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Can I add more tanner on top of an existing fake tan?

4 Min Read Friday 14th July 2023

A professional spray tan can take up to a week to fully fade. At this time, your old skin cells will begin to flake away to reveal new ones underneath. These old flaking skin cells will take the tan with them, and you will notice your tan starting to become lighter and potentially slightly patchy.

This is entirely natural and is exactly how spray tan is supposed to work. While it can be sad to see your gorgeous spray tan fading, don’t lose hope! There are some tricks that you can do to try and keep that golden glow for even longer…such as a tanning top-up!

You’ll be able to top up your tan with a fresh new layer once your existing tan shows signs of fading. We’d advise waiting until your colour has completely faded away before stepping back in the booth to ensure even coverage and to give your new tan the best chance to last as long as possible. Once your tan shows signs of fading, the easiest and quickest way to speed this up is to gently exfoliate your skin.

However, that’s not to say you can’t top up an existing tan if you’ve got a special occasion or event coming up. You can even up or add a layer of radiance to your tan.


You can even up a tan that’s started to fade in patches with the Sienna X Q10 Self Tan Mist. This handy aerosol is perfect for on-the-go top-ups. It can be sprayed directly onto areas that have started to lose their glow. This gold–standard tanning mist develops in 8 hours and lends the skin a gorgeous sun-kissed finish. Make sure to focus on the spots where your tan needs a pick-me-up. Be careful not to overdo it on darker areas in order to cleverly balance out your complexion.

Check out our Sienna X Pro Level Skincare Q10 Tinted Self Tan Mist.


Add additional radiance to a fading tan by applying Sienna X Gradual Self Tan Lotion in the morning. This moisturising formula doesn’t need to be washed off like traditional tanners and develops over the course of the day. A single application can extend your colour for a few more days and balance out an uneven fade-off. If you’re looking for a totally undetectable faux gradual glow, our Gradual Clear Self Tan Water Mousse promises zero development stain transfer for keeping up your tan on the down low.

Once your special event is over, allow your tan to fade away in full and exfoliate your skin a day before your next spray tan. This creates the perfect base for a new application of tanner.

Check out our Sienna X Pro Level Skincare Gradual Untinted Self Tan Lotion.


Consider adding a layer of the Sienna X Gradual Rose Water Self Tan Mist; this bronzing mist helps replenish and hydrate skin, with results lasting up to 3 days. You will also have a routine favourite product that pairs well with The Skincare Collection for its nourishing ingredients. Our self tan mist is also perfect for taking on the go, so you can top up the tan no matter where you are.

Check out our Sienna X Gradual Rose Water Self Tan Mist.


If you want a market-leading tanning mist that will transform your look, this product will have you standing out from the crowd for all the right reasons. The Sienna X Skin Finish Illuminating Mist helps restore skin moisture and contains light-reflecting pigments, creating a dewy, luminous sheen finish for a 3D skin finish. This mist is application friendly for all skin types, suitable for use on the face as well as the body. Like our Rose Water Self Tan Mist, this is another great product to take on the move whenever you feel your tan needs some added glow.

Check out our Sienna X Professional Skin Finish Illuminating Mist.

By choosing one or more of these tanning additions from the Sienna X range, you can extend and prolong your pre-existing tan for longer.

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