5 Tips to Make Your Tan Last Longer
Vacation time is in full swing, and many fashionistas are wondering how to keep summer tan for a long time. The editorial team of The Fashiongton Post decided to share with you some proven methods and lifehacks to help you make your tan last longer after your sea vacation.
1. Preliminary preparation of the skin
Same as you prepare your face for makeup, you need to take care of your body skin, preparing it in advance for sun treatments. Thanks to this, the skin will attract the tan better, and it will last longer. Before traveling to the seas and beaches, remember to regularly use exfoliators to get rid of dead skin cells and activate skin renewal. Scrubs and peels are your main beauty assistants in preparing for your beach vacation.
2. Intensive hydration
This is of paramount importance, since exposure to the sun, ultraviolet radiation and salt sea water dry the skin, drawing moisture out of it, and can even provoke flaking. Timely hydration is a guarantee of a stable and even tan due to the fact that keratinized and tanned particles will remain on the body longer than usual.
3. Gradual change of SPF degree
Sun protection is a prerequisite for an even and beautiful tan. Always start the first days of vacation with maximum protection (SPF 50), then switch to SPF 30 (in 2-3 days for the owners of the medium-dark skin, or in a week for the light skin). Reduce the number to no less than SPF 15. Be sure to protect your face and body, including hard-to-reach areas such as your back and shoulders.
4. Tan prolongation products
Use special cosmetic products for tan prolongation — oils, lotions and tanning creams with vitamins C and E, as well as melanin-stimulating and beta-carotene-containing oils (for example, carrot, apricot, and peach oil) suitable to give the skin a golden-chocolate hue.
5. Nutrition adjustment
To keep your sea tan for as long as possible, it is worth adding the foods with beta-carotene, lycopene, vitamins C and E to your daily diet. This will stimulate the production of melanin (the pigment responsible for the appearance of suntan on our skin) and help the body get rid of free radicals and irritation caused by ultraviolet light. Fortunately, the seasonal summer products are available in a great variety — mango, peach, apricot, tomato, pepper, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower.