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Skip the Tanning Bed: Tips to Maintain Your Summer Tan

By (view all posts by jmediodia)
at 10:07AM Wednesday September 22, 2010
under Shop Smarter

Just because the summer season is gone doesn't mean your tan has to be, too!

After various sunbathing sessions at the beach, most of us have already acquired a glowing tan worth showing off. The only problem for the months to come is preserving the tan as much as possible. The benefits of preserving your tan are fairly obvious: less further exposure to harmful UV rays, and lower beauty costs from not having to turn to tanning salons.

As this chilly fall season begins to set in, not all of your summer glow needs to be lost. Read on to learn how to transition your tan from summer to fall without overdoing it and saving a few extra bucks..
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Avoid Harsh Scrubs and Over Exfoliating

Buffing your skin regularly is a great way to keep your skin looking smooth and radiant, but this process will wear away your tan. Avoid using any type of body peels or salt scrubs if you want to maintain a sun-kissed look for a few weeks. For a natural, homemade gentle exfoliant you can use a mixture of brown sugar and olive oil. Apply the mixture with a sponge with gentle circular movements. Try limiting full body exfoliation to just once per week, and use a moisturizing body wash instead. Keep the showers short and cool--long hot baths can strip you of moisture and make your skin look dull.

Moisturize with an Illuminating Lotion

It may seem redundant, but there's no better way to keep that bronze color than to layer on a moisturizer day and night. This daily ritual is essential as it helps nourish the skin cells responsible for tanning and prevents them from peeling ensuring that your tan will last longer. Illuminating lotions are designed to hydrate the skin and reflect light.  Try SKIN SO SOFT Mineral Gems Luminous Pearl Body Lotion from Avon. It's simple to apply daily and they brighten any shade of tan. Apply to the entire body right after a shower for the best results.

Use a Gradual Self-Tanner

Once you've milked your natural tan as long as you can, consider using a sunless tanner. While these products are also labeled as tan-extending products or gradual self tanners, they act in the same way. The main ingredient in these products is DHA, a substance that binds with the amino acids from your skin from the superficial layer of the skin, preserving the tan. Try a gradual tanner, like Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer, that slowly builds up your color and has a more natural look. The slow but steady process of gradually building your tan lets you be in control of how dark you go.

Choose a Bronzer that Suits Your Skin Tone

To get a healthy tanned look on your face, bronzers are a perfect choice. Make sure the bronzer is just a few shades darker than your natural skin tone.  Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Dance is a light and natural powder with a hint of shimmer. Sweep the bronzer across your cheekbones, nose, and forehead to highlight the areas that are naturally sun-kissed. During the fall and winter it's unnatural to be as tan as you are in the summer, so don't go bronzing overboard.

With today being the date of the autumnal equinox, it's time to say farewell to summer. Thankfully, with a little care and not much money, we can eke out a few more weeks of enjoyment out of our summer tan.

Do you have any tan maintenance tips? Share them with us in the comments!