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Here's how to go swimming without sabotaging your self-tan
Even though baking yourself at the beach in exchange for a tan is not a recommendation you’ll be hearing from us, we do still understand the confidence that comes with having a bronzed glow, especially when you’ve got a day in your bikini ahead of you.
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And while a few coats of fake tan can easily solve such issue, there is still one conundrum that needs to be answered...
What happens when you need to go for a swim?
Because, sorry but, entering the pool party as a golden goddess with your tan perfectly intact, only to see it wash off as you say your goodbyes hours later (especially when you’re someone who hasn’t seen the sun since the first lockdown) just ain’t going to cut it.
So, until a water-resistant fake tan is available, here are a few tips for swimming without sabotaging your golden glow…
Which is more forgiving: ocean or pool?
First things first, most self-tanners won’t last you much longer than a week. 10 days if you’re really lucky.
The reason being that the formulation of most tans don’t penetrate the skin, they only darken the surface layer. This means, as your skin sheds ie. from sweating, rubbing against tight clothing and exposure to water (in particular chlorinated pools), the tan goes with it.
So if you’ve got the option between swimming in a pool or the ocean, avoid the chlorine and stick to the ocean where possible.
How long should our swims last? And are there products we can use to avoid our tan from fading post-swim?
As you’ve probably already guessed, the more time spent in the water means the faster your tan is going to fade.
If extending the life of your glow is priority, stick to quick dips rather than longer swims, then pat yourself dry with a towel and apply a hydrating, gradual tanner to top up the colour and moisturise the skin.
One last tip: Avoid using a sandy towel to dry yourself. Granules = premature exfoliation and a patchy tan.
Do you have any tips to extend the life of your tan if you love to swim?
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