When to Wash Off Your Tan

One of the most common questions we get asked is “When should I wash off my tan?” There are a lot of factors to consider when answering this question such as your natural skin complexion and colouring, how dark you want to go and what self tanner you are using in the first place. If you are just starting out or trialing a new self tanning product, it’s always good to remember that you can always go darker, but it’s virtually impossible to reverse things if you go too dark. After all, you can always apply a double coat!

Don’t let that put you off though. We’ve put together a few tips on how long you should leave on your favourite St.Tropez tanning products.

1. Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

Made up of our Classic formula, our Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, is a great self tanner for first-time tanners (or if this is your first time using St.Tropez). We recommend you leave this tan on for at least 4 hours before washing it off.

Depending on your colouring 4 hours should give you a natural looking tan and is the minimum time we’d recommend before washing it off. If you’re looking for a deeper darker tan, then opt to leave this one on overnight or for up to eight hours.

It’s also important to note that your tan will still continue to develop for a few hours even after you wash it off. So if you don’t think your tan is dark enough immediately after you wash it off, don’t rush to add another coat. It’s best to wait for a few hours to see how it develops before applying a second coat.

2. Dark Self Tan Bronzing Mousse

As you may have already alluded from its name, the formula of our Dark Self Tan Bronzing Mousse has been designed to help you achieve a darker, more intense tan. Best suited to those with a darker complexion, or for those who are looking for a darker tan than the Self Tan Bronzing Mousse can deliver.
Like our classic formula, we recommend you leave this one on for at least four hours and up to eight hours for even darker results.

3. Express Bronzing Mousse

Made of our most advanced formula yet, our Express Bronzing Mousse contains fast-acting ingredients so you can achieve a golden glow in as little as one hour.
Intelligent Shade Technology puts you in control of your depth of colour, by choosing when you wash it off.

If you’re looking for a lighter, natural tan (or if you’re just in a rush) you can leave the Express Bronzing Mousse on for one hour. For a medium tan, allow two hours before you wash it off. Then for a deeper, dark tan you just need to leave it on for three hours. How easy!

Again, remember that your tan will continue to develop after you have washed it off.