5 tips to prolong your tan

After the holidays, do you dream of retaining all the benefits of summer, including the beautiful golden complexion you've gained from lazing in the sun? L'Occitane reveals the right beauty routine to ensure that you glow into autumn.
By Mélissa Darré

Tip 1: moisturise

After those long tanning sessions, you'll now be sporting a lovely honey or caramel tan. To ensure it doesn't disappear at the end of the holidays, deep hydration is essential. Nourishing your skin allows it to regenerate and keeps it soft, preventing it from peeling. Apply Aromachologie Relaxing Body Cream every morning and evening to wrap your skin in a veil of softness, combining the sensory texture of sweet almond with the soothing scent of essential oils.

Tip 2: stock up on vitamin D

Want to keep your fresh holiday complexion? Nothing could be simpler: take advantage of any rays of sunshine during your freetime. Sitting out on a café terrace, lunch in the park or doing sport outdoors are all good opportunities for a booster -just ensure your skin is well protected. During and after your break in the sunshine, remember to give your skin a touch of freshness using Shea Comforting Mist. Enriched with generous Shea butter from Burkina Faso, this gentle formula soothes skin at any time of day.

Tip 3: eliminate dead cells

Contrary to popular belief, exfoliating your skin is essential to keep your summer colour for longer. Far from erasing your tan, a good exfoliation helps rid the skin of surface impurities, revealing and evening out your colour. Gently cleanse your skin once or twice a week by massaging your face with Peony 2 in 1 Perfecting Scrub and your body with Almond Delicious Paste. Rinse with running water to bring out the full glow of your silky smooth skin.

Tip 4: boost your nutrition

Drinking lots of water and eating skin-friendly foods are great ways to prepare your skin for tanning before you go on holiday and will also help you maintain your tan afterwards. After lolling at the water's edge all summer, you can continue to stimulate your skin's production of melanin, the pigment that gives it its tanned colour, with a dietary regime of fruit and vegetables rich in beta -carotene. Apricots, carrots, melons, lettuce and spinach will all help to reviveyour tan with minimum hassle.

Tip 5: enhance your tan

A satiny oil, velvety milk or tinted cream - it's up to you to bring your beautiful skin colour to the fore using a specially formulated skincare product. Combining essences of Shea, baobab and date palm, Fabulous Oil quickly penetrates the skin without leaving it feeling greasy. A little spritz will leave you glowing! It will nourish your skin leaving it feeling comfortable, supple, radiant and perfumed with a delicate, exotic fragrance.

5 tips to prolong your tan
5 tips to prolong your tan
L'Occitane reveals the right beauty routine to ensure that you glow into autumn
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