Ever wondered how some girls tend to keep their color for what seems like an age? Well I’m about to show you exactly how to make your tan last longer. The great thing about these techniques is they’re so simple to apply and have been proven to be effective on EVERY girl.
It also doesn’t matter what type of tan you have. What I’m about to show you will work on all of the following:
- Spray tan
- Sun tan
- Tanning lotion
- Solarium tan
- And any other that I may have missed!
Rule #1: Exfoliate Like Crazy!
No matter how you’re going to go about getting your tan on, exfoliating beforehand is a must! Our skin is constantly shedding so it’s important to clear out the older dead cells that shed faster, taking with them the color you just added to your skin.
And I don’t just mean giving yourself a gentle scrub, I mean doing the following two steps:
Step One: Start Off With A Dry Scrub
There are a lot of benefits to scrubbing your skin with a dry brush before getting into the shower. This includes:
- Stimulates blood flow helping to remove toxins that interfere with skin cell generation.
- Removes dead skin cells allowing newer cells to absorb color.
- Reducers cellulite!
- And a lot more
Scrub your body starting from your feet up, always brushing towards your heart. Use strong circular motions or long measured strokes.
If you don’t have a dry scrub brush, I recommend using something like this.
Step Two: Use An Oil Free Scrub
The reason for this is because if you are applying a lotion or getting a spray tan, that extra oil can lead to streaking and unwanted discoloration. Better yet check out this baking soda scrub which is super simple to make and will give you the best results - http://besskincare.com/diy-microdermabrasion
If you’re not doing this already, I seriously recommend you give it a try. This one technique alone will dramatically make your tan last for a lot longer.
Rule #2: Moisturize The RIGHT Way
Two things to talk about here:
- Moisturizing BEFORE getting your tan on.
- Moisturizing AFTER your tan appears.
Moisturizing 24 hours prior to tanning and directly after exfoliating using the process in rule #1 will do one thing – strengthen your skin.
By doing this, you’re ensuring your skin is in perfect condition before you start applying color to it. This means it will last a hell of a lot longer and at the same time will show color much more evenly.
Make sure you don’t apply any product during the 24 hours between moisturizing and tanning!
Adding moisture AFTER you get a tan is even more important.
First off, if your tan was from the sun or a tanning bed you are going to want to apply an after sun almost immediately. Remember you are essentially burning your skin so you’re going to want to cool things down right away.
And when it comes to cooling your skin down, there’s nothing better than some fresh Aloe Vera. If you don’t have your own plant, I seriously recommend growing some. All you need is a small pot and one branch to get it started.
If you just had a spray tan or applied a sunless tanning lotion then you MUST wait until after showering before you can apply a moisturizer.
Speaking of showering…
Rule #3: When To Shower
Okay so this one is only going to apply to those who used a sunless tanner. You can shower any time after sunbathing or using a tanning bed.
If you just had a spray tan or applied a self tanning lotion, you must wait at least 12 hours. If you shower earlier than that, you run the risk of washing away the tanner before it is able to be fully absorbed into your skin.
Always apply a sunless tanner in the morning. That way you will have all day to allow it to soak in properly before washing away the excess in the shower.
So there you have it, the 3 golden rules on how to make your tan last longer. If you have any questions about these techniques, please feel free to drop me a comment below and I’ll get right back to you!
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