It’s almost time to wave goodbye to the warm weather, welcoming chunky knits, autumn leaves, and pumpkin spiced lattes. You’ve spent all summer working on that gorgeous bronzed glow, but the impending shorter days don’t have to mean the end of your hard-worked tan just yet.
With these tips and tricks, you can enjoy that sun-kissed summer glow for a little while longer.
Moisturizing is Key
For a long-lasting glow, you’ll need to moisturize as often as possible. Pigmented cells, which give you that lovely bronzed color, are found in the upper skin layer. So, keeping them alive, thriving, and in excellent condition for as long as possible is vital.
To keep pigmented cells healthy, slather on plenty of high-quality moisturizer. When your skin remains soft and supple, it holds onto the color of your tan for longer.
Any time of the day is great for moisturizing. But, for the best results, apply lotion as soon as you pop out of the shower and dab off any extra water. When your skin is warm and damp, it soaks in the moisturizing agents much better. The Bioelements Absolute Moisture is an excellent choice for combination skin. The lotion features self-adjusting hydrators that balance water-to-oil levels on the face, delivering every area of your complexion the precise amount of hydration it requires.
The moisturizer is packed with moisture-binding humectants, as well as skin-loving ingredients like avocado, almond, and jojoba oils that soak in quickly without leaving an oily feel or shine. Skin is left smooth, soft, and supple, and fine lines are less visible.
Don't Forget to Exfoliate
It may sound strange or counterproductive to remove the skin cells that are gifting you with a beautiful golden color, but believe it or not, exfoliating is one of the best ways to preserve your summer tan.
Use a gentle scrub to remove dead skin cells that make your skin appear dreary, dull, and drab. By exfoliating, your skin won’t look flaky as it peels.
This works especially well if you decide to follow up with a spray tan. And if you’re blessed with a few more days of tanning weather (hey, the sun sometimes comes out in the fall), try giving your body a good scrub before you head out to sunbathe.
For the face, we love PCA Skin’s Daily Exfoliant. Gently smooth away dead skin cells for radiant and younger-looking skin with this exfoliant that’s ideal for daily use. Light, gentle, and suitable for all skin types, the formula combats dirt, debris, and other impurities from the skin.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Water keeps your cells healthy, meaning it extends your tan. Just because summer is over and you’re not continually sweating in the heat, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t drink any less. Your tanned skin cells require plenty of water to thrive, so drink up.
Remember, when you drink water, you’re working your cells from the inside out.
Eat the Right Foods
Did you know that eating the right foods can encourage the production of melatonin in your body? This is the substance that darkens the skin.
Next time you head to the grocery store, stock up on plenty of avocados, salmon, carrots, sweet potato, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, and watermelon. Your skin will love you for it.
Sure, this tip doesn’t involve your skin at all. But it still helps you extend your summer tan in a way.
By wearing white, you give the appearance of a darker complexion. This also applies when you lighten your hair or your teeth. So, grab some whitening toothpaste or head to the salon for some fresh blonde highlights.
Even when your summer tan starts to fade, it won’t be as noticeable.
Top up Your Tan
It doesn’t hurt to have a little help when your tan is fading. Today there’s a vast range of self-tanning lotions, mousses, and sprays from various brands.
Remember, self-tanners work best when your skin is clean and exfoliated. So, apply body lotion after tanning yourself, not before.
For a fail-safe professional look, spray tanning is an excellent option. An advanced spray tanning booth will ensure that your skin looks gorgeously glowing, and you’ll be the only one that knows it isn’t the real deal.
After all, as sad as it is, your natural tan won’t be around forever. Take our steps as recommended above, and when it eventually fades, have a spray tan to keep up appearances well into the winter.
For more tips on how to keep that glow this season, here's how to prime skin to perfection and prep for flawless makeup.