The ‘less is more’ rule definitely does not apply to sun cream, ladies and gentlemen. In fact, dermatologists tell us to apply at least three tablespoons of sun cream all over our bodies before exposing our skin to the sun – that’s the same size as a shot glass, in case you need an easy way to remember.
“Whether I’m relaxing on a sunlounger, going for dips in the sea, or just chilling out with a cocktail, the Bioderma Photoderm Spot SPF 50 + is great for keeping my skin protected,” says Carly. She also adds that it’s really important to ensure your face is shielded from the sun, too: “Every day, even in the UK, I make sure I apply SPF to my face. My favourite product is the Bare Minerals Prep Step Mineral Shield SPF 50. It’s fantastic as it keeps my complexion looking fresh, and also provides a base underneath my foundation. I also suggest trying out the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35. This BB cream creates a dewy and fresh look, with no heaviness, so it’s the ideal home or away product.”
“Did you know that taking hot showers causes your skin to dehydrate and peel quicker? So, if you want to make your tan last longer, all you need to do is swap a hot shower for a cool one,” Carly says. “It helps to use an oil-based shower gel, too, as excessive bubbles can actually rub away your tan.”
“If you expose your skin to sunlight often, your body will naturally produce more melanin. Melanin is what controls the colour of your eyes and hair, as well as the tone of your skin, and production increases as your skin tans,” Carly says.
So, it might seem like an obvious tip, but going on holiday more frequently is a sure fire way to boost your tan throughout the year. Places like the Canary Islands are warm all year round, so it’s the perfect excuse to uncover your legs as early as February. As if we needed another reason to book a holiday…
M is for moisturising. You should focus on particularly dry areas, including your hands, feet, elbows, and knees.
Carly says: “Hydrating your skin is incredibly important, especially when you’re planning to chill out in the sun. Moisturising from head to toe keeps your skin cells plump and soft, meaning your skin tone is more balanced and that your glow will stay in place for longer. Try to avoid traditional after sun products, as many of these contain alcohol, which is very drying to your skin. My favourite moisturiser is the Sienna X Radiance Body Balm. Not only is it hydrating, but it also has a little shimmer. This equals an enhanced tan, as the light bounces off your body – a bit like an Instagram filter – so you look flawless. Plus, the lemongrass scent reminds me of being on holiday.”
Exfoliating might sound like a laborious task, but it’s essential if you want to maintain your tan.
Carly tells us: “Before and after your holiday are the most important times to gently buff away dead skin cells, as well as SPF product build up. In addition, exfoliating helps to keep your skin looking healthy and flawless. The Bliss Hot Salt Scrub is effective for this and feels luxurious, too. Alternatively, you can create your own exfoliator at home by mixing brown sugar and body oil together.”
We promise that this is a trick you’ll love. Have you ever wondered how celebs look glowing all of the time? The answer is body oil. Applying just a small amount to your arms and legs will instantly make them look sleek, and it’ll work wonders for your tan, too.
“A natural botanical body oil, like Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, is fantastic for achieving this subtle look. The product contains no silicon or mineral oil, either, so it promises to nourish and repair your skin,” says Carly.
“Beta-carotene is an organic, synthesized chemical compound, containing a red-orange pigment which is found in lots of fruit and vegetables. Think sweet potatoes, mangoes, carrots, and pumpkins, to name a few. And research has shown that eating high amounts of these foods actually makes your skin appear darker,” says Carly.
We can’t think of a better reason to pile your plate high with the good stuff.
“Did you know that keeping hydrated helps to prolong the life of your cells? This includes those tanned cells just above the surface. Plus, drinking water – whether it’s hot or cold – works wonders for your skin, nails and hair,” explains Carly.
“It might sound like an obvious tip, but wearing light shades of clothing – especially white – really does create the illusion of tanned skin. This tried-and-tested tip is one of our favourites, too. Try pairing a white dress or shirt with a brightly-coloured accessory – this is a guaranteed way to look more tanned.”
When it comes to making your tan last longer, the best and safest way is to use a gradual fake tan.
Carly says: “Opting for a gradual fake tan is much safer than sitting out in the sun for hours on end. My dream duo for faking it is the Sienna X Gradual Glowing Self Tan, paired with the Sienna X Luxury Self Tan Mitt . I always use a mitt to apply fake tan to avoid getting stained palms and knuckles. It’s best to apply the lotion in long, sweeping motions. Plus, you can use any excess from the mitt on your face and the backs of your hands.”
Topping up your natural tan with a good quality fake tan can work wonders. It’s really easy to maintain – you can apply it straight after your morning shower, without having to wait for it to dry before getting dressed for work. The subtle colour in fake tan will give your real one a huge boost, too. Applying it every other day is the most ideal way to enhance your natural colour and to avoid looking streaky.
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Author: Olivia Hunt
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