HOW TO MAKE YOUR TAN LAST AS LONG AS POSSIBLE
Do you feel like your tan is fading from the moment you set foot out of the airplane once back from your holiday? If so, then let's see if these little tips, that we are sharing with you here in this post, can help you keep your tan for a bit longer.
We have now made it to the very end of summer 2017 :/ Technically summer is now officially over, seeing that September is the first of the autumn months. However, if we are lucky then maybe we will still get some hot Indian-summer kind of days here in London in the coming weeks. Fingers crossed!
Lot's of people tend to book a holiday in September. It's the perfect way to make summer last just that little bit longer and it is a way to get one last boost of sunshine before the long and dark winter is here (sorry, I know season 6 of Game Of Thrones has finished by now but I still got GOT on my brain - see what I did there ;p). I too decided to have a September holiday this year, and have just arrived back from a lovely girls-trip to Greece. I don't like being too tanned (this is just something I say because I physically can't get very tanned btw), but I have done my best to work up a nice golden shade during this trip which I hope will last for at least a couple of weeks more.
Before going on holiday I did a bit of research as to how I could best prepare for the sun, treat my skin whilst in Greece, and what I can do now that I'm back in London, to make my tan last as long as possible. So far I've been getting some great results from following these simple steps, and now I feel like it's only fair that I share these tips with you here on the blog :)
PREPARE YOUR SKIN FOR THE SUN
- BETA CAROTENE
Beta-carotene is an orange pigment found in plants and fruits. Carrots are for instance known for containing a high dosage of Beta-carotene.
You can take beta-carotene as a supplement and it is said to help protect your skin from sun damage. There are quite a lot of different opinions out there regards to if this is true or not. I'm certainly no expert, but I decided that it couldn't hurt to give it a try - and I didn't get burned...
I started taking the supplements about two weeks before going away, and I brought them with me and continued to take them during my holiday. However, If you don't like taking supplement then why not fill your diet with some healthy fruit and vegetables like carrots, asparagus, broccoli, pumpkin, and sweet potato, that contains high amounts of beta-carotene :)
Some more info about beta-carotene from medicalnewstoday.com :
'The human body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A (retinol) - beta-carotene is a precursor of vitamin A. We need vitamin A for healthy skin and mucus membranes, our immune system, and good eye health and vision.
Beta-carotene in itself is not an essential nutrient, but vitamin A is.'
The better condition your skin is in, the easier it will get a nice and deep tan. Keeping your skin soft and moisturized is pretty much the main key to this whole topic of keeping you tan. Whilst on holiday your skin is likely to be exposed to lots of sun, sea and chlorine water, suncream and air conditioning. These are all things that can dry out your skin, so starting of your holiday with hydrated skin is very important.
Make sure to exfoliate both your body and your face about 3 times a week leading up to your holiday and make sure to put on a nice moisturizer afterwards. For the exfoliation I recommend using a finer more gentle scrub for your face.
WHILST ON HOLIDAY
- USE SUNCREAM AND MAKE SURE YOU GRADUALLY TAN
I know this one is super obvious, but make sure you use suncream! Don't be tempted to get a kick start on your tan by sitting in the sun for a short time unprotected - this is only a very bad idea, because once you burn then you need to stay out of the sun for the rest of your holiday! I would always recommend to start of your holiday using SPF 50 or 30 - only for the first few days, regardless of your skin tone. Especially if you haven't exposed your skin much to the sun prior top your trip. I know it is boring to wait, but building up a slow tan is the healthiest and safest way. The slow tan will eventually give you a deeper and longer lasting glow.
- GENTLY EXFOLIATE
I noticed during my holiday that I was starting to get a bit of dry skin on my face. I knew that leaving it would only make it worse, and I really didn't want any skin to start pealing of. I decided to gently exfoliate my face before covering my face in a thick hydrating night cream. I was pleased to discover the next morning that my skin was back to its healthy self, and I was ready for a new day on the beach. OBS! I want to point out that I was extra careful with my face on that following day and made sure to wear a cap for a lot of the time whilst in the sun.
BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER YOUR HOLIDAY: KEEP YOUR SKIN HYDRATED!
I know that I have already mentioned this a few times by now, but it is the key element here. Make sure to moisturise every day after you have had a shower or bath. This is not only going to help keep your tan for as long as possible, but also make sure your skin doesn't dry up during the cold months ahead of us. Personally I like to use skin oils and my latest favorite is the 'anti-ageing treatment oil' from SAMAYA. It smells amazing, and leaves my skin feeling super soft and smooth.
The treatment oil from SAMAYA is 'a concentrated blend of Ayurvedic botanicals and clinically proven active anti-ageing ingredients, this powerful treatment oil comprehensively targets the signs of skin-ageing, visibly reducing the appearance of wrinkles. High-performance Ayurvedic infusions such as Rose, Turmeric, Tulsi, Gotu Kola and Ashwagandha are harnessed in a quick-absorbing formula, resulting in skin that appears youthful and radiant, whilst its calming aroma imparts a deep sense of tranquillity. (www.samayaayurveda.com)'.
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Annabell is using an oil from bodhi & birch at the moment and is absolutely loving it. They offer a range of body oils, but Annabell went for the Nordic White with fragrances of spruce and fennel. The oil features high levels of Gamma Linoleic Acid, Omega 6 and Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin Complex to improve overall skin health and youthfulness. Sounds pretty amazing if you ask me :)
- AVOID TOO HOT SHOWERS
I love a nice hot shower. The hotter the better, even if it leaves my skin red and over heated - not good I know! Hot water dries out the skin and is therefor a 'no-go' if you want to keep you skin smooth and your glow lasting for weeks.
- HYDRATE FROM WITHIN - DRINK LOTS OF WATER
An obvious point I know, but a very important one if you want to have nice and healthy looking skin. And also a necessity whilst on holiday in the boiling hot sunshine! So always make sure to stay hydrated! :)
ONE LAST LITTLE HOLIDAY HAIR TIP
Here is one last little holiday tip for you fellow blondies out there. If you want a natural way to bleach your hair and give it that sun kissed look, then go and buy yourself some lemons!
Squeeze some lemon juice in your hair and leave it there whilst in the sun. But be careful, the juice can sting and burn your skin a bit, so try and keep it off your face :) It will also make your hair quite sticky, so this is not something to do if you want to look nice. If you are just chilling on the beach however, it shouldn't matter if your hair is in a bit of a mess. Just make sure to wash it out in the sea before going back to your hotel - and you will get perfect looking beach hair by the time it dries :)
My friend and I found during our latest trip that the easiest way of applying the lemon juice was to cut it in half, then drag it along the hair whilst squeezing it gently. It will get a bit messy, so I suggest you do this once you are at the beach. Thats what we did at least, although I must admit that we got some pretty strange looks whilst sitting there rubbing lemon on to our heads - hehe. We both really felt like it worked though, so we can absolutely recommend it.
If you have a holiday scheduled in for the near future, then happy holiday to you and have a safe trip! I hope this post was helpful :)
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