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It might be all in our heads, but we feel like we look paler and that we’re losing our rosy holiday glow the moment we arrive at the airport (which is probably impossible as it’s been about two hours since the sun was last on our face). So as soon as we land, operation glow commences. It’s a complex and exhausting procedure that we spend hours executing in order for bragging to continue for as long as possible (very important!). We’d go as far as to say we probably try harder to maintain the holiday glow than we do for anything else in the year.
From the moment our journey home starts, pretty much everything is against you. The blasting air-con on the plane dries skin out and the British weather makes topping up the tan impossible, not to mention the effects of layers of clothes and decreased water intake.
In sheer desperation, we spoke to Noella Gabriel, Co-founder and Managing Director of Elemis for tips on how to keep the glow for as long as possible.
Tip 1: Gently exfoliate the skin once or twice a week for about a month before your holiday. This eliminates any dry patches to give a smooth base for your tan. Continue doing this after your holiday (no it won’t scrub off your tan) to remove all the icky dead skin cells that dull skin’s glow.
Tip 2: Gradual tans last longer so don’t go all out and frazzle on the first day – slow and steady (and SPF) is your best bet. High protection will create a deeper tan that’ll hang around with you at least for a couple of months.
Tip 3: Take your own shower cream and body oil when you are on holiday. Excess sun exposure will leave your skin dehydrated, so switch from a gel to a shower cream to keep hydration levels up.
Now let us get another holiday in the diary ASAP.