Having a tan is one thing but keeping it is another concern that struggles tanning newbies. Tanned skin can be achieved through three ways. This can be through sunbathing, indoor tanning and self tanning. No matter what method you choose, the end result is getting a tan.
Now that you’ve gotten your tan, your next task is to keep it. This is the most difficult step to having a tan. Keeping tanned skin can be a breeze or a nightmare due to some factors. In order to keep a nice tan, here are some skincare routine tips to follow:
– Always keep your skin moisturized. When your skin is well-hydrated, it won’t be dry. Dry skin is a bane to anyone who has tanned skin. If you have dry skin, your tan can easily flake off which is going to ruin your efforts and leave a very unappealing look. Make sure to put on some moisturizers during the day before you head out and just before bed. If your tan was achieved through self tanning, be wary of the skin care products you are using. Avoid the ones that contain retinol as these skin care products will easy burn off your self tan.
– Put on sunscreen even if you have a tan. Tanned skin can still be damaged by the sun and is more tangible than your usual layer of skin. Make sure to put on some sunscreen before heading out!
– Avoid the pool and the beach when you just got your tan. This is very important for those with self-tan since the chlorine can bleach your skin. Saltwater is also very adept in drying skin so you want to avoid that if you’ve just tanned.
– Take in food rich in vitamin C to encourage a healthier and glowing tan. You don’t want your tanned skin to look dull and unhealthy.
When you’re going for some sunbathing, it’s important to bring food too. You don’t want to be lying under the sun with a protesting stomach. While having some barbecue by the beach can be a common option, there are some food that work best for your sunbathing needs.
For your next sunbathing agenda, you might want to pack these foods along:
- Watermelons are great in reinvigorating you when you’re taking a break from sunbathing. They don’t really help with your tan but you can get your hydration back in no time. It’s also a sweet treat, something we look forward to when we’re hoping to get some refreshing after being under the sun for a long amount of time.
- You can also pack some sweet potato snacks if you want to get the most out of your tanning. Sweet potato is high in carotenoids so your skin can easily get the tanned hue that you are looking for. You can also throw this in with some carrots and tomatoes in a salad so you can have a quick and light meal while also nourishing your blooming tan. Make sure to use some kale as this leafy green can help give you glowing skin.
- If you want a fruit salad that can help keep your skin from sunburn or being damaged too much by the sun, use fruits rich in vitamin C. These would be strawberries, oranges, kiwi and even blackberries. Vitamin C helps keep your resistance up while also bolstering your skin’s ability to block off harmful UV radiation. You still need to put sunscreen though!
- If you want to steer away from something sweet but opt for a snack that can soothe your skin and avoid sunburn, cucumbers and oatmeal can do the trick. It would be a good idea not to mix the two though.
Having a good skin care regimen is very important to make sure that your skin retains its tip-top condition. Normally, you’d rely on skin care products that are readily available on the market. If you’re tight on the budget or hoping for more natural means to get better skin, there are some home ingredients that you can use to concoct a face mask.
Soft skin is something we miss out when we get older thus here are some home ingredients you can use to make a softening face mask.
- Milk and oatmeal. Oatmeal is a great way to keep your skin moisturized while milk helps in keeping it in a lighter tone. If you mix both of these ingredients together into a pasty consistency, you can easily apply it to your skin. Careful not to rub it too much or else you’ll end up exfoliating your skin. Due to the high moisturizing factor of oatmeal and milk, this mask can aid in softening your skin.
- Instead of milk, you can also mix oatmeal with some water until it becomes damp. Add in some yogurt, honey and one egg white into the oatmeal. Mix these ingredients thoroughly and apply to your face. Honey is great in sorting out any inflammations while also being antibacterial. Egg white is high in protein thus aiding your skin to remain soft and supple. Apply to your face and let it sit for at least fifteen minutes before rinsing with cool water.
- You can also mix some mashed bananas with a bit of honey and apply to your skin. True, you might think this sounds like a dessert instead of a face mask but bananas can help keep your skin soft by locking in moisture. Leave the banana mask for at least 10 minutes before rinsing off.