So, you’re back living in the British climate again after your holiday. It may feel like summer is nearly over, that the hard-earned tan you’ve spent hours perfecting will start to fade from the moment you step off the plane, but we’re here to show you how you can hold onto that summer tan for as long as possible.
Moisturising is key
Ignore anyone who tells you not to over moisturise. You need to make sure your skin never gets the opportunity to become dry, because once the peeling starts it will never stop. Usually, your tan fades on your face first, so remember to use a high-quality face moisturiser such as Forever’s Protecting Day Lotion which contains over twenty skin-conditioning ingredients including aloe vera and SPF 20. Aloe Lotion is also a great addition to your moisturising routine, as it’s made up of 66% aloe vera and contains nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil, vitamin E, collagen and elastin to keep the skin smooth and supple.
You should exfoliate your skin before your summer holiday to ensure your skin is hydrated and prepped for tanning. However, it’s also important to exfoliate on a weekly basis when you get back from your holiday to help remove old skin cells and ensure a deeper tan. Just remember not to use anything too gritty, go for something gentle on your skin such as Forever’s Smoothing Exfoliator. Unlike most exfoliators, this product uses natural jojoba beads and bamboo powder to remove dead skin cells, plus added lemon essential oil to moisturise.
The skin loses moisture during the tanning process, so rehydration is key if you want to prolong a natural tan. Along with making sure you’re applying plenty of moisturiser, using a proper after-sun will give your skin an extra dose of healthy hydration. The 84% aloe vera in our Aloe Vera Gelly will soon get to work and rescue your tanned skin from peeling. Make sure to apply it every day after showering to increase the longevity of your golden tan and keep your skin looking and feeling healthy, smooth and vibrant.
Take a cool shower
You may usually like to take your showers hot but unfortunately this can strip the skin of its natural oils, causing your skin to become dry and flaky. Keep your shower temperature as cool as possible to prolong your summer tan. For extra tanning points, use a moisturising shower gel to keep skin supple and hydrated.
Drink plenty of water
Think of water as nature’s after-sun as drinking it can extend the longevity of your tan. Water keeps the skin healthy, supple and hydrated, so make sure you’re drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. For added extra hydration, snack on foods like melon, cucumbers and celery which also have a high-water content.
Continue to apply sunscreen
Whether you are holidaying abroad or in the UK, sun protection is something that should be approached seriously. Since the skin is our largest organ, and one that protects all our other crucial components, it is vital that you show love and care towards your skin. Sun damage can cause premature ageing because UVA rays affect elastin fibres in the skin; too much sun exposure can lead to a loss of elasticity and this, ultimately, causes wrinkles.
But if you’re a real sun-worshipper and can’t resist a spot of tanning, make sure to apply Forever’s Aloe Sunscreen. It’s infused with aloe vera, water resistant and provides SPF 30 protection which is believed to protect the skin from 97% of all incoming UVB rays – the rays that cause skin to turn red – and this can make a significant difference to your summer skin.
Have you got any tips for prolonging your tan? Let us know in the comments.