By Grace Gargini
Protect your skin from the sun with revolutionary French brand Institut Estherderm, whose line of high-performance sun protection ditches the traditional SPF system for formulas that are targeted by skin type and sun strength. Bronz Repair is ideal for deflecting the damaging effects of UV rays while supporting your cells' natural repair process and encouraging a longer-lasting tan.
If you’ve already caught a bit of sun, a tinted moisturiser is a great way of evening out the skin tone while keeping things natural (and allows any gorgeous freckles to come through). This oil-free formula from NARS hydrates the skin with a light veil of colour that helps reduce dark spots, adds a natural radiance, and the SPF 30 protection means it’s a great option for both holiday and home.
The most useful thing you can do for your tan is to moisturise. Once your skin gets dry, it has the chance to start peeling, so always keep your limbs as hydrated as possible. We love this luxurious whipped formula from Estée Lauder – not only does it sink in quickly and leave the skin feeling silky soft, the cult Bronze Goddess fragrance blends warm amber, vanilla and coconut for the perfect summer scent reminiscent of an exotic Piña colada.
Exfoliating will keep dry, dull skin at bay but just make sure you steer away from formulas containing AHA and BHAs (e.g. glycolic and salicylic acid) that resurface the skin and will cause your tan to fade. Opt for a physical exfoliator, like this indulgent scrub from Decléor – the gel-to-oil formula packed with pearl sugar and argan shell gently sloughs away dead skin for super soft and smooth results.
Enhance your natural tan with a radiance-boosting moisturiser, like Kiehl’s Glow Formula version of their popular Skin Hydrator. This facial moisturiser infused with anti-oxidant pomegranate extract and illuminating minerals leaves skin feeling soft and imparts an instant healthy-looking glow.
As your tan starts to fade, you may want a light top-up; Clarins’ customised booster is the perfect way to achieve this in a very natural way. Depending on the intensity of tan you’d like to achieve, add one, two or three drops to your preferred moisturiser before bed and wake up to a radiant sun-kissed glow by the morning.
One of the best things about having a tan is that you can usually get away with wearing less make-up. We love a simple, paired-back look of concealer where needed, some mascara and a dusting of bronzer and blusher on the cheeks. This palette from By Terry is the ultimate summer complexion palette holding buttery-soft powders that bronze and sculpt, illuminate the high points of the face and a universally-flattering coral blusher.
When your tan is fading fast and you want to top-up your natural colour without looking like you’ve just spent the morning at the tanning booth, a gradual tanner is a great option. La Mer’s Gradual Tan provides a healthy sun-kissed glow thanks to naturally-derived golden seaweed from Brittany, and nutrient-rich botanicals. Apply as often as needed, and be sure to prep the skin first with a thorough exfoliation to ensure a smooth, streak-free application.