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4 ways to prolong your tan this summer

4 ways to prolong your tan this summer
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Coming back from a holiday in the sun is never fun. Getting back into your normal routine and back to typically less than appealing weather is difficult enough without having to worry about your holiday glow fading all too quickly, which is why we are giving you are best tips to prolong your tan.

Returning home sunkissed and glowing is a holiday essential, so upkeeping and maintaining your tan to help it last as long as possible is top of many of our priority lists upon our return.

To help you look golden and glorious for longer, we've gathered together our top tips for maintaining your summer tan and staying bronzed for as long as possible.

Forget what you know about after sun

Prolonging your tan begins whilst you're still in the sun. Many of us associate after sun with burnt, tight skin in need of soothing and relief but really every skin type could benefit from using a hydrating aftersun lotion after a day in the sun.

Rich and hydrating, after sun not only cools the skin but also deeply hydrates it which is key when you're hoping to prolong your tan and stay glowing long after you return home. Each day, after spending time in the sun, slather after sun on your face and body to replenish moisture your skin may have lost throughout the day and restore and strengthen the natural protective barrier of your skin.

The NUXE Sun Refreshing After-Sun Lotion combines a rich, ultra-hydrating formula with a gorgeous summery scent, making it the perfect product to apply whilst you're still on your holidays. Apply each and every night before you go to bed for skin that is smooth, supple and sunkissed.

  • NUXE Sun Refreshing After-Sun Lotion (200ml) - Exclusive

    NUXE Sun Refreshing After-Sun Lotion (200ml) - Exclusive

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Don't over-exfoliate

Whilst exfoliate your skin is essential to keeping your skin looking and feeling smooth, harsh exfoliating products can disrupt your tan, taking away the colour you've worked on your whole holiday.

The key is to continue exfoliating your skin as you would normally but swap your usual exfoliating scrub for a more gentle, fine polish. The St. Tropez Tan Optimizer Body Polish works to lift away dead skin cells and smooth the appearance of your skin without being overly harsh or removing any colour. Your skin will be left ultra-soft and your tan perfectly even.

  • St.Tropez Tan Body Polish and Exfoliator 200ml

    St.Tropez Tan Body Polish and Exfoliator 200ml

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Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

Hydration is absolutely essential to prolonging your tan and keeping it looking as gorgeous as when you first stepped off the plane. Replenishing the moisture in your skin each and every day will ensure your skin stay smooth and your colour lasts so much longer.

Rich, hydrating body creams are your best friend when attempting to prolong your tan. The ESPA Deeply Nourishing Body Cream is enriched with Olive and Avocado Butters to intensely hydrate your skin, leaving it looking and feeling wonderfully soft. Applied each night, the Nourishing Body Cream will leave your skin in its best possible condition, helping to prolong your tan for skin that looks radiant.

  • ESPA Deeply Nourishing Body Cream 180ml

    ESPA Deeply Nourishing Body Cream 180ml

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Top up your tan

Adding extra glow on top of your natural tan is the perfect way to prolong your glow. Illuminators, gradual tanners and traditional fake tans apply beautifully over the top of a natural bronze and can give your skin a beautiful boost as your tan fades.

For a little extra glow, apply the James Read H2O Illuminating Tan Mist on to your skin each day. The lightweight mist contains gradual tan that will top up your glow each time you apply and finely milled golden light reflecting particles to illuminate your natural glow.

  • James Read H2O Illuminating Tan Mist 200ml

    James Read H2O Illuminating Tan Mist 200ml

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