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