It goes without saying that tanning comes with extremely unhealthy long-term side effects. Besides resulting in premature wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, overexposure to the sun can also lead to various forms of skin cancer. However, if the idea of foregoing the beach is enough to turn you pale with fear, don’t panic. There are steps you can take to protect your glow, and thus limit the time you spend exposing yourself to harmful rays. Read on to discover how to prolong your tan this summer.
1. EAT BETA-CAROTENES
Beta-carotene is the carotenoid compound responsible for giving certain fruits and vegetables their orange tint. Foods rich in beta-carotene (think oranges, carrots, and mangos) have been proven to provide an inside-out tan. You can also reach for beta-carotene supplements to achieve lit-from-within skin.
2. EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN
For a fade-proof tan that will last until fall, ensure that you scrub your body vigorously before heading to the beach. When you get a tan, the sun stimulates the production of melanin in the top layer of your dermis (which sheds approximately every two weeks). By exfoliating beforehand, you ensure a fresh new layer of skin cells will get the glow. Make sure to avoid excessive exfoliation once you’ve achieved your goal color.
Try the Lush Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub (US $22; AED/SAR 81).
3. STAY HYDRATED
Prevent your skin from drying and peeling by moisturizing regularly. Replace your shower gel with a hydrating shower cream, drink lots of water, and slather your limbs with body oil.
Try the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Washing Cream (US $22; AED/SAR 81) or the Nuxe Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse® (US $45; AED/SAR 165).
4. AVOID WAXING
Hair removal creams and wax strips remove the top layer of skin, which in turn removes your tan. Reach for a razor to remove hair without compromising your glow.
5. USE A SELF-TANNER
Opt for a gradual self-tanner that will blend seamlessly with your natural glow to enhance your sun-kissed skin.
Try the Clarins Self-Tanning Milky Lotion (US $38; AED/SAR 140).