My Summer Tanning Routine: Tips and Products

I'm quite maniacal when it comes to my tanning habits. To me, summer is just a synonym of suntan, partly because I'm a sea lover like no others (pretty sure in another life I was born a mermaid or a fish), but mostly because I can't stand that pale skin tone on me for 6 months a year. So, as soon as the weather gets slightly warmer, which usually happens around end of May/beginning of June in my country, you'll see myself laying down on a pretty much deserted beach. 
Up until my 18 years, I was firmly convinced that I didn't need any kind of protection as I was a grown-up person and my skin was already prepared to be exposed to sun rays without getting easily burned, in contrast with what usually happened when I was a little girl. 
Of course, I was wrong, but it took me about 4 years of very bad sunburns and consequential dark marks on my chest and shoulders to realize that. 
So, now that I'm pretty much fully aware of all the damages caused by a long and unprotected sun exposure, I would like to share with you how I usually treat my skin (and hair) during the summer months:

As my skin is naturally olive, I tend to use a low protection (usually a 10/15 SPF) combined with a melanin stimulator, which stimulates the natural production of melanin and speeds up the tanning process, always preventing dehydration and premature skin ageing. Also, for an even tan, I like to apply a bit of B-carotene containing oil before sunbathing.

I truly believe that an after-sun product is essential to get and maintain a glowy and natural tan throughout the whole summer. This is why I'd rather spend more money on a after-sun lotion than I'd do on a protective sun cream. The beloved one I'm currently using is portentous because it doesn't only prevent your skin from burning and peeling, but it is also self-tanning, which means that the more you are exposed to the sun, the more you will be both protected and tanned at the same time. My advice would be to go for products that are 100% natural and contain ingredients such as aloe, lavander and chamomile extracts, that help to calm and hydrate the skin. 

My skin tends to dry out very quickly, so when my sister recently went on a trip to Camerun, I asked her to get me some pure shea butter. Its formula is the most moisturizing I've ever tried and I like to use it both on my skin to give it an extra hydration, and on my hair, for a deep nourishing after sunbathing. 

Your daily diet plays a key role in achieving a gorgeous tan and helping  to keep it. Try to incorporate in your meals as much orange fruits and veggies as you can, they are the ones that contain more vitamin C and help to stimulate your melanin production. I go especially crazy for oranges, carrots, cantaloupe, papaya and apricots !

Products featured in the image: Dermasol Solaire fluid sun cream - Una Salvia Aftersun and tanning lotion - Bilboa carrot body oil - Original pure shea butter


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