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There’s little more depressing than returning from holiday beautifully bronzed, only for your tan to fade in a matter of days. Fortunately, there are some simple tricks and tips you can follow to keep that glow…

Prep Skin Pre-Holiday

“The key to a long-lasting tan is prepping your skin before you hit the beach. The first thing you need to do is give skin a good scrub – this will help remove dead skin cells and will make your skin look healthier.” – Dr Raffaella Gregoris, Founder of BAKEL

Stay Hydrated

Once back, you need to moisturise to keep your colour going. “The number one thing that will maintain your holiday glow is hydration. If your skin stays supple, then your tan will last longer.” – James Harknett, tanning expert & Fake Bake Global Creative Consultant

Exfoliate Gently

Once you have a tan, regular exfoliation is essential. “Choose a very light grain to exfoliate every two to three days to make sure your tan fades evenly. Remember that harsh, salt-based exfoliants will be too rough on the skin, so instead try Clinique’s Sparkle Skin.” – Charlotte Connoley, skincare expert

Avoid Warm Baths

“Avoid having any hot baths when you first return from holiday, as this may cause your skin to fade prematurely. Instead, have warm showers and remember to press your skin dry rather than rubbing it with a towel.” – James Harknett

Use A Gradual Tanner

Keep your glow topped up with some self-tan. New technology means self-tanners are more natural-looking than ever. Clarins’ After Sun Self Tanning, £21, is one of our favourites to use on holiday.

Boost Your Melanin

Boosting your melanin levels (the pigment in your skin) is a sure-fire way to get and maintain a deep tan. Try Institut Esthederm’s Tan Prolonging Body Lotion, £39.50, which stimulates melanin production for golden limbs.

Shop our edit of the best tan-enhancing products...

After Sun Moisturizer Self Tanning, £21 | Clarins

WHY WE RATE IT: This luxe two-in-one after sun works to extend your tan by replenishing skin’s moisture levels while adding a hint of natural colour to boot.

Skin Smoothing Polish, £17.50 | Ameliorate

WHY WE RATE IT: Used on dry skin, this cult exfoliator helps smooth the skin’s surface like never before.

Tan Prolonging Body Lotion £39.50 | Institut Estheder

WHY WE RATE IT: Instead of just treating skin on the surface, this lotion allows for deeper skin recovery and will boost melanin levels to strengthen your tan.

After Sun Moisturiser, £29 | Lancaster

WHY WE RATE IT: Use before, during and after sun exposure to protect delicate skin and boost the intensity of your tan. A true beauty editor favourite that also smells amazing.

Amplify Lotion, £18 | Fake Bake

WHY WE RATE IT: Applied daily, this clever lotion acts as both a skin-perfecting primer that encourages melanin production and a daily gradual tanner.

Tan Accelerating Lotion, £23 | Gatineau

WHY WE RATE IT: This French pharmacy favourite is a shortcut to smoother, more bronzed limbs, no fake tan required.

After-Sun Care Tan Extender, £91 | Sisley

WHY WE RATE IT: With shea butter to soothe and rehydrate skin as well as low levels of self-tan, this results-driven formula never fails to leave limbs looking bronzed and silky.

Terracotta Sun Serum, £43.50 | Guerlain

WHY WE RATE IT: This serum not only maintains but develops your tan by stimulating melanin. For best results, blend a drop or two into your morning moisturiser and apply to both your body and face as required.

Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator, £22 | Clinique

WHY WE RATE IT: A botanical-infused formula to polish skin for a healthy glow.


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