Travel Beauty :: Prolong Your Gorgeous Glow

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We spend so much time and money trying to get that perfect bronzed look---whether it's at the beach, slathering on self-tanner at home or going to the salon to get sprayed by a professional. The most frustrating thing {ever!} is when you start to see it disappear, especially if it's streaky. With these five quick tips, you can literally double the lifespan of your tan---real or faux {both real and fake tans should last approximately the same amount of time}.

1/ Exfoliate Before Sun Exposure Or Applying Self-Tanner Exfoliating preps your skin by reducing dryness and flakiness. This will help you develop a deeper, longer-lasting tan. Use a loofah, sponge or wash cloth to exfoliate.

2/ Moisturize, Moisturize And Moisturize! Although any good moisturizing cream is better than nothing, it's best to use one developed to enhance your tan like St.Tropez Tan Optimiser Body Moisturizer {$15,} which is full of active ingredients that help you get a natural-looking, even tan. After exfoliating, apply moisturizing cream all over your body, and don't forget dry spots like elbows, hands, knees, ankles and feet.

3/ Shower Rules Avoid using a loofah or sponge in the shower which can cause fading, and also avoid soap-based body washes. Instead, opt for an oil-based product like Eucerin Calming Body Wash Daily Shower Oil {$6.50,}. Long hot showers or baths can also cause fading so keep them short and sweet!

4/ Hair Removal Do all of your shaving and waxing before tanning.

5/ Sunscreen Not only is sunscreen 100% necessary {we recommend nothing less than an SPF 30 at all times!} to help avoid burning, it also can help your tan last longer. A waterproof sunscreen applied over a fake tan will help prevent fading when outside or at the beach. Always, ALWAYS apply sunscreen whenever you're out in the sun---it's the world best anti-aging cream!

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