Maybe you have a hard time tanning naturally outside, or in a sunbed. Or maybe you just don’t like the skin cancer risks. And maybe you don’t like the cost and hassle of scheduling spray-tan appointments.
That’s where self-tanners like Bondi Sands come in! Bondi Sands’ self-tanners (we love their self-tanning foams!) are fantastic for virtually all skin tones and will produce high-quality at-home results for a fairly low cost. Sweet!
But How Long Does Bondi Sands Last?
The answer is that a tan produced by Bondi Sands self-tanners typically lasts for about 5-7 days. But proper care will keep the sunkissed look for as long as possible.
In terms of product expiration, an open bottle of Bondi Sands will last for about 1 year before it expires.
We’ll go over how to keep your Bondi Sands tan going for as long as possible below, and we’ll discuss when it’s time to toss your old bottle of Bondi Sands.
How Long Does Bondi Sands Last?
As with anything related to tanning and self-tanning, the duration that Bondi Sands lasts depends on the individual that it’s being applied to, and the pre and post-application care.
That being said, the average amount of time that you can expect this high-end self-tanner to last is about a week, ranging from five to seven days for most individuals.
We’re going to discuss some of the factors that you’ll need to consider when it comes to how long you can expect your Bondi Sands tan to last so that you can easily make the most of it.
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Factors Involved in How Long Bondi Sands Lasts
How Long You Wait to Shower After Applying It
If you read the instructions on the Bondi Sands bottle, you’ll notice that it recommends waiting from between 3-6 hours to shower after application. This depends on which self-tanner you choose.
For example, the Bondi Sands Liquid Gold has a 3-hour duration, while the Ultra Dark has a 6 hour duration.
Unfortunately, depending on your schedule and timing, showering at the appropriate time can be hard.
Thankfully, it isn’t the end of the world if you shower a bit early, or a bit late. Even waiting a few hours will lock in the tan.
We’ve tried to determine what’s the limit of how close you can cut it after applying Bondi Sands, and it seems like three hours is the minimum amount of time you should wait after application.
For some people, this will still result in a tan that lasts a week, while it will cut the duration down to four or five days for others.
Exfoliating Your Skin Before Use
One of the major factors that determines how fast Bondi Sands wears off is how fast the dead skin cells shed from your skin.
When you get a spray tan or use a fake-tan, you are applying the chemical DHA to your skin. This chemical reacts with the dead skin cells attached to the outermost layer of your skin, and turns them brown/tan color.
Gradually, these will fall off, and your tan will go away.
We all have different rates of exfoliation, and this is the main reason why you can’t get a definitive answer on exactly how long you can expect Bondi Sands to keep your skin glowing a brilliant gold.
However, if you want to ensure that the solution lasts in your skin for as long as possible, then you can make sure that you exfoliate your skin before you apply the Bondi Sands self-tanner. Ideally, exfoliate the night before.
This will remove any loose dead skin cells, and will ensure that the remaining skin cells are fairly firmly attached. When you apply the DHA to your skin, they will turn tan, and will remain on your body for the longest time possible.
This is the most important factor in determining how long the Bondi Sands tanner will stay on your skin.
How Does Bondi Sands Look as it Wears Away?
With some self-tanners, as time goes on, the tan will wear away in ugly patches, or it will crack and show in awkward ways. This is particularly true in certain areas of the body like the hands, feet, knees, and elbows.
The team behind the Bondi Sands lotion tried their best to ensure that this formula wears away as gradually as possible. The goal is to let the tan fade naturally as it reaches the end of its lifespan.
You can expect Bondi Sands to start to wear off of your legs and stomach first, or any other areas that are prone to chafing or coming into contact with your clothes.
However, as Bondi Sands starts to fade, you won’t typically notice any obvious patches or rough edges where it’s clear that your tan is losing its coverage. It will merely be a natural-looking transition between skin tones.
How Often Should I Reapply Bondi Sands?
According to the manufacturer, it’s safe to reapply Bondi Sands within a week of using it the first time, which means that you can start putting it back on as soon as your tan fades away.
The maximum amount of time you can expect Bondi Sands to remain on your skin, if all goes well, is two weeks.
When you’re ready to reapply the self-tanner, be sure to exfoliate the night before!
When Does Bondi Sands Expire?
Bondi sands, like most sealed self-tanners with pump dispensers, will last for about a year after it is opened before it expires. Depending on how it was stored, it may still be good after a year. But if you use old self-tanner, you run the risk of splotchy skin and a bad, uneven tan.
Do you really want to risk it?
If your bottle hasn’t been opened, but it’s over 18 months old, you shouldn’t use it. Just pick up a new bottle.