Wondering how to get a long-lasting tan, one that lasts until September? This Evening Standard article dishes out the secret on how to keep a tan from fading. Clue: the secret comes in bottles.
Me trying to catch a tan and lasting no longer than 13 minutes without A/C pic.twitter.com/YcMAlVUVSf
— Audrey Rose ✌ (@audreyrosexox) July 19, 2017
How to Get a Long-Lasting Tan | Products to Try
A caramel tan is the only cure for post-holiday blues. But as the British summer stutters, our tans are fading fast. It starts with the industrial air con on the plane, which dries out the skin — and a week of cloud cover afterwards is enough to make it look like you never went away. Conditions might not be on our side but, fortunately, there are products you can rely on to keep that glow on.
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From the moment you got your perfect holiday tan, it was doomed to be collateral damage in your body’s constant fight to protect you from infections and germs. You lose about 1 million skin cells every day, and the outside layer of the skin regenerates completely after 27 days. The truth is that city habits are simply not very conducive to the beach-browned skin. Sienna X enumerates exactly how:
- Forgetting to moisturize
- Steam rooms/sauna
- Long and frequent showers
- Swimming pools
Working in an air-conditioned office can do a number on your skin’s moisture. The drier the skin, the easier a tan fades. Post-workout showers can also contribute to how long a tan lasts, not to mention the soaps and products you use. The Evening Standard enumerates the ways to maintain your tan (with a little help from science, of course.)
- Create a base layer of tan through a tan accelerator
- Moisturize through after-sun lotions
- Take phytochemical-based supplements to stimulate melanin production
- Use a tan-friendly shower oil
- Prolong the color by using a tan booster
- Try a body shimmer for a unique, shiny finish
How To Get a Long-Lasting Tan | Why it Matters
Good tan maintenance habits are, at their core, good skin care habits. Maintaining a tan can help foster a certain kind of mindfulness in terms of product choice. If keeping a tan is what it takes for a lot of people to choose a high-quality shower gel instead of a bar with lipid-stripping chemicals, it’s definitely a good thing!
Eating healthier is also a good side effect of keeping a tan. Healthy foods such as soy, almonds, avocados, and bananas are rich in tyrosine, an amino acid integral to our body’s production of melanin. The best part? Tyrosine also works well against mental fatigue!
Hot showers dry your skin out, and as we have discussed, dry skin means a bad tan. Cold showers are the way to a longer tan. In addition, they help with better focus and motivation, improved metabolic rate and post-exercise muscle recovery.
Lastly, one of the best ways to keep your post-holiday tan is to always use sunscreen. This might sound ironic, but exposing an already tan skin to more UV rays leaves it susceptible to damage and excessive peeling, as well as premature aging, wrinkles, and cancer. Always wear a broad-spectrum SPF even during winter.
Keep Your Tan, Maintain Healthy Habits!
Maintaining your holiday tan is all about keeping your skin healthy. It’s a holistic process that relies on healthier habits. After a wonderful summer, make sure you make the best choices when it comes to the skin products that you use and the food you eat. Take care of your skin, and it will definitely show!
How do you keep your skin hydrated and moisturized throughout the day? Watch this video by Leaf below:
How do you maintain your tan? Share your tips in the comments box below.