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We admit it, we can’t wait to wear chunky sweaters, leather pants, boots, and moto jackets. Honestly our fall fashion list goes on and on. While we’re checking the weather to be ready for piling on layers of clothes, we still don’t want our tans to go to waste. Just because we wear sweaters doesn’t mean we don’t show any skin during the colder months. Besides, tans just make us feel good, and we went to a lot of work to get them this summer. Follow our tips below to prolong your summer tan for flawless skin all winter long.

  • Drink up! When your skin is dehydrated it will dry out and shed faster than normal. To keep your tan skin longer, drink plenty of water daily to keep it hydrated. Drink even more water if you exercise or spend a lot of time in the sun.
  • It is equally important to moisturize your skin. Apply lotion not once but twice daily to really keep that tan in place.
  • Skip waxing altogether. Waxing strips your tan by removing the top layer of your skin. Exfoliators have the same affect.
  • Eat more turkey, egg whites, cottage cheese, salmon, soy, almonds, and avocados to prolong your tan. These foods contain tyrosine, which increases melanin.
  • Swap your shower gel for shower oil. Shower oil cleanses your skin just as much as soap, but it moisturizes instead of being rough on your skin.
  • While you’re in the shower, turn the hot water down. Steaming hot showers feel spectacular, but they zap the moisture out of your skin causing your tan to quickly fade. Get used to lukewarm showers if you want tan skin, shiny hair, and smooth skin.
  • Don’t shy away from gradual tanners. Applying a gradual tanning lotion like Jergens Natural Glow will rebuild your tan when you can’t be in the sun.
  • Body bronzer is actually a real thing. You can also use a big bronzing brush and your face bronzer to lightly brush on a tan glow. It may rub off by the end of the day, but every little bit helps!

Kate Wilke is a 200-RYT yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She teaches and works with clients in Nashville, TN. She believes in self-care in the form of colorful, healthy cooking, daily walks with her dog, and a glass of red wine. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate