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create an endless summer

It's fall and the summer sun is leaving us, so here's how you can still focus on keeping your tan. Here are a few tips to keep that golden glow using self-tanners as the weather gets cooler.

Sunless tanning tips

The market is flooded with great sunless tanning products. Their benefits are plenty: no sunburns, no sun damage and no premature aging!

1

Exfoliate

Clinique Sparkle Skin Exfoliator

The first step is to exfoliate your skin to create an even surface for your sunless tanner. Regardless if you are tanning or not, you should strive to exfoliate your body at least once per week to maintain soft, smooth skin all-over. One to try is Clinique Sparkle Skin Exfoliator ($24, sephora.com).

2

Choose the perfect sunless tanning formula

There are so many amazing self-tanners on the market today. The trick is to pick the perfect one for your skin and needs.

Philosophy's Here Comes the Sun Age-Defense Golden Glow Self Tanner for Body

Lotion

Lotions and creams are easy to apply all-over, and many come in a tinted formula so you can see exactly where you are applying the product. Two to try? Australian Gold's ($9, australiangold.com) or Philosophy's Here Comes the Sun Age-Defense Golden Glow Self Tanner for Body ($28, sephora.com)
Kate Somerville tanning wipes

Mousse & wipes

Mousse formulas like Clarins' Delectable Self Tanning Mousse ($42, sephora.com) are light and airy and most are drip-free so you don't have to worry about streaking. Tanning wipes like the ones from Kate Somerville ($48, beautybar.com) are convenient and easy (you can take them anywhere!) and are the least likely to stain your hands.
Luminess Tan

Air-brush

The latest innovation is at home air-brush tanning. Instead of applying a formula to develop color on your skin, air-brush tanning provides a fine mist of color that lasts one to two weeks. One to try is Luminess Tan ($179, luminessair.com).
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Make your color last

The Body Shop's Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil

To maintain your color, remember to re-apply every few days. You can also use tan-extending creams, which deeply moisturize your skin and sometimes contain small amounts of self-tanner to extend the life of your tan. Other products like tinted body oils create a luxurious glow to your skin. One to try is The Body Shop's Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil ($22, thebodyshop-usa.com).

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Comments on "How to keep your summer tan"

Kendra September 27, 2012 | 8:35 PM

Great tips! That's probably the only thing I dread about the fall season is the fact that my tan that I've worked so hard on will fade. Thanks for the tips on keeping the tan. Can't wait to try some of them out!

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