You’ve worked hard for that tan, putting in long hours sunbathing in the local park, wearing shorts every day, or even heading to the Mediterranean in search of some sun. It’s understandable that you want to make your new bronzed look last as long as possible. Here are a few tips to help you keep your tan longer.
1. Shave, Don’t Wax
There’s a misconception that shaving causes a tan to fade more quickly. The truth is, you cannot “shave” your tan. The act of shaving removes the top layer of dead skin cells, making your skin glow! However, waxing can cause a tan to fade faster than usual, as it strips away the top layer of skin. That top layer of cells that you’ve worked hard to tan is pulled away along with the hair, leaving you hairless but pale. Hair removal creams can also strip away the top layer of skin, so it’s best to stick to shaving while you’re trying to stretch out your summer tan.
When skin gets dry, the top layer begins to form flakes that fall off, exposing the fresh white skin underneath. Keep the top layer of your skin in good condition by applying a moisturiser every day. For best results, bring your favourite moisturiser on holiday with you and apply it every morning and evening. Keep up this routine when you get home to maintain your skin soft and extend the lifetime of your tan.
3. Hydrate Well
If you let yourself become dehydrated, all the moisturiser in the world isn’t going to keep your skin in good condition. Keep your skin well hydrated by drinking water throughout the day. Remember that in summer you sweat more than usual, so it’s important to make up for the water you lose. Keep a bottle of water by your desk and take frequent sips.
4. Fake It Once You’ve Made It
Eventually, your summer tan will start to fade. At this point, you have three choices: take another trip to a sunny climate for a tan top-up, use a sunbed, or use a fake tanning product to supplement your real tan. For many people, fake tan is the most convenient and affordable option. Select a lightly tinted skin product and start applying it as soon as you notice your tan starting to fade — or even earlier if you want to take a proactive approach. Regularly applying a very light fake tan product will help to keep your skin pigmentation even throughout the autumn and winter.
We at Dorco think you’re perfect just how you are, but we know some of you love to look tanned. If you're one of those bronze-loving beauties, we have good news for you: your summer tan isn’t doomed to fade as soon as you return from the beach. The top layer of skin sheds approximately every two weeks, so to ensure that all your skin cells are at the start of the cycle, have a shave and scrub before you tan. After tan, keep your skin looking bronzed and beautiful by shaving rather than waxing, drinking plenty of water, moisturising every day and — when all else fades — using fake tan to keep your skin looking darker for longer.