True or false? Tanning demystified

Tips for keeping a golden tan throughout the summer – and after – abound. Should you believe them? The answer’s right here!

Exfoliation makes the tan fade

False. On the contrary, ridding the skin of dead skin cells is a great way to keep your tan! Therefore, use a gentle, fine-grained scrub regularly during the summer. For best results, apply it on wet skin, once a week for the face and twice a week for the rest of the body. If you prefer, you can use an exfoliating glove to apply your usual skincare products: this method is just as efficient. However, peelings, waxes and depilatory lotions should be avoided:as they remove, in part, the upper layer of the skin, they also reach the pigments at the origin of the tan.

Renaissance Exfoliating Glove, 1 unit, Urban Grey
Daniele Henkel

Renaissance Exfoliating Glove, 1 unit, Urban Grey

This original product is made of vegetal cellulose material (derived from eucalyptus and spruce) whose microscopic woven fibres helps tone and regenerate your skin. Their effectiveness has long been recognized, helping to build the reputation of a product that has often been imitated but never equaled.

Stay hydrated, stay tanned

True. We know the drying effect of the sun: who hasn’t ended up with a layer of dead skin after spending too much time outside? To maintain the intensity of your tan, you must avoid desquamation at all costs! For this reason why we multiply thirst-quenching treatments: use a moisturizing shower gel, we apply a formula based on thermal water on our face, it is coated with a cream or (even better) a moisturizing oil ... and don’t forget to drink lots of water! In addition to stimulating cell renewal, a high intake of water revives natural radiance of the complexion: the key to healthy, golden skin!

Stay hydrated, stay tanned
Aqua-Gelée Ultra Fresh Body Replenisher, 200 ml
Biotherm

Aqua-Gelée Ultra Fresh Body Replenisher, 200 ml
Hydrance Light Hydranting Cream, 40 ml
Avène

Hydrance Light Hydranting Cream, 40 ml

Long-lasting hydration*. Its fine and fresh texture leaves a feeling of ultimate comfort and softness on your skin.

It’s a good idea to swap your night cream for an after-sun cream

True… and false. After-sun and night cream share several functions: rich in nourishing and moisturizing agents, both soften the skin and allow it to regenerate after suffering external aggression. The antioxidants in the after-sun cream also strengthen cell defences against UV rays: apply it every night during the summer to create a shield that preserves the skin... and your tan! As a bonus, since they need to be absorbed quickly, after-sun products often have a light texture: ideal for cooling the skin and allowing it to breathe during hot summer nights. A reminder, though: night creams are specifically formulated to help the skin regenerating itself after the aggressions of the day. Using only an aftersun would deprive you of their rejuvenating effect. The best solution is still to combine the two products.

 

Refreshing After Sun Gel, 150 ml
Clarins

Refreshing After Sun Gel, 150 ml

Refreshing After Sun Gel enriched with antioxydants - Hydration 24h

After Sun Cool Down Gel, 231 ml
Ombrelle

After Sun Cool Down Gel, 231 ml

So-called "tan prolonging" products boost sales more than your complexion

False. These serums, creams and other treatments stimulate the production of melanin - the tanning pigment. Result? By using these products morning and evening, you can extend the duration of your tan by approximately six weeks. A little self-tanner can also give a boost to your complexion.

Self Tanning Milky Lotion, 125 ml
Clarins

Self Tanning Milky Lotion, 125 ml

It's all about being a beach beauty before you hit the sand.

Sublime Bronze Body Bronzer, 150 ml, Medium
L'Oréal Paris

Sublime Bronze Body Bronzer, 150 ml, Medium

A high SPF sunscreen prevents tanning

Absolutely false! No sunscreen provides total protection. An index of 50 or 60 still allows UVB rays to penetrate, which activates melanin. In fact, the higher the SPF, the more evenly the tan develops, without the risk of burning. In addition, protecting the skin properly slows down aging and prevents the appearance of brown spots. Grab your sunscreen!

A high SPF sunscreen prevents tanning
Sun Smart Universal UV Shield SPF 30, 30 ml
Lise Watier

Sun Smart Universal UV Shield SPF 30, 30 ml

Hot water can make a tan fade faster

True. Prolonged baths and hot showers can dehydrate the skin and fade the complexion. Lukewarm water is a better choice. What could be more refreshing after a day in the sun?

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True or false? Tanning demystified

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