Let's face it, practically everyone looks (and feels) seriously good when they are a little bronzage, whether it's fake or not.
But the one downside of getting a natural tan? Watching it – and your golden glow – fade gradually in front of your eyes. We've all been there, it's time to take action.
One top trick to keep your colour alive? “Smoother skin tans more evenly in the sun and holds onto its colour for longer, but there are easier routes than buffing like mad every couple of weeks,” says leading facialist and skin expert Nichola Joss. “I use exfoliating gloves in the shower all summer, often doubled up with exfoliating body wash. It keeps my skin gently prepped for the sun without eating into my time, and once I have a tan, it keeps it looking fresh and bright without sapping it of colour.”
As well, we are all aware of how travelling can dry out the skin and make it lose not only its vibrancy, but it's tone, too.
Thankfully, there is now a whole host of hard-working, nourishing tan extenders to help you maintain your summer glow from the second you touchdown in the UK.
Why we love: When Guerlain first launched this luxurious serum two years ago, it sold out in a matter of weeks.
No wonder: adding just two honey-coloured drops to your moisturiser or body lotion transforms it into a skin-nourishing tan enhancer that boosts your natural melanin production.
It’s as good at prepping holiday skin as it is at prolonging a sun-kissed glow when you get home. Get ready for a gold rush.
Why we love: For those of us who aren’t so lucky enough to keep our tan going constantly, use a mitt to apply a moisturising fake tan – we like James Read’s new body tan with skin-quenching aloe vera and cucumber – working downwards from your décolleté to your feet.
Why we love: Properly hydrating skin prolongs a tan and makes it’s overall appearance look better, so give yourself an easy head start against peeling by taking cooler showers and swapping your usual shower gel or soap for this oil.
It moisturises on touch, but better still, spend a minute massaging it in to really lock-down moisture.
Why we love: One of the best and simplest ways to extend a tan is by quite simply faking it.
And there’s a lot to love about this soft, silky self-tanner from L’Oreal with its in-built shimmer.
It even lasts up to two weeks when applied over three days. Clever.
Why we love: ‘A few drops of , mixed with any old body moisturiser, is how I keep my tan going for as long as possible,’ says Alexa Chung.
If it's good enough for Alexa...
Why we love: It may not give you a deep vacation-like tan but this nourishing body serum will leave just the right amount of gold shimmer to give limbs a healthy, radiant glow, making any tan that’s left show up even more.