Tanning is a defense reaction to solar aggression which has not exceeded a certain threshold. Coming back with beautiful golden skin is often one of the goals of the holidays, so it’s a shame not to know how to keep it at the start of the school year. So, how do you go about prolonging your tan? There are small daily actions to make it last as long as possible, with the motto: take care of your skin.
How to keep your tan after the holidays?
Thus, the priority is to limit the natural desquamation process, namely the loss of the superficial layer of the epidermis which contains the tanned cells. “The skin renews itself and its superficial layers are gradually eliminated by this phenomenon.”, Indicates the subject the Dermatonet site (source 1). To do this, the skin should be deeply hydrated help a shower gel, moisturizer or body oil, morning and evening for the face and after the shower for the body.
It is also possible to continue to use an after-sun treatment who served during the holidays. “This helps strengthen the adhesion of the superficial skin cells,” adds the website. A welcome gesture after the damage caused by sand, chlorine, and salt.
But be careful “to choose different products for the body and the face!”, Insists Dr. Isabelle Catoni, dermatologist.
Another tip for avoid “crocodile skin”, hydration of the skin also involves the need to drink water as often as possible.
Extend your tan after summer: scrub!
If it is necessary to avoid desquamation, it is nevertheless essential to se get rid of dead skinso that the tan is even more intense. The scrub is then the recommended product because, contrary to popular belief, exfoliate the skin does not erase the tan since it eliminates the small impurities that dull the complexion. Do not hesitate to seek advice on obtaining the ideal scrub: it must be gentle so as not to irritate the skin.
With this type of product, Dr Isabelle Catoni recommends “one use per week“. To banish, on the other hand, the horsehair glove: very abrasive,” it will accelerate the elimination of superficial skin cells “, adds Dermatonet. Be careful however with regard to hair removal, a delicate step for the skin. Leave the razors aside for a few weeks, in favor of electric epilators which are more preserved skin cells.
If you make scrubs to prolong your tan, however, be careful: it is better to do them after the period of exposure to the sun, because duringthe exposure period, it is better to limit them.
That is why it is also advisable to do not rub too vigorously when you get out of the shower. In addition, when returning from vacation, we are always tempted to continue to expose ourselves to the sun’s rays by all means. Of course, this allows you to reactivate your melanin, but Dr. Isabelle Catoni strongly advises against this habit.
“Better to use self-tanner than to overuse the tan because it causes significant damage and, to a lesser extent, withered skin in the years that follow.”
On the other hand, using UV rays to prolong your tan is not a good idea, think first of natural techniques such as treatments, scrubs, or foods rich in beta-carotene!
How to keep your tan naturally?
Indeed, who said that it was not possible to “cheat” a little? If the self-tanner is not finished, why not continue to apply it every two to three days? But for a natural and even tan, nothing better than ” tan extension creams provided that it is progressive “, underlines the dermatologist. The latter also recommends special sun dietary supplements.
“We must take vitamin C and alpha-carotene capsules in the morning for a fortnight but the best is to start this cure before going on vacation. “, she says. Finally, it is known that tanning is maintained through food: certain foods help to stimulate, but also to improve it. foods rich in beta-carotene : carrots, tomatoes, apricots, melons, mangoes …
It is a precursor of vitamin A (beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A by the liver), which is involved in many body functions such as tissue renewal or the immune system. “You can take it every day for a month and a half but in small amounts,” says Dr. Catoni. These fruits and vegetables are not only allies for preserving her beautiful holiday complexion, but they also allow you to fill up with energy thanks to the other vitamins they contain.
Sun: how to take care of your skin after exposure to the beach?
Stay hydrated is THE gesture to remember after a day of exposure to the beach! But first, you have to think about remove makeup in the evening, even if we didn’t wear makeup. Why? Quite simply because during the day, we multiply the layers of sunscreen on the skin. You can use water with a dermatological bar or a cleaning foam. If you prefer a makeup remover or micellar water, don’t forget to finish with a thermal water spray or floral water.
Then, you have to moisturize your skin every night after the beach. If the epidermis has been heated by the sun, you can opt for an after-sun treatment. The latter consists of moisturizing active ingredients but also anti-inflammatory components that soothe the skin. If the latter is simply dry and without redness, the goal is to nourish it. Right after the shower, you can apply a care oil on the still-wet skin.