Summer is about relaxing and spending long days enjoying the warm weather and soaking up the sun’s rays. It takes time to get that nice summer glow after the long months of winter which makes it something you want to maintain. After all, you spent many a day in the sun working on your tan and you don’t want to lose it by not taking care of your skin properly. There are a few tips and tricks you can employ to make sure that your skin stays nice and tan. Follow these and your summer glow will stay with you into the autumn months.
Moisturizer Is Your Best Friend
The first key to maintaining your sunkissed look is to moisturize your entire body daily. You can use a light lotion but to really maintain your tan you will want to use a body butter that has shea butter in it and other nourishing ingredients like coconut oil. These will infuse your skin with some much-needed moisture as the sun itself can be quite drying. If you have just finished a day on the beach you may want to try an after sun lotion before you apply body butter. Aloe vera tends to be a key ingredient for aftersun care and this will help to protect your skin as well.
After spending time under the hot sun you definitely don’t want to have a scalding hot shower to wash any seawater off you. This can damage your skin as the hot water removes the oils that your body produces to protect your skin. When skin becomes very dry it tends to flake off which means your tan will start to fade rapidly. To ensure this doesn’t happen, using a shower gel that also contains moisturizing ingredients. This may also help to stop any peeling if you got a bit too much sun. Flaking and peeling can sometimes go hand in hand and you want to find that happy medium between just enough sun and not turning lobster red.
We know we have stressed the importance of moisturizing your skin but your insides are just as important. With the skin being the largest organ on the body it also needs to be nourished from the inside. This means you need to drink your 8 cups of water a day to make sure you are well hydrated and your skin is getting the water it needs to keep it moist.
If you still feel like your tan needs a little something extra you can always supplement with a bit of self-tanner and these tips work for making a fake tan last too!