Now that it’s almost summer having tan and bronzy skin is definitely on the mind. Whether you prefer artificial tanning or stepping out in the sun to get some color, there are simple steps to follow for keeping your new glow from fading. The last thing anyone wants is for their tan not to last longer than it should, so why not take precaution? Follow these simple steps to keep your skin glowing for as long as possible.
Before getting a spray tan or laying out in the sun, it’s essential that you exfoliate. Think of exfoliation as prepping and priming your skin for a tan. Using an exfoliant before or in the shower before a tanning session will get rid of any dead skin cells that are laying on top of your skin. You can use anything from body scrub to a body brush to get this process going. You also want to be sure to shave before you exfoliate and tan.
Take Cool Showers
When you already have a tan, the last thing you want to do is ruin it while you’re in the shower. This is probably the simplest step to maintaining a tan, and the key is to take cool showers rather than hot ones. I know that everyone loves a long, relaxing hot shower but for tanning purposes, you’ll want to keep it cool and quick. Hot water will quickly strip your skin from its tan due to dehydration.
After you’ve taken your cool showers, you’ll want to moisturize your skin after each one. Apart from being an important step in your skincare routine, moisturizer helps your skin glow even more. It’ll help lock in the new bronze color and prevents your skin from peeling. It’s likely that your tan will fade first on your face, so adding a few drops of tanning oil into your moisturizer doesn’t hurt.
You already know that you should be drinking the recommended 8 servings of 8 ounces of water a day, but it’s extra important for maintaining a tan. Drinking water helps extend the life of your skin cells, which helps delay the body’s natural exfoliation process thus keeping your tan longer. You can add some cucumber to your water or drink coco for an added boost of hydration as well.
Wear A Tan Extender
Another step you can take is incorporating a tan extender into your daily routine, once you’re already tan. These products are made to preserve the color of a tan and can also make you look more tan than before. Tan extenders can be found at your local drugstore and other beauty retailers such as Sephora and Ulta.