Hard work pays off—why else do you think our limbs look as smooth, glowing, and tan as they do? Thanks, beach. (Obviously, we never stepped outside without first slathering on our favorite SPF, as all good beauty editors do.) Now that fall is looming, we’re wont to let all our hard work go to waste; the thought of fading back into pale obscurity makes us shudder. Luckily, there are genius products that exist to make it oh so easy to remain a beach-bound goddess (or at least look like one) all year long. Thank goodness. Keep scrolling for five products that will prolong your summer tan!
St. Tropez Gradual Tan In-Shower Lotion ($25)
Apply this magical lotion in the shower, wait three minutes, then rinse it off—it really is that simple. Currently, over 60,000 bottles have been sold, making it St. Tropez’s most successful tanning launch ever. Don’t expect a huge dose of color, though; rather, it’s the perfect tint that keeps already-tan skin glowing all year round.
James Read Tan Extending Sleep Serum ($45)
Created to work overnight and prolong your glow, this regenerating sleep serum hydrates and moisturizes your face and décolletage with hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and red algae. Read himself let us in on a little secret when we last spoke: Apply this daily for seven days before a big vacation to “build” your tanning ability.
Kate Somerville 360 Tanning Towelettes ($48)
We cannot rave about these conveniently packaged towelettes enough. Simply wipe one all over your body after showering, seal it in with your favorite body moisturizer, and get your beauty rest. In the morning, you’ll wake up with the most natural-looking glow and nary a streak or orange tint in sight. Use these once a week to keep your summer tan looking fresh and glow-y all the way until fall.
L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Serum ($9)
A drugstore favorite, this silky serum smells super fresh and easily layers between your everyday serum and your moisturizer. Bonus: The shimmery formula gives your skin a flattering color boost and sinks in instantly.
Million Dollar Tan Sheer Tan Glam ($36)
This hybrid product is, frankly, genius. One side is a lightweight tinted moisturizer that covers imperfections and gives your skin a natural-looking glow, while the other side is an anti-aging cocktail with just a touch of sunless tanner to keep your post-beach tan going strong. You can turn the dial to customize the perfect ratio—so on days you’re looking pasty, feel free to turn the self-tan side way, way up.
What’s your favorite self-tanning product? Sound off below!