After spending the last few months achieving the perfect tan, it seems a shame to know it will be soon fading.The skin naturally renews itself around every 28 days, this means the carefully tanned skin cells on the surface will be shed. Although this is inevitable, there are a few ways you can protect your tan to ensure it sees you through September.

Temporarily swapping out your scrubs and exfoliators for deep cleansing washes will slow down the skin cell renewal. Allowing your tan to last a little longer, it’s also important to remember to pat your skin dry after a shower instead of vigorously rubbing to get dry.

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Alongside the inevitable skin renewal your tan can also be in danger from skin peeling, although not typically a problem if your skin has tanned slowly and with the correct protection, It is still important, however, to keep it hydrated. Particularly on the arms and legs where the skin is drier, you should moisturise throughout the day, primarily after showering and before bed to minimise peeling.

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Aftersun lotions and tan accelerators are great at prolonging your tan as they often contain active ingredients that stimulate the skin’s natural production of melanin, the pigment that gives us a tan.

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