Now and over the next six weeks, there’ll be a special breed of human returning to the UK after lapping up the sun in a far-flung, exotic destination: The Tanned Man/Woman. These folks walk among us, looking healthy, attractive, and as if they have a tale or two to tell. You might be one yourself. If you are, you’ll want to hold on to this state of being for as long as possible. Below, we offer five tips that’ll help you keep your tan for as long as possible.
Know How To Tan
A longer lasting, more even tan begins with knowing how to get that healthy glow in the first place. We know, it can be tempting to lie in the sun for as long as possible, waiting for the sun to do its thing. But this is a mistake. The best method is tan slowly. You’ll need to wear plenty of sun lotion and avoid spending too long in the sun at any one time. Start small; say, 20 minutes or so of sun exposure, and then gradually increase it as the holiday moves along.
Keeping Skin Healthy
Any degree of tan is a form of skin damage, but it’s not one that’ll cause you any long term effects if you’ve tanned properly. However, you’ll still need to correct the ‘damage’ that you’ve done to your skin, and this means making sure you have plenty of remedies in your cupboards. Throw on enough skin care products to keep your skin from drying out, and make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, too. It’s an essential part of keeping your skin sufficiently moisturized.
Trick of the Eye
You might want to buy some new clothes when you’re back in the UK. Remember, a tan is all relative. When you were in the Mediterranean (or wherever you hopped to), you’ll have looked positively pasty next to the locals. Back in England, you’ll look tanned. You can accentuate this look by wearing colours that bring out your brown look, specifically white. Even when your tan fades slightly, there’ll still be signs of that tan.
You’ve Made It, Now Fake It
Your tan doesn’t have to be entirely natural. You might have picked up your tan from tanning yourself on the beaches of Europe, but you’ll have few opportunities to keep your tan topped up when you’re back in grey old Blighty. Pick up a bottle of fake tan and gradually blend it in as your tan begins to fade. People will already be used to seeing you with a tan, so it’ll all look natural – whether you decide to tell them the truth is entirely up to you.
Back on the Plane
Not that you needed another excuse to head back to the sunshine, but…tans do work best when they’re spread out over a longer period. If you had the option, it would be better to have two single week holidays two months apart, rather than having a two-week trip all in one go.