Love your skin in summer? Here’s how to keep your summer tan glowing well into fall
By Arwa Lodhi
Most of us have (sadly) just returned to city life from holidays spent by the beach or in the countryside. Although we may have started the autumn with a light glowing tan and fresher skin from being outdoors all summer, keeping that look fresh isn’t easy – you need to make an effort!
To keep your tan looking good into fall, you’ll first need to do three things: moisturize, moisturize and moisturize! Just kidding. It’s a bit more complicated than that. There are a few steps you’ll need to take:
- use a fake bronzer of some kind
My personal summer tan maintenance routine is this: I coat myself in body oil before a shower, and then use exfoliating gloves to work off dead skin.
Afterwards, I pat myself dry and apply an organic fake tanning product once a week. I swear, when I do this, my summer tan can be stretched out until the end of October. Of course, that’s not the only way – you can read about other ways to keep your summer glow going here.
Ready to follow a tan maintenance program of your own? Here’s all you need to keep your summer tan glowing into fall.
How to Keep Your Summer Tan Glowing Into Fall
As I mentioned, it works for me to get oiled up before a shower. It deeply penetrates the skin, hydrating and nourishing it. I’ve tried lots of oils in my time, but Skin Owl is definitely one of the best, especially for flaky, thirsty skin. Its pure plant oils were chosen specifically for their ability to replenish and rejuvenate the skin – this is the perfect post-shower smoother to enhance your skin’s natural radiance and maintain some healthy colour.
Use it: Before your shower Price: $59
Once you’re in the shower, either use a scrub mitt or an exfoliator to rid your body of dead cells. This organic scrub is designed to slough off summer damaged skin on the face, neck and decolletage to reveal a fresher complexion underneath. Chamomile, Aloe Vera and Wheat Protein are but a few of the natural ingredients here to help lighten and brighten your skin.
Use it: In the shower Price: $39
Rabot 1745 is a luxury cocoa grower and chocolatier that has recently created a range of natural beauty products inspired by Hotel Chocolat’s Saint Lucian cacao plantation, the Rabot Estate. The result is a line of decadently rich body lotions, creams and balms that are based on cacao, coffee, and other good-enough-to-eat ingredients that not only hydrate and protect the skin, but smell delicious, too! Their Cacao & Almond Body Butter is perfect for slathering on all over after a shower.
Use it: After showering, or if you’ve applied a fake tanner, a few hours after that. Price: Around $20
Keep that tan alive by using this great product that combines a cream and a self-tanner in one. It’s designed to recreate a beautiful, light tan all year round. Rich in prebiotics, antioxidants and Omega fatty acids to protect, balance and nourish, it gradually builds up a light colour when used daily. Natural scents of Mandarin, Orange and Ho Wood and no ‘fake tan’ smell. Suitable for all skin types, even sensitive and acne prone skin.
Use it: Instead of fake tanner Price: Around $20
If you look great with a tan, it’s logical you’ll want to extend that look as long as you can. Of course, going to tanning beds is basically begging for wrinkles, so get your glow on naturally with a pure fake tanning product, instead. In my own routine, this is step 3, after the oil and exfoliator, as mentioned above.
If you’re worried about nasty smells or unusual skin colours, rest assured that Eco Tan is one of the best and most established all-natural ways to fake it. They have a comprehensive range of products, most of which are based on coconut oil, and all of which give you a bronzed glow without even a hint of Oompah-Loompah orange!
Use it: After showering but before moisturizing Price: $35.99
Dazzling’ is the “perfect combination of bronzer and contour cream in one,” says Kirsten Kjaer Weis. This radiant, creamy shade can be used to define cheekbones, warm up light complexions or highlight darker skin tones. Developed in Italy, its certified organic formula switches out the synthetic silicones typically used to emulsify cosmetics with natural oils and waxes – the result feels so weightless and nourishing on your skin.
Be sure to use a vegan friendly brush, like one of these by Hynt beauty, below, to apply.
Use it: On your face before going out Price: $56
First two images: Kjaer Weis