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, a dry brush or Konjac sponge can be just as effective.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.

Exfoliating Bath Glove
Éclat Bain S·P·A

Exfoliating Bath Glove

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!

Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer, 200 ml
Jergens

Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer, 200 ml
Posthelios Hydra Gel After-Sun, 200 ml
La Roche-Posay

Posthelios Hydra Gel After-Sun, 200 ml

Cooling after-sun protection. Cooling after-sun gel that instantly soothes sun-exposed and dry skin, continues to protect your skin after sun exposure and offers 48 hours of hydration.

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

True. 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.

Photoderm After Sun, 200 ml
Bioderma

Photoderm After Sun, 200 ml

Photoderm After-Sun is the soothing, moisturising tan-prolonging skin care suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive: dehydrated, overheated skin or sunburned skin.

Oligo-Thermal Face Cream
Biotherm

Oligo-Thermal Face Cream

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!

Complete Sunscreen Lotion, 120 ml, SPF 45
Ombrelle

Complete Sunscreen Lotion, 120 ml, SPF 45
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?

To stay tanned, you must eat well

True. Not only is a healthy diet good for the complexion, but the consumption of products rich in beta carotene can intensify the tan. An excellent reason to fill up on carrots, mangoes and sweet potatoes!

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True or false? Tanning demystified

To keep your fabulous tan even after your vacation is over, you just need to care for your skin and opt for after-sun products. Here are some easy steps to follow.
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