There’s little more depressing than returning from holiday beautifully bronzed, only for your tan to fade in a matter of days. Fortunately, there are some simple tricks and tips you can follow to keep that glow…
Prep Skin Pre-Holiday
“The key to a long-lasting tan is prepping your skin before you hit the beach. The first thing you need to do is give skin a good scrub – this will help remove dead skin cells and will make your skin look healthier.” – Dr Raffaella Gregoris, Founder of BAKEL
Once back, you need to moisturise to keep your colour going. “The number one thing that will maintain your holiday glow is hydration. If your skin stays supple, then your tan will last longer.” – James Harknett, tanning expert & Fake Bake Global Creative Consultant
Once you have a tan, regular exfoliation is essential. “Choose a very light grain to exfoliate every two to three days to make sure your tan fades evenly. Remember that harsh, salt-based exfoliants will be too rough on the skin, so instead try Clinique’s Sparkle Skin.” – Charlotte Connoley, skincare expert
“Avoid having any hot baths when you first return from holiday, as this may cause your skin to fade prematurely. Instead, have warm showers and remember to press your skin dry rather than rubbing it with a towel.” – James Harknett
Use A Gradual Tanner
Keep your glow topped up with some self-tan. New technology means self-tanners are more natural-looking than ever. Clarins’ After Sun Self Tanning, £21, is one of our favourites to use on holiday.
Boost Your Melanin
Boosting your melanin levels (the pigment in your skin) is a sure-fire way to get and maintain a deep tan. Try Institut Esthederm’s Tan Prolonging Body Lotion, £39.50, which stimulates melanin production for golden limbs.
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