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We recently blogged about the importance of protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. While no one wants sun damage, many of us do want that golden tan. Thankfully, there are tons of products on the market that can help you achieve your desired summer look without needing to roast in the sun. After you’ve exfoliated and applied your chosen self-tanner, the following tips will help you maintain and extend your gorgeous tan.
- Don’t use oil-based moisturizers. An oil-based moisturizer will make your tan slip right off. Apply a very basic moisturizer that is not oil-based right after you shower to keep your skin hydrated without diminishing your tan.
- Avoid hot showers. Water that is too hot can break down your tan. Instead, opt for shorter and lukewarm showers.
- Dab dry, don’t rub. In an effort to not exfoliate away your new tan, be sure to dab yourself dry with a towel after showering instead of rubbing yourself down.
- Skip the pool and hot tub. Avoid chlorinated water if possible. Summer is typically a time for lots of swimming. Unfortunately, the chlorine in pools and hot tubs will cause your tan to fade faster.
- Eat your betas! Scientists have found that a diet rich in beta-carotenes can recreate the glow of sun-kissed skin from within! Some foods high in beta-carotenes are carrots, mangoes, and sweet potatoes.
- Hydrate. Keeping your skin hydrated from the inside out will not only help your skin retain the tan, but it will also help the tan fade evenly when the time has come.
- Reapply. Once your tan starts to fade, reapply your self-tanner every few days to maintain your desired color and to even out any patchy areas.