How To Extend Your Self Tanner All Winter

Keeping your skin hydrated and bronzed during the winter months can be a challenge. The cold temperatures and harsh wind can pull the moisture out of your skin, leaving it itchy and irritated. On top of that, your desire to stay snuggled up on the couch sipping hot cocoa and binging on the latest Netflix craze creates a serious tan deficit. Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean it’s time to give up your healthy glow! Follow our easy steps to extending your self-tanner and when spring finally hits, you won’t look like Frosty the Snowman coming out of hibernation.

Wax and Exfoliate

Self-tanner needs to be applied to clean, smooth skin, so before you start lathering on your summer color, wax or shave. Waiting until after you apply your tanner to wax or shave will make you lose your bronze faster. Once you’ve shaved, exfoliate to remove any dead skin cells, allowing the sunless tanner to absorb directly into your skin. The Tan Can Exfoliating Body Scrub will prep your skin for a long-lasting sunless tan.

Avoid the Showering

Once you’ve applied your self-tanner, whether you opt for a lotion formula or aerosol spray, you’ll want to avoid the gym or your next showers for seven to eight hours. If you shower or sweat too soon, the self-tanner will fade much faster. While you’re at it, steer clear of the sauna or indoor swimming pool for three to five days after application. Since you’re getting your bronze on in the winter months, you don’t have to worry about skipping beach day – you’ll be golden when it’s time to hit the sand.

Hydrate and Moisturize

Prolong your self-tanner by keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized. Your skin longs for moisture, especially during the winter months, so use a moisturizing body wash (like this one that keeps your tan going strong for seven to 10 days!). Lotion and body oils are great ways to sustain healthy skin as well but don’t forget to keep your water bottle nearby. H2O works wonders for your skin!

Be Gentle With Your Skin

Ok, you still have to live life even with a gorgeous tan, we get it. Just be gentle about it! Avoid harsh chemicals and products that could easily steal your tan, like facial masks, maximum strength acne products, facial toners, strong makeup removers, waxing strips or products with alcohol.


Get a feel for how long your self-tanner lasts when you’re just doing normal things and build a reapplication process based on when your bronze starts to fade. Some parts of your body may fade faster than others, so it’s ok to spot treat if needed, just be cautious about your application so you avoid looking like a spotted leopard. Lightly exfoliate any splotchy or dark spots and apply one, thin coat of self-tanner.

While these steps will help you keep your sunless tan longer, the first (and most important) step is to choose a quality self-tanner. What you put on your skin can affect your health, so choosing a product that’s packed with vitamins and free of all chemicals and parabens gives you a worry-free, healthy glow.