Top Tan Maintaining Tips As Told By A Supermodel

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Former supermodel Charlotte Connoley, has over the course of the last eight years become a leading authority on skin and body care which has seen her work extensively with prestigious clients and on campaigns for the likes of Gucci, Tom Ford, Issa, Julien Macdonald, Roland Mouret, and Henry Holland. A leading member of the Joss Beauty team , Charlotte has an enviable clientele which includes Millie Mackintosh, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Cheryl. When not on-set, backstage or in the salon Charlotte can be found in her vegetable garden or walking the beach with her husband and two daughters. We have her exclusive top tips on how to prolong your tan post summer holidays.

Summer is drawing to a close but that doesn’t mean we are ready to let go of our sunkissed glow…well, not just yet. Top tanning expert and all round beauty guru, Charlotte has some tips and tricks to prolong the life of your tan to take you into Autumn.

A tan, fake or real, is only ever on the top layer of your skin which sheds every two or three weeks. Hopefully, you will have exfoliated well before hitting the beach and this will make sure your skin was at its newest, thus making your tan last the full skin cell cycle. Aveda's Beautifying Radiance Polish is a lovely exfoliator with a gentle yet effective formula which has a divine, uplifting fragrance of Rosemary, Lavender and Bergamot – the salt crystals in this scrub makes it an ideal for pre-tanning.

Lots of clients complain that their tan starts to disappear on the flight home – which can be due to the dehydrating environment of the plane. Keeping your tan looking fresh means keeping skin fully nourished and repaired so moisturise regularly throughout the flight and pass on the free bar and plump for plenty of water instead. Look for products rich in essential oils to restore optimum skin condition and Vitamin E is always good for giving very thirsty skin an instant boost. He-Shi Sublime Dry Oil will help promote skin radiance and the Vitamin E range from Superdrug is cheap and cheerful and ideal for keeping skin hydrated on the journey.

Once you arrive home your tan’s days are numbered so these are the “golden rules” of tan maintenance. No waxing, no swimming, short warm not hot showers, no aggressive salt scrubs as all of these things will break up your tan. Try Dermal Laboratories Doublebase Emollient Shower Gel instead of a traditional shower gel as it can soften, moisturise and protect your skin by trapping moisture in the skin and restoring the normal protective function of the skin. Pat skin dry gently after showering and while skin is slightly damp use a rich body cream to lock in moisture or try a product that also has tan-enhancing ingredients such as Lancaster Tan Maximising After Sun which intensifies melanin production (the pigment that makes you darker) even after sun exposure. Or if you really want to intensify your colour, use a gradual tanner as this will give you an extra few days glow Clarins After Sun with Self Tanning Lotion is a good one.

A flattering bronzing cream can even out the skin while the tan starts to fade - try to use one low on shimmer for a more natural looking sunkissed glow, the Becca Bronzing Skin Perfector is fabulous, light and sheer it visibly smooths and perfects the skin.

I also like to use a matte bronzer like the Stila All Day Bronzer to help recreate that “just back from the beach” look. The trick is to apply it where the sun naturally hits – the forehead, temples, nose, cheekbones, shoulders, décolletage and even down the front of the shins – for a beautiful warm, matte glow.

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