Best moisturisers to prolong your post-holiday tan

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Returning home with a bronzed body is something we all hope to achieve over the summer months. If you’re lucky enough to catch a tan on your hols, you most definitely want to maintain it for as long as possible.

We’ve put together a list of the top 7 moisturisers sure to prolong that tan and keep your skin looking healthy.

​Garnier Summer Body Lotion Deep Sun-Kissed

An all-time favourite and hugely popular, this Garnier Summer Body Lotion is an intense moisturiser which leaves you with soft sun-kissed skin. The combination of self –tanning pigment and moisturising apricot extract help to simultaneously prolong and enhance your colour.

£3.89 | Boots | Buy it now

St. Tropez Tan Optimiser Body Moisturiser

This daily hydrator, which leaves your skin velvety smooth, is packed with a nourishing blend of ingredients that help prolong your tan for up to three days. Its rich texture reduces tan break-up, giving you longer-lasting tan that fades more evenly. At just £8 for 200ml bottle, it won’t break the bank either.

£8 | Look Fantastic | Buy it now

Institut Esthederm Tan Prolonging Body Lotion

The Tan Prolonging Body Lotion by Institut Esthederm not only prolongs but improves your already sun-kissed skin by stimulating its natural melanin. We also love that it doubles up as an after-sun. It’s enriched with the brands Cellular Water, which replenishes the skin's vitality to help it recover faster.

£40 | Cult Beauty | Buy it now

Piz Buin Aftersun Tan Intensifying Moisturising Lotion

For those of you who are looking for a cheap and cheerful moisturiser, this Piz Buin Aftersun is perfect. Available at your local Superdrug, this easy to apply and quick drying product is a must-have. It contains Vitamin E which prevents the skin from aging and also Tanimel; a plant based ingredient which adds to the production of the skin’s natural tanning pigments.

£6 | Superdrug | Buy it now

Lancaster Tan Maximizer Aftersun Sublimating Oil for Face and Body

Oils can often take preference over creams when it comes to daily use. This Lancaster tan maximizer is an oil-based product with hydrating and soothing properties which easily soaks into the skin. After prolonged sun exposure, the oil speeds up the recovery process and leaves your skin with a healthy shine.

£17.75 | All beauty | Buy it now

Clarins Self Tanning After Sun Moisturiser

With more of a focus on an anti-aging formula, this Clarins hydrating cream is gentle on the skin. It features replenishing Watermelon Extract which adds a unique quality and is a good choice if you’re looking for a very subtle tanning enhancer.

£21.50 | Clarins | Buy it now

Guinot Grand Soin Apres Soleil After Sun Intense Recovery Lotion

Slightly more expensive but worth the extra cost is the Grand Soin Apres Soleil After Sun. This soothing and light weight cream reinforces natural defences and moisture levels within the skin. In addition the lotion intensifies your tan and can be used on both the face and body.

£29.50 | Feel Unique | Buy it now


The Summer Body lotion from Garnier smells lovely, is simple to apply, prolongs and enhances your colour and is super affordable, so it takes the top spot on our list.