You came back from your vacation with a beautiful sexy and healthy tan? Check out what to do to be able to cherish it for longer than a month. Some of these ideas might actually surprise you!
I. WHAT A TAN REALLY IS?
A tan is nothing more than getting your skin darker due to sun exposure. This nice shade is an outcome of our skin defending itself from ultraviolet light (UV) by producing melanin, which protects deeper layers of skin and darkens it at the same time. What your tan looks like depends on your complexion type, the place where you’re sunbathing ( a „Greek” tan looks different than the one you get in the city center) and the kind of radiation that caused it. UVA rays, which get to the Earth the most are responsible for photoaging of the skin. The tan that they cause appears fast, is intense but disappears in about a month. UVB radiation contributes to the production of vitamin D, is less intense, and the tan stays up to a few months.
II. HOW TO MAKE YOUR TAN LAST LONGER?
1. BEFORE YOU TAN
In order to make sure that your tan is even and stays longer, make sure to moisturize your skin with lotions prior to sun exposure. While sunbathing, remember to apply high protection sunscreen regularly. I always carry them with me on sunny days, regardless if I’m in Poland or in Africa. Well, you might not get tanned very fast when you’re using SPF 50, but at least your skin will be healthier and will make it up to you after a couple of years with its good condition. The most important thing? Not to get sunburnt – it’ll make your skin „peel off” along with your dream tan.
2. A PROPER DIET
I always say that beauty comes… from the inside! When it comes to a tan, it’s not any different. If you want to keep your golden tan, it’s good to make sure your diet is rich in beta-carotene, an A provitamin. This ingredient helps you tan, works against discolorations and is a natural sun filter. It can give you a golden shade of skin even in the middle of winter! Drink freshly extracted carrot juices and eat orange yellow and red veggies and fruit – peaches, apricots, tomatoes, peppers and oranges. Provide selenium to your organism, a chemical element that helps regenerate sun damaged cells and cares for its healthy appearance. You’ll find it in cucumbers, broccoli, tuna, and whole-wheat bread.
3. PROPER COSMETICS – 5 COMMANDMENTS OF A HEALTHY DIET
- A suntan will look best on firm and moisturized skin that reflects light well 😉 Always apply moisturizing and cooling lotions after exposing your skin to the sun.
- Use body scrub regularly (HERE you can check how I prepare a coffee scrub), or use black soap that peels your skin off in a much more delicate way than, for example, a sugar cosmetic (read all about it HERE). Don’t be scared – you won’t „peel your tan off”, but only the outer layer. As an outcome, even if you’ll be able to enjoy your tan for a little while shorter, it’ll surely look better.
- If you want to avoid getting your skin too dry, start taking cold showers. You can also turn hot water on and then change it for cold after a while – it’ll make your skin more firm and help you get rid of cellulite at the same time! 😀
- When your suntan starts fading away, help it a bit by using a powder bronzer (like THIS one, for example, or THIS one) or a stone one (I recommend THIS, THIS and THIS one). Apply it with a wide brush on the top of your arms, neckline, legs, and face, of course 😉 Remember, golden glitter is your big ally!
- If you lost control over your sunbathing and are fighting with discolorations, go for argan oil cosmetics (read more about its properties HERE) and lemon juice that’ll highlight the imperfections.
III. HOMEMADE TAN
If your suntan starts disappearing after a few months, there’s nothing to worry about. Even if you are not planning a tropical winter vacation, you can always get a beautiful golden shade of skin. Apply cosmetics that bronze your skin gradually (a Sephora lotion, for example), or natural oils that make your skin darker (you can get it HERE, for example). Foam self-tanning creams also work (like THIS one), cream (like THIS one) and mist ones (check THIS one) as well. To avoid an irregular suntan, make sure that you apply them on smooth skin, after a peeling. You can always get spray tanned – it’s one of the safest ways to get tanned without exposing yourself to the sun. Such treatments are available in many cities, that’s how, for example, Joanna Krupa, a Polish model, gets her tan in winter. I definitely advise against going to a solarium – your skin will be dry, you’ll make it age, and, what’s worse, you’ll increase the possibility of developing skin cancer.