There’s no feeling like coming back to work from holiday with a killer tan that makes everyone jealous. A golden bronze tan makes your skin glow, hides minor imperfections, and even makes limbs seem longer and your skin seem smoother. If you’ve come back from holiday looking like you’ve spent a week in the glamourous South of France, it can be a little disheartening when that gorgeous glow starts to fade. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your tan (and that holiday feeling) around for longer.
Stay hydrated: Keeping your skin hydrated and using a good moisturizer will prevent peeling and keep your tan locked for longer. An after sun moisturizer like Lierac Sunific After Sun Iridescent Satin Milk will not only hydrate your skin, it contains a pigmentation-stimulating peptide to help extend your tan for as long as possible. It also contains tiny iridescent particles for a gorgeous, shimmering glow.
Use the right body wash: When it comes to prolonging your tan, even your showers matter. Avoid using very hot water and put away the drying shower gel, both of which can strip your of your tan. Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream contains camellia oil, macadamia oil and jojoba oil to deeply nourish and repair your skin, and ensure your tan stays put.
Exfoliate wisely: Exfoliating is necessary to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy, but it’s important to choose an exfoliator that won’t immediately slough away your tan. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pads use alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate your skin. They also contain vitamin D, soy proteins and Microencapsulated DHA to deliver color deep into your skin and significantly top up your existing tan.
Repair and soothe: Healthy skin holds on to a tan for longer, so repair any sunburned or damaged skin with an intense, antioxidant serum. Anne Semonin Phytarosa Serum is rich in beta carotene and macadamia nut oil, both of which will condition sun exposed skin and enhance the skin’s natural color, while also softening fine lines and wrinkles.
Fake it: As soon as your tan starts to noticeably fade, top it up with a natural-looking self-tanner. Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner and Bronzer is a moisturizing self-tanner that hydrates your skin and gradually builds a gorgeous, natural-looking tan. You’ll be able to keep your tan without setting foot in the sun.