Summer is all about a golden complexion! We invest time and effort in getting that summer tan, because it’s undeniable that we feel more attractive with a summer glow. But what can you do to preserve that tan and prevent it from fading away quickly once the summer season is over? Here are a few tips to help you prolong your sun-kissed complexion even after summer’s over.
Prepare your skin for tanning
Tanning fades as skin cells constantly renew themselves. Preparing and exfoliating your skin before spending days in the sun can help your tan last longer. To enjoy an even tan, it’s essential to exfoliate your skin thoroughly. Don’t worry, it won’t affect your golden glow. On the contrary, by getting rid of dead skin cells on the surface of your epidermis, your complexion will finally appear in all its glory! Do a few scrubs in the weeks leading up to your vacation too.
Hydration, hydration, hydration!
Staying hydrated is important for many reasons, especially when it’s hot outside. Drinking plenty of water is a must for anyone who wants a beautiful, glowing tanned skin, because hydration helps slow down the natural exfoliation of skin cells. Indeed, when the skin is dehydrated, it tends to thicken and accumulate dead cells on its surface. This buildup of dead cells can clog pores, preventing an even exposure of the sun’s rays on the skin, leading to uneven tanning, dark spots or a dull complexion. Additionally, dehydrated skin can be more prone to peeling and faster tan loss. Well-hydrated skin, on the other hand, has a greater capacity to retain moisture, maintain a healthy skin barrier and promote regular cell renewal. This contributes to a more even, longer-lasting tan.
Hydraplus gel-balm, from our Action de Gala line, provides deep hydration for your skin, and its astringent and soothing properties quickly relieve burning sensations caused by sunbeams.
Carrots: more than meets the eye
Foods rich in beta-carotene also play a role in skin coloration. Did you know? The provitamin they contain stimulates the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for your tan. Carrots, apricots, mangoes, dark greens, sweet potatoes and parsley are all excellent sources of beta-carotene. Don’t hesitate to add them to your grocery list to enhance your summer glow.
Choose a foundation slightly darker than your usual shade to match your sun-kissed skin. Avoid cream or liquid formulas that don’t withstand the rising mercury and opt instead for a powder formula, which is much lighter. We love Stagecolor’s mineral powder for its long-lasting wear and matte finish. It evens out and enhances your complexion.
Use SPF 30 or higher
Although you might think that using a high SPF sunscreen is contradictory to achieving a tan that lasts, it is a logical approach. By protecting the skin from harmful sun rays, a high SPF sunscreen helps prevent sunburn, peeling and reduces the risk of long-term skin damage. This allows your tan to develop more evenly and last longer, without compromising your skin’s health.
In short, to maintain your summer tan and preserve the beauty of your skin, follow a routine of exfoliation, moisturizing and sun protection. These simple measures will help you prolong the radiance of your tan and enjoy a glowing complexion even after the summer’s over.