Discover the Best Fake Tan For Your Holiday (And How to Keep It Looking Great)
Discover the Best Fake Tan For Your Holiday (And How to Keep It Looking Great)

Discover the Best Fake Tan For Your Holiday (And How to Keep It Looking Great)

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Planning a getaway is always exciting, and if you’re like us, achieving a flawless sun-kissed glow before you even hit the beach is a must. But there is an art to perfecting it – to prevent any self tan faux pas before it’s time to bare all by the pool. In this article, we will cover pre-holiday tanning tips, the best products to use, and guidance on how to top up and prolong your tan while you’re on holiday. Whether you’re a seasoned tanning pro or a first-time faux glow enthusiast, we’ve got you covered with top tips for achieving that perfect pre-break glow. 

Is it a good idea to fake tan before your holiday? 

Let’s explore the pros and cons of pre-holiday tanning. Fake tanning can be a game-changer, offering you a head start on a sun-kissed look without exposing your skin to harmful UV rays. Plus, you’ll avoid the dreaded ‘first day at the beach’ white-out effect. However, it’s important to consider your personal preferences, the type of holiday you’re going on, your skin tone and your skin’s sensitivity. Trends like body contouring, self-tan facial contouring and faux freckles can also add a fun and trendy twist to your tanning routine. 

Top tips for your pre-holiday tan routine 

Decided to take the plunge? Here are some top tips for achieving a flawless faux glow: 

How long before the holiday should I fake tan? 

The perfect timing for your pre-holiday tan depends on the type of product you’re using and your skin type. Generally, applying your fake tan 2-3 days before your departure will give you the best results. However, if you’re self tanning at home, it’s crucial to read the instructions on the product you choose, as some may require a longer or shorter application time. 

What’s the best fake tan for holidays? 

For a long-lasting glow, consider Clarins Self Tanning Milky-Lotion, £24, which provides a gradual tan while keeping your skin hydrated. To maintain your tan during your holiday, Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster for Body, £30, is a travel-friendly must-have. And if you prefer an even more extended tan lifespan, the Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, £24,offers a beautiful bronze hue that lasts. 

Clarins Self Tanning Milky Lotion


What fake tan lasts the longest on holiday?  

For an enduring tan that stays put during your entire trip, Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, £24, is the way to go. This gel-based formula not only delivers a natural-looking tan but also dries quickly, allowing you to get back to your holiday adventures in no time! 

Best fake tan for holiday swimming 

Worried about your tan fading after a dip in the pool? Opt for a formula that’s specifically designed to withstand water exposure, giving you the confidence to dive right in and enjoy your swim without any tan-related worries. 

Should I top up my fake tan on holiday? 

Topping up your fake tan on holiday can help you maintain a radiant glow – but make sure that you have packed the right accessories and products for a seamless tan refresh. 

Read: The complete guide on how to fake tan your back 

What accessories should I take? 

When packing for your holiday, don’t forget to include a tanning mitt to ensure smooth and streak-free application. Gentle, regular exfoliation is also a must, so your tan fades evenly, and doesn’t go patchy before you top-up on self tan. This makes an exfoliating mitt another suitcase must-have.  

How to use fake tan when you’re on holiday 

Applying fake tan on holiday doesn’t have to be complicated. Before applying the product, gently exfoliate your skin to ensure an even base. Also – remember to moisturise regularly to extend the life of your tan and maintain your glow. 

Fake tan tips on holiday 

During your holiday, keep in mind these essential tips:  

  • Avoid wearing tight clothing after application. 
  • Stay away from oil-based sunscreens. 
  • Always pat yourself dry after swimming to preserve your tan. 

Can you sunbathe with fake tan on? 

Yes, you can sunbathe with fake tan on, but it’s essential to use a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn and maintain your tan’s longevity. 

Does fake tan stop you from tanning on holiday? 

While fake tan provides the appearance of a tan, it does not offer any protection against the sun’s UV rays – so yes, your skin can still be damaged and produce pigment – aka a tan – in an attempt to protect the skin form further skin ageing and cancer-causing damage. Always use sunscreen alongside your fake tan to ensure proper protection. 

Is there SPF in fake tan? 

Typically, fake tan products do not contain SPF. Therefore, it’s crucial to apply a separate sunscreen with adequate sun protection. 

Read: How to fake tan at home, according to the experts 

Can you wear fake tan to the beach? 

Yes, you can wear fake tan to the beach – just remember to reapply your sunscreen regularly and opt for a waterproof formula to avoid any streaking or fading when you sweat or swim.  

Is it OK to put fake tan on sunburn? 

It’s best to avoid applying fake tan to sunburned skin, as it may cause further irritation. Use the Soothing After Sun Balm, £24, instead to speed up healing before attempting to apply any tanning products. 

soothing after sun balm

How to make a fake tan last on holiday 

Sunscreen is your best friend! Protect your fake tan and your skin from harmful UV rays by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen religiously while in the sun.  

Read: Fake tan is the beauty boost for all skin types 

My tan always goes patchy, how can I avoid it? 

To prevent patchiness, exfoliate before applying your fake tan and moisturise regularly to keep your skin hydrated and smooth. Click here to find out how to fix or avoid a bad fake tan faux pas. 

So, as you embark on your holiday adventure, remember that the key to a perfect fake tan lies in preparation, choosing the right products, and proper maintenance. With these tips, tricks and products, you’ll be glowing from head to toe throughout your holiday. Happy (self) tanning! 

Next read: Fake tan that doesn’t smell? Here’s the beautifully-scented self-tan picks we love 


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