During these cold winter months, it’s likely that your holiday tan has slowly started to fade and you’re grasping at straws trying to think of ways that you can prolong it until the time comes to jet off once more. By following these tips, you can be sure to keep your golden glow even at the rainiest time of the year.
You might think that scrubbing your skin will do nothing but fade your tan and while that’s true to some extent, it’s still important to get rid of those dead skin cells. Failing to exfoliate can make your skin look dull but instead of rubbing harshly, use a dry body brush or an exfoliating shower sponge gently on your skin. Avoid exfoliating products that contain glycolic and salicylic acid, as well as hair removal products, as these will remove the top layer of your skin and therefore do nothing to maintain your tan. You should aim to exfoliate a few times a week to replenish your skin’s cells.
Don’t forget to moisturise
You should make moisturising the top of your priority when it comes to post-tan skincare. Dry skin will cause your skin (and therefore your tan) to peel so at this stage no amount of moisturiser is too much, especially post-bath or shower. Try to use a product that contains natural ingredients such as vitamin E, beta-carotene, and lycopene that have been known to prolong your melanin production and thus sustain your tan. The majority of these products have a scent that will take you right back to the beach, too.
Staying hydrated is important at any stage but especially vital if you want to maintain that subtle holiday. Drinking enough water means that your skin can replenish its cells regularly and also prevents your skin from becoming dry and peeling. Following a healthy, vitamin-rich diet will also aid your tan, especially if you opt for foods that contain beta-carotene such as carrots, mango, and sweet potato.
Avoid hot showers
While it might be tempting to have plenty of hot showers in such gloomy months, hot water can actually dehydrate your skin and, as we’ve mentioned before, this is not something that will keep your tan looking its best. Try to stick to cooler showers and baths and invest in a hydrating shower cream or oil rather than gels and foams that tend not to give your skin any additional moisture.
Top it up
It’s much easier to top up your tan when you already have one so why not use this opportunity to invest in some gradual tanning drops. Tanning drops by Tropic Skincare are packed with plant allo-melanin which actually mimics the colour of your skin, saving you the trouble of orange knees and elbows that we so often get with fake tan. All you need to do is mix a few drops with some of your favourite hydrating moisturiser, and you’re all set to apply. Who said this was cheating?