If you’re wanting to make your tan last longer, it’s important to understand what your skin is doing when it transforms in colour.
According to Dr Cynthia Bailey, a tan is:
“Your skin’s ability to tolerate sun exposure is determined by how much pigment your skin can make and how quickly it makes it.”
In other words, your body is actually protecting you from harmful sun-rays by increasing the amount of pigment – called melanin – in the skin.
This is why it’s so important to look after your skin if you want to keep your golden glow. For our 6 steps to prolong your tan, continue reading!
1. Prepare your skin
This step takes place before you’ve even got your tan.
A week or two before you jet off on holiday, begin exfoliating your skin to remove any dead cells and expose new cells at the beginning of their cell life.
Doing this can not only prolong your tan but make it appear more even.
After you’ve tanned, continue to exfoliate your entire body – don’t worry, your tan is won’y be removed by doing this.
2. Be safe
If you plan on sunbathing, be safe.
When your skin burns, it will of course try to heal itself and by doing that, will peel much quicker.
If you’re skin peels, you’re going to lose your tan a lot faster – so use an SPF!
(Ideally between 30-50).
3. Drink water
If you’re constantly dehydrated, your skin is going to shed sooner rather than later.
To counteract this, make sure your skin cells are hydrated by drinking tonnes of water – especially in the heat where your body will be losing a lot of water.
4. Stay moisturised
Keeping your skin soft is vital in fighting off the fade.
This one goes hand in hand with the last point, so make sure to keep your skin slick and hydrated.
5. Try a supplement
There’s a mass of products on the market promising to maintain your tan – such as the Ambre Solaire After Sun Tan Maintainer – £5.00.
These products often work by artificially stimulating melanin production – so give them a go if you’re interested!