healthcare in Monte Verde and La Puntica sectors, of the Amuay Community, Los Taques parish, Los Taques municipality, of the Falcón State, Venezuela. During the period March 2018 - July 2018[/author_info] [/author]