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Endless Summer: How To Extend Your Tan

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Although we don’t advocate sun exposure (duh), a bit of bronze is inevitable over the summer months. Whether you achieved your glow via paddle boarding, sipping on rooftop wine spritzers (didn’t you hear that they’re a thing again?), or literal sun salutations in the sand, chances are you want to hang on to your summer glow as long as possible. Labor Day may be quickly approaching, but here are the best ways to extend your tan and keep your body all bronzy well into fall.


Sunned skin is always vibrant looking, so exfoliating is key for maintenance. Tata Harper Smoothing Body Scrub ($68) keeps arms and gams smooth yet hydrated. For your visage, REN Glow and Go! ($22) pairs their Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask to remove dead skin with the cult classic Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial for a brightening flash of vitamin C. A power duo if we’ve ever seen one, like Brad and Angelina!


If you’re having serious separation anxiety from your tan, consider a gradual self-tanning moisturizer for a light boost.  James Read BB Gradual Face Tan ($25) comes with a convenient brush to make application a breeze. If you want to avoid tights as long as possible come fall, a generous application of Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion ($30) on your legs will keep pastiness at bay.


You know how your skin literally glows after a day at the beach? Rely on shimmery (never sparkly!) products to fake that year-round. Wander Beauty On-the-Glow Blush & Illuminator Duo Stick ($35) has a creamy blush on one end and a versatile highlighter on the other. Swipe it across cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, and on your brow bone for that lit-from-within look. For your body, Becca Luminous Body Perfecting Mousse ($34) adds bronze and radiance while simultaneously covering imperfections.


Even the smallest amount of sun exposure can do some major skin damage (did you wear your hat?!). While a great deal of this cannot be reversed, there are some things you can do to repair.

Malin+Goetz Vitamin b5 Body Moisturizer ($40) will restore moisture to even the scaliest of sun damaged skin without leaving behind that dreaded sticky film. On your face, try Phace Bioactive Illuminating Serum ($92). It may be on the pricier side, but its impressive ability to correct dark spots and sun damage with pH optimized vitamin C makes it worth every penny.

-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com

WEEKLY MUST-HAVE: Per-fekt Body Perfection Gel

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Sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day. The beach beckons your name but, sadly, you have to work overtime for that Monday morning presentation. Or, perhaps, you’re that rare type of girl that loathes laying out and catching rays.

When tragedies like the above strike, it’s nice to know there’s an alternative that doesn’t consist of streaky self-tanners, tanning beds or spray tans. There’s Per-fekt Body Perfection Gel for those days – and nights – when your body yearns for the instant glow of a tan but time (and the sun) has escaped you.

Per-fekt Body Perfection Gel is a gel-like lotion that evens out skin tone while creating the perfect bronzed color. The formula comes in Brilliant, a sun-kissed beige, Golden, a warm tan, Exotic, a rich chocolate, and, most recently, tan, a natural tan. The sheer matte gel reminds me of another favorite, Scott Barnes Body Bling, except that Bling contains an overload of shimmer and has a tendency to get on your threads (although it does leave your gams looking gorgeous). Per-fekt is matte so it doesn’t have the shimmer quality and it dries/ absorbs into the skin much faster so you don’t need to worry about leaving marks on your clothing.

Both are great. I still love me some Bling for that special night out but for everyday use, Per-fekt is less of a mess and hassle and still achieves the overall desired effect of a sun kissed bronze hue. And, of course, my favorite part, it’s only a one night commitment — washes off with soap and water!

No excuses for pale skin – go get your tan on asap.

PRICE TAG: $48.00

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