How to Make Your Tan Last Longer
In the Philippines, being light or fair-skinned is the name of the game. While I can appreciate how pretty and dainty fair-skinned Filipinas can look, I also think that kayumanggi and morena skin can look just as lovely. My natural skin tone is just a bit on the light side, and I like getting a good tan once in a while. Like during summers, when it seems just natural to have one. Being tan makes me think of the beach, of water, of vacations, and somehow, it makes me feel more confident to bare more skin than I usually do.
I only wish my tan could last longer and stay more even. I love that gorgeous I’ve-been-in-the-sun flush I get on my cheeks after a whole day or two at a beach or resort. And then bronzey, sorta glowy arms and legs, with matching beach hair. To me the whole look is easygoing, yet sexy. Winner. Now, if you were wondering how to do the same (instead of using whitening stuff to get rid of your tan immediately ), here are some ways to make your tan last longer.
- Before you go out in the sun, exfoliate your skin. This way, you don’t tan flaky skin that can easily peel or flake off afterwards, causing your tan to possibly fade more quickly. Of course, it’s also nice to slough off any dead skin and make your skin look smoother before donning a swimsuit.
- Use an after-tanning moisturizer. An example of such a product is the Banana Boat Aloe After Sun Lotion. Basically this aims to prolong your tan by keeping skin soothed and intensely moisturized, therefore avoiding peeling, which can reveal lighter skin beneath, or cause your skin tone to look uneven.
- When you find your tan starting to fade, if you’re willing to, expose yourself to more sunlight. If you’re confined to the city, you might wanna get up early to catch the rays, like around 7 AM to avoid being exposed to the sun during 9 AM to 4 PM, when outdoor UV exposure can be hazardous to the skin. Don’t bask in the sun too long. Definitely avoid getting sunburned! To enhance your tanning session, while you’re in the sun, you may opt to apply some tanning products such as tanning oils or lotions. There’s a variety of these to choose from—with or without SPF, low, moderate, or higher levels of SPF, oil, gel, cream, or lotion. Select one considering your skin type and depending on whether or not you burn easily.
- If your tan is fading and you want to prolong it buy stay indoors, fake it. There are lots of fake tan sprays and lotions out there, one of the more popular ones brands these days being St. Tropez (haven’t tried but would like to) which have fake tan mousses, sprays, and lotions. The important thing to look for in these type of products is a color that looks more natural and doesn’t turn orange, and it’s also essential that they don’t run, and dry quickly. There are also tinted body lotions available (Banana Boat has these also) that can help enhance a tan or keep a fading tan look more even.
It’d also be good to always keep your skin moisturized, so it doesn’t look dry or fried by the sun. The products recommended above are to help retain your radiant, bronzed glow, so if you don’t have anything like these yet, you might want to start looking and incorporate them into your current beauty routine.
I hope I can squeeze in at least one more trip to a beach or poolside. My color is starting to go back to its original state and I’d like to look sun-kissed again, please. :-)
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