Welcome back Smart Tanners!
So you’ve built your tan but want it to last (because who doesn’t?)… Lucky for you, I have a few helpful tricks for a long lasting bronze that will keep you glowing all year long. Let’s begin!
Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!
We know that a tan is developed as a protection mechanism to maintain healthy skin through the stimulation of the melanocytes in our skin by the sun, duh! But because the melanin colors the top layer of skin, which is shed approximately every two weeks, it’s best to keep a regular exfoliation schedule to ensure all your skin cells are at the very start of their cycle. I exfoliate with a loofa every time I shower and always have a smooth, even tan!
H20, water, aqua!
Your body is 60% water… 40% everything else. Most people don’t even realize they’re dehydrated. Dehydration is the quickest way to lose your tan! Why? Because when your skin cells dry out they will shed much sooner than the average two week life span I mentioned earlier. To ensure cell hydration, we need to be feeding them from the inside and the outside.
This means keeping up your water intake REGULARLY. No, juices don’t cut it, neither do sodas (they dehydrate you even more), and alcohol ESPECIALLY won’t help (for those who don’t realize how dehydrating their Cosmo might be). When you’re out in the sun, your water intake should be boosted by about 50% because you’re losing even more water through sweating.
Hydrating your skin from the inside isn’t enough, you gotta hit it from both the inside AND the outside. When you’re in the sun or during the weeks after you visited that tropical island, it’s recommended to moisturize twice a day. Sure, your daily moisturizer will do the trick, but after-sun creams frequently have additional ingredients that help soothe your skin, such as aloe vera. Others contain tan-enhancing ingredients which will stimulate melanin production to maintain your tan.
You heard me… Turkey! Believe it or not eating certain foods will help to prolong your tan. According to dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad, the ingredient ‘tyrosine’ is the primary raw material that our melanocytes need to produce melanin.
Foods rich in tyrosine include turkey, egg whites, cottage cheese, salmon, soy, almonds, and avocados. Eating these foods frequently will encourage melanin production, and consequently, a tan!
There are many ways to approach a healthy tan, from drinking water, to exfoliating, to eating egg whites and avocados! You obviously don’t have to implement all of this tips into your daily routine, but picking up one or two can certainly make a difference.
Thank you, as always, for reading our blog, Ask Ultimate Sun. Check back next week for more great tips! Tan on friends, tan on. XOXO MJ