Products to Help Prolong/Enhance Your Summer Tan

This summer has been fabulously hot and sunny, giving the opportunity to deepen our tans over time thus reducing the chance of redness and peeling.

Alas summer is coming to an end and will soon be a distant memory, but don’t let your gorgeous tan fade away too – hold on to it as long as you can with the help of the following products.

Prices correct at time of writing.

Products have been independently selected by our Fashion & Beauty Editor Karen Grace. This article contains affiliate links – if you click an affiliate link and buy a product it will not cost you more or affect your customer experience but we may earn a small commission from the sale – thank you.


Lancaster Sun Tan Maximizer After Sun Face Serum

This is a tan-prolonging serum for the face, neck and décolleté that rehydrates sun-exposed skin and claims it preserves your golden summer glow for up to a month! 

Lancaster’s Tan Activator Complex (containing natural-origin Buriti oil) is designed to intensify and promote melanin production. Plus a repairing complex provides soothing properties and helps to reduce the risk of peeling and patchiness. Ingredients include naturally-derived Soy extract and Hyaluronic Acid to help repair photo-ageing damage including the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity.

This serum has a subtle shimmer to give the complexion a radiant and healthy-look.

Contains 94.7% of natural-origin ingredients.

Lancaster Sun Tan Maximizer After Sun Face Serum 30ml – LOOKFANTASTIC. Price £24 for 30ml.

Gradual Self Tanning Products will Enhance a Fading Tan:

Vita Liberata Anti-Age Face Tanning Serum

This hydrating serum gradually builds a sun-kissed glow, enabling you to decide how deep you want to enhance your natural tan. And if you don’t already have a tan, it  allows you to create a customised bronze with a with a fuss-free pipette applicator. Formulated as a colourless solution infused with a refreshing cucumber scent.

Ingredients include Glycerin – a humectant that seeks to maintain moisture levels and Marula Oil- rich in amino acids, protein and antioxidants.

Free from SLS, parabens,sulphate, alcohol, hydrocortisone, BHT and phthalate. Cruelty free.

Vita Liberata Anti-Age Face Tanning Serum 15ml – LOOKFANTASTIC. Price £30 for 15ml.

Biotherm Face Self-Tanning Serum 

The Biotherm Face Self-Tanning Serum is an aqua-gelée formula designed to give a sun-kissed appearance while replenishing the skin with moisture.

Enriched with Hyaluronic acid and Plankton of Life™, Aqua-Gelée  hydrates, soothes and regenerates the skin. Provides a sun-kissed tan (DHA of plant origin).

Biotherm Face Self-Tanning Serum 50ml  – LOOKFANTASTIC. Price £30.05 for 50ml.

Isle of Paradise Hyglo Self Tan Serum

Enriched with hyaluronic acid to hydrate, brighten and plump the skin, plus the gradual tan for a glowy finish. This gradual tanning serum is infused with Isle of Paradise’s signature blend of avocado, coconut and chia seed oils to nourish the complexion. Vegan and cruelty free.

Isle Of Paradise Hyglo Face Self-Tan Serum at BEAUTY BAY. Price £22.95 for 30ml.

Mine Tan Illuminating Glow Drops

This bottle of hydrating facial tan drops is enriched with a blend of coconut oil, macadamia nut oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, grapeseed oil, and avocado oil to  hydrate and rejuvenate skin, plus vitamin C to add brightness, even out skin tone and smooth skin texture and protect skin.

Vegan and cruelty free.

Mine Tan Illuminating Glow Drops at BEAUTY BAY. Price £16 for 30ml.

Tanologist Day Glow

This gradual tanning serum is also a primer to prep and even the skin whilst building a tan. It can be worn as a primer under makeup or alone for a natural, radiant, dewy glow. Enriched with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, juniper, and pink-grapefruit, this serum treats the skin as it tans.

Vegan and cruelty free.

Tanologist Day Glow at BEAUTY BAY. Price £14.95 for 30ml.


Ultrasun After Sun Tan Booster

Designed to enhance and extend the life of your existing tan, whilst providing a subtle bronze hue gradually with added DHA plus. As the active tanning ingredient, DHA regulates the intensity of skin staining that will help boost your own sun tan. The tan booster also works to cool and replenish vital hydration following sun exposure.

Ultrasun After Sun Tan Booster 100ml – LOOKFANTASTIC. Price £18 for 100ml.

Ambre Solaire After Sun Tan Maintainer with Self Tan

Containing a low-level self-tanning agent, it subtly enhances your tan and makes it look deeper. Ingredients glycerine and vitamin E provide nourishment to keep skin feeling soft, smooth and supple.

Ambre Solaire After Sun Tan Maintainer with Self Tan 200ml – LOOKFANTASTIC. Price £10 for 200ml.

Lancaster Golden Tan Maximizer After Sun Lotion

Boasting an 86.6% natural formulation, the after-sun formula is powered by the label’s Tan Activator Complex, containing naturally-derived Buriti oil to intensify melanin production and maintain a golden, sun-kissed tan.

Ideal for use on the face and body, the lotion also harnesses a repairing complex that provides instant soothing properties to sun-exposed skin and reduces the risk of peeling. The moisturiser is delicately perfumed with Lancaster’s signature fragrance that won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin types.

Suitable for use on sensitive skin.

Lancaster Golden Tan Maximizer After Sun Lotion 400ml – LOOKFANTASTIC. Price £35 for 400ml.

Tan-Luxe Super Glow

This gradual body tanning serum is enriched with a blend of hyaluronic acids and superfoods which infuses the skin with deep hydration whilst leaving a subtle, sun kissed glow. Caffeine extracts boost collagen production, leaving skin looking and feeling plump and smooth. 

TAN-LUXE Super Glow Body Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum at BEAUTY BAY. Price £36 for 150ml.

SOSU by Suzanne Jackson’s Glowing Steady Gradual Tan 

This gradual tan has a moisturising formula that works to build a gradual tan while nourishing the skin. The lightweight lotion glides over the skin to build a tan or freshen up a fading tan and is ideal for beginners or those looking for fuss free application.

Available in light-medium and medium-dark.

Vegan and cruelty free. Safe for sensitive skin and fragrance free.

SOSU by Suzanne Jackson Glowing Steady Gradual Tan – Light-Medium at BEAUTY BAY. Price £15 for 85g. 

Mine Tan Cucumber Face & Body Mist

A face and body mist that will refresh your skin while building a natural golden glow. Enriched with the soothing benefits of cucumber, this hydrating tanning mist leaves  skin feeling hydrated and looking luminous and bronzed.

Designed to be used for both face and body, under or over makeup, a transparent gradual tan formula means there is no need to wash off and you can build your tan as you go about your day.

Vegan and cruelty free.

Mine Tan Cucumber Face & Body Tan Mist at BEAUTY BAY. Price £18 for 177ml.

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