Returning from vacation doesn't mean giving up on your pretty tan! To extend your time at the start of the school year, we're sharing 3 tips for enhancing your golden tan , enough to make all your office colleagues green with envy!
How to keep your tan as long as possible?
1 – Focus on exfoliating treatments
During the summer, the skin thickens to protect itself from UV rays, which results in a duller complexion. It is therefore essential to remove this layer to restore the radiance to your skin . For this, you can opt for scrubs based on clays or fruit acids (AHA) for a gentle peel.
Why exfoliate regularly?
If our skin renews itself naturally and in principle eliminates dead cells on its own, it is still necessary to exfoliate it regularly .
Pollution , external aggressions , exposure to the sun and poor eating habits disrupt our cellular balance. As a result, these cells take longer to eliminate. Exfoliation thus creates an environment conducive to cell renewal , stimulates blood circulation, evens out the tan and prevents flaking to keep your tan longer.
Does scrub remove tan?
Do not panic ! The scrub will not make you lose your tan, so hard worked this summer, but on the contrary, will allow you to remove dead cells from the surface of the skin and even out your tan so that you can maintain your tanned and luminous complexion. Longer !
How to properly exfoliate your skin?
- Avoid exfoliating your skin every day! Daily exfoliation would be excessive, which could lead to dehydration and dry skin . Instead, opt for a scrub 1 to 3 times a week to preserve the lipid balance of your skin.
- Favor natural exfoliants with aggressive chemical active ingredients often present in cosmetic industry formulas. In particular, avoid scrubs made with plastic microbeads and instead opt for homemade scrubs using ingredients available in your cupboards. For the body, use sugar , sea salt or coffee grounds , for a zero waste alternative. For the face, prefer gentle exfoliants based on natural active ingredients such as fruit acids (AHA) and white, green, red clay or even rhassoul. Avoid coarse scrubs, such as sugar, which risk “scratching” your epidermis and sensitizing your skin.
2 – Hydrate yourself!
Hydrating your body well promotes optimal cell renewal. Indeed, dry skin or a sunburn can lead to the phenomenon of flaking , thus causing the skin to peel and causing an uneven tan.
Hydration maintains the good health of melanocyte cells, responsible for the production of melanin. By functioning optimally, these cells will continue to produce melanin and therefore maintain our pretty golden tan , even when exposed for only twenty minutes on the terrace or during walks after the summer.
How to properly hydrate your skin after summer?
- Consume at least 1.5 liters of water per day to flush waste from the body. Good hydration starts from the inside out.
- Use moisturizing creams based on aloe vera or more powerful active ingredients such as serums based on hyaluronic acid, for deep hydration. If you continue to expose yourself, opt for after-sun care to soothe your skin.
- Don't ignore nourishing treatments such as carrot oil, apricot kernel oil or even buriti oil, stimulating the synthesis of melanin thanks to their natural richness in beta-carotene , for a lasting healthy glow effect. To keep your complexion golden, you can also “cheat” by making yourself a self-tanning lotion based on micas (natural shimmering pigment) and the oils mentioned above.
3 – Stock up on antioxidants on your plate
We can never repeat it enough, the secret to beautiful skin starts from within. Your diet can be much more than a source of taste pleasure, it can be a real ally in taking care of your skin and enhancing your tan:
- Beta-carotene : precursor of vitamin A, it is a powerful antioxidant belonging to the carotenoid family which stimulates the production of melanin , for a golden tan, and protects the skin from UV rays and premature aging . It is mainly found in carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, melons, mangoes, seaweed and even spinach.
- Omega-3 and 6 : essential fatty acids for cell renewal , their antioxidant properties strengthen skin elasticity and act as a barrier to toxins . Foods rich in omega-3 are avocado, sunflower oil, walnut oil and fatty fish such as sardines, mackerel, tuna and salmon. Foods rich in omega-6 are cereals and seeds (sunflower, flax, chia), oilseeds (walnuts, almonds, pine nuts) and vegetable oils (rapeseed, safflower).
- Fruits & vegetables rich in water: they help maintain skin hydration and replenish fluid losses in the event of skin dehydration. It is mainly found in cucumbers, watermelon, tomatoes, radishes, melon, lettuce and even zucchini.
Complete your routine with a course of food supplements
If they are real allies in preparing your skin for the sun and stimulating melanin production in summer, Sun Gummies also prove to be very useful even several weeks after exposure to make your tan last longer. Indeed, beta-carotene and tyrosine prolong your golden tan while selenium , vitamin C and vitamin E protect and limit premature aging of the skin.
For a complete routine, opt for the Solar Beauty Pack , which combines the benefits of the Hydration & Clear Skin treatment with delicious sugar-free Sun Gummies, for tanned and hydrated skin after summer.
Find all our tips for optimizing your tan in our booklet, download it for free via this link .
And the UV cabins in all this?
After a vacation in the sun, many people dream of maintaining their pretty tanned complexion. So why not give in to the call of UV tanning booths ? If UV sessions seem like an attractive idea, the reality is quite different.
If your skin could talk, it would probably scream stop! Indeed, UV rays cause skin damage ranging from the most superficial (sunburn, premature aging of the skin) to the most serious (skin cancer). Remember, UV rays from cabins are just as harmful as those from the sun. If you would like to find out more, we recommend the report from Public Health France, “ A review of the preconceived ideas that motivate the use of tanning in a UV cabin ”.