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How to hold on to your suntan

Dec 12, 2019 by William Lewis.

Back from holiday and looking bronzed? Here’s how to make sure it lasts until jeans weather.

I’ve just got back from holiday (boo, hiss) and, for one of the very first times in my life, I have a tan. A proper tan. Not a half-hearted, blink-and-you-miss-it demi-tan – a tan-tan. The kind that makes you only want to wear white and possibly even a fluoro. (And, yes, I know that tanning is ageing and that we shouldn’t really do it, but look – I didn’t want to sit under an umbrella all week and I always wore SPF 50. So, there we go.)

Anyway, I have a tan. And now that I have it, I’d quite like to hang on to it for a bit. At least until jeans season. I imagine, as holiday season draws to a close, that many of us are in the same boat. So, how do we do it?

Of course, the number-one rule is moisturise. If there’s one thing that’s going to make a tan last longer, it’s slapping on moisturiser like there’s no tomorrow.Aftersun on your hols is a great idea (try Hawaiian Tropic), but when you get home, slather up before bed. If you’re lazy, like me, then try Sanctuary Spa’s in-shower moisturising cream, or grab a bottle of Aveeno Daily Moisturising lotion.  then Nivea’s 4-in-1 Firming Body Oil is a favourite among beauty editors.

To top up the colour, you’ll need something with a dash of fake tan. Moisturisers containing gradual tanners are what you need to look for and, in my opinion, one of the best is Garnier Summer Body. Currently half price at Boots, it comes in light sun-kissed or deep sun-kissed and smells faintly of apricots. Rub it in as evenly as possible (wash your hands afterwards; it will stain), give it 10 minutes, then get dressed/hop into bed, depending on the time of day you apply. It sinks in quickly, but you do need to give it a bit of time otherwise you risk staining your clothes.

Garnier Summer Body Gradual Tan Moisturiser, £2.74

The texture is light, so if you prefer a richer moisture hit, then try Palmer’s Cocoa Butter gradual tanning moisturiser. Creamy and with a delicious coconut scent, it offers a naturalish, non-yellow tan boost. Plus, it’s under a fiver.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser, £4.27

Alternatively, if you heeded my recommendation and bought a bottle of Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Drops back in April, then add a couple of drops into the aforementioned Aveeno moisturising lotion and slather on.

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops, £19.95

Et voilà – long-lasting holiday glow.