Catching that “fresh from the beach” tan after a long Summer’s day is sometimes unavoidable, even if you have slathered your body in SPF. As Summer comes to an end, we’re all in a slump about the sunshine saying goodbye. But, while your holiday may be a thing of the past, it doesn’t mean your tan needs to. We’ve gathered up our best hints and tips for prolonging the life of your tan as we make our way into the Autumn months. If you haven’t had a chance to catch some rays and have remained the same pasty hue all Summer long, do not fear because we’ve got the perfect no-stress, no-mess tanning routine for a flawless summer glow.
Pre-sun prepping is incredibly important, but post-sun aftercare is equally as vital to achieving a flawless, picture perfect tan. A rich and nourishing after-sun treatment not only soothes the skin but also hydrates it, which is key for when you’re hoping to maintain your glow long after you return home. Just as you would SPF, slather after-sun on your face and body daily to replenish moisture your skin may have lost throughout the day, and to restore the natural protective barrier of your skin. While you’re loading up on the lotions, add a gradual tanning moisturiser to your basket as it is a great and effective option to extend the life of your tan and give your skin a youthful, glow boost as your tan fades.
The first step in a seamless tanning routine is exfoliation to slough off the top layer of dead skin cells and form a smooth base for your tan to stick to. Renowned as the “juice cleanse of the beauty world”, dry brushing is a new, revolutionary exfoliating technique that is incredibly effective and easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Begin at your feet and brush upwards using gentle, small strokes, or work in a circular motion. Take a shower afterwards to rinse away the dead skin cells and follow up with a hydrating moisturiser to replenish your skin. Regular body brushing primes your skin to absorb the ingredients in your skincare products, keeps ingrown hairs and clogged pores at bay and helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. A long list of beneficial properties, plus prepping your skin for a perfect fake tan application? Sign us up!
Once your skin is scrubbed and prepped, it’s time to choose the right formula of fake tan for your skin type. Faking a tan has become a whole lot easier recently thanks to a new crop of mousse, gel and water-based tanning products becoming readily available on our doorsteps, but which is the right formula for you? Suffer with shiny skin throughout the Summer months? Opt for a oil-free mousse that contains lightweight, natural soothers as it has a light consistency and isn’t heavy on the skin. If you suffer from dry skin, even throughout the warmer months, opt for a tan that contains hydrating properties to keep them pesky dry batches at bay.
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