How to make your tan last longer
Summer is here and we can all finally get outdoors and enjoy the wonderful revitalising and healing rays of the sun. Lets face it, the healthy glow of a summer tan will always make you feel better. So how can you make your tan last longer? With a little know-how I can help you prepare your skin and give you a few tips on aftercare that will help you stay a bronzed beauty.
Prep Your Skin Pre-Holiday
The key to a long-lasting tan is prepping your skin before you hit the beach. The first thing you need to do is give skin a good scrub – this will help remove dead skin cells and will make your skin look healthier. Once you have a tan, regular exfoliation is also essential. Choose a very light grain to exfoliate every two to three days to make sure your tan fades evenly.
CLINIQUE Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream £22.00
Polishes rough, dry areas such as heels, elbows, knees. Smoothes and refreshes skin; skin feels cool. Preps skin for moisturizing or self-tanning. Rinses easily.
WELEDA Birch Body Scrub £9.95
Perk up tired skin with tiny, non-polluting, natural wax beads and step from the shower shiny clean! Suitable for Vegetarians.
REN Guérande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm £23.00
A gently exfoliating body balm which removes dead cells and will leave your skin moisturised, renewed and glowing.
Boost Your Melanin
Boosting your melanin levels (the pigment in your skin) is a sure-fire way to get and maintain a deep tan. Tan maximisers will stimulate the melanin in your skin to help those golden limbs.
LANCASTER Tan Maximiser After Sun £29.00
Lancaster's Tan Maximizer technology helps intensify melanin production, even without sun exposure, to prolong the tan. Skin is soft, supple and better prepared for subsequent sun exposure.
GUERLAIN Terracotta Sun Serum £43.50
Terracotta Sun Serum is ideal for all women who want to activate, intensify and prolong their tan in summer or all year round.
GATINEAU Tan Accelerating Lotion £23.00
Tan Accelerating Lotion is a triple action formula to help prepare, boost and prolong tanning before and after sun exposure whilst encouraging the skin's natural self-protection through advanced-performance melanin production activators.
Use High Factors
Firstly it’s important to remember, the higher the SPF you use, the deeper your end tan will be. By opting for an SPF 30 or 50 sunscreen, not only will it take you longer to tan, but your natural tan will last longer. Read our BEST SUN CREAMS FOR SUMMER
Hot baths can dehydrate your skin, leading to faster peeling. Stick to cool showers and use a moisturising shower wash to really lock-down your colour.
There's no better way to hang on to sexy summer skin than by slathering on the lotion. Post-holiday you should upgrade to a body butter and lotion-up every day. Read our BEST BUY BODY LOTION
The secret to extending your tan if you want it to stay deep in colour or last in to autumn is to create a simple ritual that's easy to maintain. A gradual tan is what's needed here: something you can slap on as readily as a body lotion, straight after your morning shower, and get dressed without waiting for it to dry. The subtle colour will enhance your tan without looking overdone and you can reapply every two days without streaks.
Garnier Summer Body Lotion Light Sun-Kissed £2.74
Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion, applied daily, builds a radiant, glowing gradual tan. The formula is enriched with a hint of self-tan and specially selected camomile and apricot extract to leave skin soft and supple. A light lotion which is easy to apply and absorbed without greasiness to intensely moisturise skin for 12 hours.
CLARINS After Sun Moisturiser Self Tanning £21.00
Guard your skin against signs of premature wrinkles and aging with after sun care - the second key step in sun protection. This hydrating cream is uniquely formulated with moisture-replenishing Watermelon Extract and self tanning properties to keep skin soft and smooth while maintaining and deepening your tan.
SISLEY Super Soin Après-Soleil After-Sun Care Tan Extender £102.00
After-Sun Care Tan Extender is a skin care product for the body that has been specifically formulated to soothe, rehydrate, and instantly refresh the skin after exposure to sun. Its formula, rich in soothing active ingredients (Andiroba oil, Alpha-bisabolol), soothes skin and reduces sensations of hot skin. The hydrating and healing properties of Shea butter, Stevia leaf extracts and Plant Glycerin comfort, nourish, and soften the skin. The combination of low-dosage self tanning active ingredients (DHA and Erythrulose) naturally improves your tan. Its non-greasy, fluid cream texture is rapidly absorbed.