How to maintain your tan
For countless hours you have rolled in the sun from one side to the other to get an ‘all around’ tan, but it starts to disappear quickly, just as summer or holidays comes to an end. Unfortunately, we cannot extend the sunny season, but with the following tricks it is possible to keep your sunkissed skin tinge on for longer.
Slathering up with lotion is an awesome way to maintain your tan. During the tanning phase, applying sunscreen with moisturiser offers solar protection, and prevents the skin from drying up and cracking. Even after the holiday, you should continue with this routine to maintain that sexy glow.
Products with ingredients such as jojoba, avocado, almond oil, aloe vera, vitamins A and E, not only help to preserve your summer complexion, but also provide solar protection.
Extra moisturising tip: Instead of taking a hot bath, take a lukewarm shower while using mild shower oil.
The Right Diet
You can also take care of your tone by adapting a diet that will help lock in your skin colour. Drinking lots of water for a start helps in cell rejuvenation and keeps the epidermis supple, thereby giving you a great complexion. In addition, the consumption of carotenoid-rich foods such as tomatoes, spinach, oranges, apricots and carrots preserves the complexion by stimulating melanin production and pigmentation of the skin. Also choose a balanced diet that is low in sugar, but has plenty of healthy fibre and enough protein for all round skin care.
Exfoliating for a longer lasting tinge
It seems counterintuitive, but exfoliating will help extend the tawny complexion as well as ensure that you have a flawless smooth finish. A gentle body scrub once a week actually peels off dead skin. This prepares it for the tanning process and prevents it from fading by getting rid of parched areas. Avoid oil based scrubs as they may prevent it from sticking, and the result will be a smooth, spotless tone and radiant healthy skin.
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Protecting the skin
You should avoid swimming pools right after sunbathing because chlorine dries up the skin. Anything that irritates it can also cause the complexion to fade. This includes skin care beauty products that contain alcohol, deodorants and perfumes. Therefore, use only mild products for skin cleansing and use perfume sparingly. Even long showering can cause irritation.
Beautiful summer sunkissed skin not only makes your skin look fresh, but healthy, and can also radiate your eyes. To keep your facial radiance a bit longer, there are plenty of great bronzing powders to help you highlight or intensify your complexion.
To achieve a natural result, choose a powder that matches your skin colour. Many brands today offer a variety of shades from light to dark, as well as a shimmer or matte finish to conjure up a beautiful summer holiday tone.