Throughout the summer we get a good dose of sun and vitamin d, which naturally decreases now that autumn is really upon us. So does the sun-kissed skin. Fortunately, there is a sea of products that can refresh a dull autumn and winter skin, and for the same reason it can be difficult to find your way in the self-tanning jungle.

Sprays, mousses, drops and lotions are varieties you can buy in the store and which do not have to cost a fortune. These products also give you a summer glow without exposing you to the Sun’s UV rays, which can damage the skin. We have collected some tips to preserve the tan color into the autumn, and at the same time advise how you can avoid unwanted shields and orange tones.

Prepare the skin

Prepare the skin before applying the self-tanner. Start with a scrub regardless of the type of self-tan you are going for. It will remove dead skin cells and help achieve a smoother result. Then lubricate the skin with a moisturizing lotion so that the self-tan goes on better and lasts longer. Lubricate extra well dry areas such as elbows, ankles and heels as the self-tan tends to accumulate on dry areas.

If you go for a mousse, it will be appropriate to use a mitt or brush to apply the product. You can mix tanning drops with your face cream. If you go for a spray, you should spray from a distance of 40 centimeters. Wait to put on clothes for the first few minutes after spraying to allow the product to absorb into the skin. Then you also avoid stains on the clothes.

Several of the products come in different shades, so be sure to choose the right shade for you. You can also adjust the shade according to how much product you apply. If you prefer to avoid self-tanning products, or just want more glow, there are heaps of alternatives. What about Bronzer and highlighter? Sun, summer and d vitamins can do good for both body and soul. But as we all know, we are not spoiled for sunny days here in the north.

Also, when the sun first comes out it is wise to protect the skin from strong, harmful rays. Whether you miss the summer glow after three weeks of rainy weather on holiday, or want to top up your tan, a little self-tanning can do the trick. But, yes, there is a but. Because it’s not just about avoiding orange colors, three different skin tones and unfortunate shields.