Kids are back at school, and you’re not cottaging or day-tripping with the same abandon you once did. That means the summer is over. True, fall doesn’t officially begin until September 23, but let’s be real: It’s done.
But that tan you got from being so happy in the sunshine? Why not keep it as a warm memory for as long as you can? Lord knows you’re going to need warmth of some kind once Canada’s icy frost sets in and you are forced to spend most of your days huddled under blankets and sweaters. So, don’t give up on your tan just yet because you can keep it glowing while you transition to fall. Here’s how:
This might sound counterproductive, but if you use a gentle scrub, you can even out the skin, so it doesn’t look flaky while it peels. And if you’re still able to tan (hey, the sun does still come out sometimes), try giving your body a scrub before you hit the sun. Try: Origins’ Modern Friction, $49. Or make your own for next to nothing!
It’s not a skin care treatment, but wearing white (and other lighter hues) and lightening your hair is an easy trick to keep that diminishing tan around for a bit longer.
3. Oil up
You know how celebrities always have weirdly shiny-yet-bronzed legs when they sit down for interviews? Well, that’s the work of a spritz of baby oil. The oil helps your skin illuminate and it highlights your tan with a bit of shine. And it’s only $4.
Water keeps your cells healthy. Just because you’re not sweating through your fourth outfit of the day any more doesn’t mean you can just drink less. The tanned skin cells need water to live. So, drink up. Heck, make your water fancy if you need some motivation.
5. Hydrate some more
You’re working your cells from the inside out drinking water, so now it’s time to work those cells from the outside in. That means moisturizing regularly to maintain healthy-looking skin. Try: Ole Henriksen’s Sheer Transformation, $48.
6. Take a cold shower
Or, at least a cool shower. Hot water dries your skin out, which leads to your skin peeling much faster than you probably want it to.
7. Be aware
Your natural tan won’t be around forever. That’s just not how things work. Using the steps above, you can certainly prolong the look of your tan for a little while. But when it goes, move to a tinted self-tanner to keep up appearances. Try: St. Tropez Self-Tan Spray, $44.