The best souvenir from the summer season is a warm, golden tan. Here, we break down everything you need to do to ensure that your summer tan lasts throughout the impending seasonal change.
Whether you’ve spent your holidays abroad or lounging in the park, a tan is our favourite souvenir from a happy, rested summer. When the season cools down into autumn, the only thing that we want remaining is our golden glow. However, it can become difficult to hold onto the remnants of our summer when there’s frankly less sun around to [bronze in]( To help you prolong your bronzed glow, we’ve rounded up a few simple steps that you can incorporate into your daily routine, in order to ensure your tan lasts through autumn. Taking a cool shower is one of the best things you can do to lock in your tan. Refreshing, revitalising and one of the best sensations on a heated day, cold water conditions the skin. Hot water can dehydrate it, therefore making the skin likely to peel. Always remember that despite the desire to reach a deep tan, protecting your skin from the sun [with SPF]( should be the priority.

If there’s one thing you must do in order to maintain a tan, it’s moisturise your skin. Giving yourself and your skin hydration and replenishment is key because it prevents the skin from peeling. Perfect for the hot weather, Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Light-weight Body Lotion is a lighter iteration of the brand’s classic moisturiser and has SPF30. Apply it all over the body for smooth, soft skin, free of oily or greasy residue.

Kiehl's Creme de Corps Light-weight Body Lotion 250ml, £28


Although at first it may seem like a puzzling thought, exfoliating your skin actually helps to prolong a tan because it sheds dead skin cells off the body’s surface, which actually dulls down a glow. However, the key is to do it gently. You can use a dry body brush or a body scrub like Clinique’s Sparkle Skin Exfoliator. Its gel-like texture makes it cool and refreshing to massage over wet skin. Just remember to rinse it off.

Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliator 200ml, £23


To help emphasise or add a bit more depth to your glow, look for a gradual self-tanner that will help to enhance your natural radiance. Applying self-tanner to tanned skin is a foolproof method of reaching a deeper colour as the chances of a streaky application are minimal. Renowned for bronzing lotions, Institut Esthederm’s Bronz Impluse Face and Body Tan Booster is a lightweight, protective formula that can be applied either before tanning, or to strengthen your tan. Simply mist it over your face and body for a beautiful, golden glow - it’s a holiday in a bottle.

Institut Esthederm Bronz Impulse Face and Body Tan Booster 150ml, £43


To add a subtle bit of warmth to the face, reach for a bronzer like Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze & Glow. Universally flattering on all skin tones, it has a bronzing and highlighting shade, making it the perfect way to enhance a sun-kissed look throughout the seasons. The trick is to apply it to areas of the face that the sun would naturally hit, so focus on the forehead, temples, nose and cheekbones.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, £49

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