Lets face it we all love getting a suntan. There's nothing better than relaxing on your sunbed drink in hand and feeling the sun on your skin.......And there's nothing worse than stepping off the plane getting home and it disappearing 2 days later! All that hard work for nothing.
So here's a few tips and helpful products to help you Prep, Protect and Prolong to get the most out of your tan and most importantly -how to tan safely.
Start by body brushing to really get your circulation moving and increase blood flow. Always start at your feet and use long sweeping strokes. Brush all over for a few minutes before heading into the shower and always brush towards the heart. TK Maxx always have some lovely body brushes or you can pick them up in Boots too. I have a small rounded one from the Body Shop but I think the long handled ones are the easiest to use.
Everyone loves a good scrub and exfoliation is essential to remove those dead skin cells, refine your skin and leave fresh new ones to soak up the sun. I exfoliate twice a week. I love Caudalie Deep Cleansing Exfoliator. Its gritty but not too harsh and really leaves my skin soft and radiant. Another good alternative is St. Ives Apricot Scrub. Its probably one of the best inexpensive facial scrubs on the market. Its deep cleansing formula has a sandy texture and smells super fresh.
And for the body: I love Emma Hardie Natural Lift and Sculpt Body Treatment Scrub. It contains almond oil and moringa oil to soften and nourish your skin and detoxifying himalayan salt to remove dead skin cells. It has a delicate scent of roses and I always feel like super fresh after using it.
Next - use a good tan eccelerator to prep your skin and create a base for your tan. I've been using James Read Tan Accelerator its amazing. Its slightly tinted to give you a little colour before you go on holiday (no one likes arriving on the beach lily white). And it also formulated to speed up the skins melanin production helping you achieve a tan quicker. I use a couple of weeks prior to my holiday and a week or so after returning too, to top up my tan.
I've also started to use James Read BB Gradual Face tan which I'm LOVING! It leaves a subtle glow and makes my face feel nice and tight too. Sadly this is discontinued but it's worth a look in TK Maxx - or searching James Read for a similar product - He has an amazing range.
SPF is so important. I'd recommend a high factor at the start of your holiday and decrease as you gain more of a colour. Apply at least 30 minutes prior to sunbathing to let it soak into your skin. Then follow with regular top ups every hour. Or more frequently if your in and out of the pool. I'm quite lucky that I tan easily and rarely burn so I start with either SPF 20 or SPF 10 and then decrease down to and SPF 8 or SPF 6. If you don't like to use a high factor then at least apply a higher SPF to your face and a lower SPF to your body. The sun is ridiculously ageing and there's nothing worse than a bright red nose.
There's hundreds of suncare brands out there. I love Hawaiian Tropic Protective Dry Oil and Nivea Sun Moisturising Sun Lotion or if your looking to spend a little more on a high end SPF then I'd recommend Clarins or Vichy Ideal Soleil.
After a hard day laying by the pool or beach don't forget to apply your aftersun lotion. Its essential to protect your skin from sunburn, peeling and the long term effects of UV skin damage. Nothing better than a cooling, moisturising aftersun on sun kissed skin. Keep it in the fridge for an extra cool treat.
My favourite all time after sun is Hawaiian Tropic After Sun. It contains shea butter and avocado oil and keeps your skin hydrated for 12 hours. Its so rich and nourishing and the smell - oh the smell its divine! Like smothering yourself in sweet coconuts! The smell always reminds me of holidays and good times.
And Finally..... after your home and back to work keep applying your aftersun for a couple of weeks to keep your skin hydrated. Its when your skin dries out that your tan starts to fade and peel. A good tan maximiser is a must to prolong your suntan. I've been using James Read and its just wonderful. (As you've probably guessed I'm a fan of James Read!).
Which brings me on to my next blog post: Tan Maximisers an absolute MUST HAVE in keeping your tan. I'll be reviewing my tried and tested products to suit all budgets. Click here to read more.
What are your favourite tips on achieving a good tan? I'd love to hear what products you use in the sun.
Thanks for reading.
Love L x