Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Keeping skin soft and supple will help limit dryness often associated with sun exposure. Now that we're approaching fall, get ahead of those doldrum dry skin days by loading up on moisturizer now. A firming lotion like Whish Firming Body Cream will not only infuse hydration with a multitude of natural nourishers like centella asiatica, organic green tea, shiitake extract, and shea butter, it also stimulates your circulation, decreases inflammation, and reduces signs of stretch marks for an even tan.
Your skin needs a little extra TLC as you transition from summer into fall, especially for sun worshippers. Exfoliating before tanning is key for an even glow. But if your natural tan is already set in, a gentle sugar scrub like TOCCA Esfoliante da Corpo (Italian for “body exfoliator”) will help slough off dry patches. Even though it may reduce the appearance of your natural tan, it'll help your skin tone look more even in the end.
If you intend on using a self-tanner to start or keep your summer glow going, a hydrating exfoliator is also key for a flawless application. The Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel turns your shower into a spa-like experience with a head-to-toe exfoliation that brings out your skin's radiance in just three minutes. We also love JUARA Invigorating Coffee Scrub to complement your morning shower. The infusion of fresh Indonesian coffee beans and natural java scent will wake you—and your skin—right up.
Note: We recommend you wait 30 minutes post-exfoliating before applying any tanning products.
Self Tan in Moderation
Keeping building on your existing summer tan, or safely create a subtle faux one with Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan. It glides on as easily as a moisturizer and—as its name suggests—in just 10 minutes and a quick rinse-off in the shower, you’re left with a gorgeous streak-free glow. Plus, it hydrates, so it won’t dry out your skin as the temperature drops.
Don't Forget Your Face
When it comes to your face, there’s a simple formula to follow: exfoliation + hydration + bronzer = natural glow. Lucky for you, the first two parts of the equation are taken care of with this powerful duo: Vasanti® BrightenUp!® Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator and its complement, the New Skin Amplifying Moisturizer. Together, they’ll slough off dull skin cells and hydrate the freshly-revealed ones in two easy steps, making your face the perfect canvas for your tan.
Next, work a little makeup magic. Sweep a face bronzer that’s only one shade darker than your skin tone over the parts of your face that naturally hit the sun (for example, your T-zone and cheekbones). Powders are especially great for those who are new to bronzing—the versatile formula is less prone to streaking. You want to try to mimic a natural flush, so instead of orange-based bronzers, opt for a formula with red or brown undertones (shades that exist in a true tan) like the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder. If you’re fair, Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Lite Matte Bronzer has your back with its light, buildable shade and mattifying (read: natural-looking) formula.
To really solidify your sun-kissed look, top it off with a pop of cheery color like Benefit Cosmetics Galifornia Sunny Gold Pink Blush on the apples of your cheeks and a highlighter like M·A·C Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish or rms beauty™ living luminizer on your cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. Voila—you're good to glow.