Moisturising and preserving suntan

Firstly, it is important to avoid sunburn, however, once tanned it would be nice to preserve it for as long as possible.

Moisturising your skin is an essential step in preserving your tan and nourishing the epidermis (top layer of skin). A few simple measures will help you keep your sun tan after coming back from your holiday.

Safe tanning

  • Sunbath frequently for short lengths of time only rather than long intensive periods: you will obtain a longer lasting and more uniform tan if you expose yourself for frequent but short episodes.
  • Only use high factor sun protection creams and you should sunbath only after 4pm: the sun is less intense and harmful and, contrary to what is usually thought, you can sunbath and tan even when wearing a high factor sun protection cream.

Body care


  • Exfoliation is the scrubbing of the upper layers of the skin.
  • Once a week, to eliminate dead skin cells.
  • You must be careful and choose a gentle exfoliating cream with soft grains which will not harm the cells that are still tanned.

Exfoliation also prepares the skin to receive moisturising creams.

Moisturising your skin

  • It is very important that the skin remains moisturised even if it is not exposed to sun.
  • Milks, creams, sprays or foams; moisturising your skin repairs the dryness caused by the sun, salt and chlorine. Moisturising helps prevent, peeling and shedding of the skin and preserves your suntan for longer .


Fruits & Vegetables

  • Follow a fruit and vegetable diet to take care of your tan:
    • Greens, rich in zinc, silicium and vitamin E: spinach, brocoli, aubergines, celery, artichokes.
    • Beta-carotene: melon, tomato, carots, which also contain lycopene; a natural free anti-radical.
  • Drink 1,5 l of water every day.
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