Back from vacay? Worried about losing your tan? Here are some clever tricks and tips on how to maintain that summer glow…
The prep starts even before you jet off or hop down to the park – exfoliation is the technique if you want to get your body to its pre-tan prime. It is important to scrub away dead skin cells as your body sheds the top skin layer approximately every two weeks. By reducing the skin’s surface gently but thoroughly, you can reduce the visibility of pores, lines and wrinkles.
For the face – Start by rinsing your face with warm water to open pores – this allows optimum application of a face scrub or mask to get right into the problem areas. Gently rise with lukewarm water and towel dry. Gently rub your skin dry with a clean, dry towel, post shower. This creates light friction, which will remove superficial layers of dead skin.
For the body – Follow the same steps above, switching the face scrub for a shower oil or scrub. Use a mitt or brush and work the product in using circular motions – paying special attention to rough areas like elbows and knees.
Top tip – Brave the cold shower! Hot baths can hydrate your skin, which leads to faster peeling.
Slather on the lotion for the best chance of hanging on to that sexy summer skin. Apply a product that will really soak into the skin and provide long-lasting hydration. Body butters are ideal as they often contain ingredients like shea butter or essential oils, which are easily absorbed. Moisturizer should be applied daily to keep that tan locked in for as long as possible, and if you’re currently in the sun you should be topping up more often, as skin dries out more quickly after prolonged exposure to rays. Who doesn’t want silky smooth legs for days?
Keep up your water intake, especially in the sun when you lose more water through sweating.
When skin dries out it flakes, so it will shed sooner rather than later. To ensure cells stay hydrated, you need to feed them from the inside as well as from the outside. That means keeping up your water intake, especially in the sun when you lose more water through sweating.
Products containing a gradual tanner are also a great way to keep your tan topped up without smelling like biscuits. Simply slather it on as readily as a body lotion straight after your morning shower, and get dressed without waiting for it to dry. The subtle color will enhance your tan without looking overdone and you can reapply every two days without streaks.
Use the face tanners sparingly. The best way to shine is to stick to a normal foundation but focus on the contouring – there are an abundance of kits and palettes to help you sculpt your best bits. Bronzer and highlighters are not just for cheeks! Accentuate your cleavage by dabbling a little product on your chest area and collarbone.
So, no more excuses! Glow through those grey skies and maximize the tan potential. You’re welcome…