Gone are the days that we lie out in the sun for hours on end, slathering on tanning oil with abandon, worshiping the sun's rays until it sets. No, we've learned to love the sun from a distance while keeping SPF close by. Premature aging, sunspots, or worse, skin cancer aren't on our agendas, so we take extra precautions when we know we'll be outdoors.
Though we will say, if we've (safely) developed a bit of a bronzy glow in the summer months, we want to make it last as long as physically possible. Whether that involves adding a few more products to our arsenals or evening enlisting the help of sunless tanners, we're on board. Take a look below at how to make your own tan last longer so it doesn't fade away with the season.
This is a preliminary step, so keep this in mind before heading off to the beach this Labor Day weekend. Exfoliating helps buff away dead skin cells so you're less likely to peel. It also provides a nice, smooth canvas for the tan to adhere to. However, don't scrub your skin after your tan, as this will rub it off quicker.
Tans only exist on the surface of your skin, so it's extremely important to moisturize as much as possible or else your bronzy glow will shed (especially since tans are essentially dead skin). This new moisturizer from Jurlique is rich, creamy, and has helped extend this editor's glow for weeks.
Did you know that there are lotions that actually boost melanin production? Ingredients like nositol (an extract derived from the Carob tree), tyrosine (an amino acid found naturally in the body), and psoralen (derived from bergamot oil) all stimulate melanin, a pigment within the skin that darkens when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Just be sure to use in tandem with SPF.
Call it cheating, but applying a bit of self-tanner after your skin is already tan will help the color extend longer, especially if you notice it's fading fast despite your best efforts to moisturize. This lotion from St. Tropez can be applied right in the shower then rinsed off to make the process much easier.
For more bronzy tips, check out our guide to the best sunless tanners for your skin tone.