The longest days of summer have come and gone, and you have a gorgeous tan to show for it. As the days get shorter, don’t let your summer glow fade! Try these simple, at home ideas to extend and maintain a tan into fall and winter.
Keep Your Summer Tan: Skincare to Enhance Your Sun-Kissed Look
Moisturize your skin.
You know those times when your beautifully tanned skin starts to peel and look patchy? Ugh! That’s not a good look for anyone. Keep your skin hydrated and your tan glowing by moisturizing as often as possible. When you step out of the shower, use your favorite store-bought moisture lotion to lock in hydration right after you gently towel dry. Or, try an all-natural moisturizer like shea butter, which will also give your skin a subtle sheen and enhance your glowing look. If your skin is already starting to peel, look for oil-based moisturizers (or use an oil like grapeseed or coconut) to quickly restore the skin’s oily qualities and stop peeling in its tracks.
Exfoliating seems like the opposite of what to do to maintain a tanned layer of skin, but actually, very gentle exfoliation can help your skin regenerate its own oils and stay hydrated. Put away any highly abrasive exfoliating products or tools, as these can be too rough and could actually remove the tanned layer of skin from your body. Instead, turn to mild exfoliants like homemade sugar scrubs or your favorite store-bought body polish. Get rid of dead skin cells and give your skin the fresh surface it needs to regenerate its own hydrating oils and keep glowing for months to come.
Enhance your tan with self-tanning products.
No matter how careful you are or how well you care for your summer tan, it still might fade over time. The good news, though, is that your existing natural, sun-kissed glow makes it a snap to use self-tanning lotion to extend your tan into the fall and winter months. When you notice your tan lines becoming less prominent, it’s time to start supplementing your tan with a self-tanning lotion or spray. Look for self-tanning products that contain moisturizers to keep your skin hydrated, and always exfoliate gently before applying to get smooth, long-lasting results from these products.
Take a break from waxing and read skincare product ingredient lists carefully.
If waxing is your preferred method of hair removal, keep in mind that this method can remove the top layer of your skin entirely—and that includes removing your tanned layer. To extend your tan, skip waxing for a few months and turn to tweezers and razors instead. Products that contain glycolic acid or salicylic acid have a similar effect and can chemically remove your tanned skin cells, so check your skincare products to be sure they’re free of those ingredients.
Maintain Your Tan: Healthy Habits to Extend Your Summer Glow
Drink plenty of water.
Sure, you can moisturize your skin from the outside to keep your tan glowing, but it’s just as important to hydrate it from the inside, too. Of course, the age-old rule of eight glasses per day is a great start, but sipping constantly throughout the day and drinking even more than the standard 64 ounces of water is ideal. Your body will thank you, and your skin will be able to keep its sexy, tanned glow for longer.
Eat fruits and vegetables that contain carotene.
Just like hydration needs to happen both inside and outside, you can also encourage your skin to take on a healthy glow from the inside out! Carotene, an antioxidant found in many fruits and veggies, works within your body to add warmth to your natural skin tone—yes, really! To add more carotene to your diet and boost your tan, try eating carrots, spinach or kale, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes.
Cool down your showers.
Hot shower water may feel good to your muscles (especially after a long day or a tough workout!), but it makes your skin scream! Turning up the water temperature is a surefire way to make your skin rapidly lose moisture and eventually peel, so save your tan and turn that faucet a few notches toward the cool side.
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