Most people enjoy spending hot summer days on the beaches trying to get a nice tan. But what happens when hot summer days are over? During cooler months there are less sunlight and fewer chances of getting that perfect summer tan. As the weather becomes colder your tan starts to fade and it gets more difficult to maintain it. Luckily for you, there are lots of tricks and quick solutions that can help you with taking care of your tan especially during cooler months. Just because the weather is getting colder and cooler it doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your tanned and glowing skin. Here are some of the tips on how to take care of your tan and stay healthy during cooler months.

  1. Prepare Your Skin and Yourself

The first and probably the most important step on your way for getting a perfect natural tan is to prepare your skin the right way. If you don’t do that, there’s a chance you’ll look like a mess and probably like an orange mess. To avoid that, make sure you take shower, moisturize and exfoliate well. If you’re planning to tan your legs don’t forget to shave them first. If you skip shaving your legs and use tanner, there’s a chance you’ll get an irregularly shaped color of your skin, and it’s almost certain your goal is not that. 

  • Moisturize and Exfoliate Well

To take care of your skin properly and to keep it healthy make sure you keep it well hydrated. This is especially important when you’re planning to apply a tanner. Hydrated skin will behave better when you use a self-tanner. When you’re buying a moisturize take a look at formulas that are high in vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients that will keep help your skin and keep it smooth during colder periods of the year.

It’s also important to remember to remove any dead skin on your body mostly on parts such as hands, elbows, feet and ankles which are usually drier than other parts of the body, especially during colder weather. After you remove dead skin on your body it’s safer and easier to apply a layer of tanner. In case you skip this step, you’ll probably have to deal with the uneven color of your body and blotchy patches.

  • Make It Happen

After you’ve done the whole procedure before applying self-tanner or tanning oils now’s the time to get on with applying that on your skin to get that natural tan look. If you’re new at this and you’re starting out, it’s always good to remind yourself to be patient and to go easy when applying self-tanner. Make sure you wait for one layer of tanner to develop before you start applying the second coat. It’s always easier to add color than to fix uneven color on your body. That’s why patience is pretty important on your way of having a natural tan. Don’t forget to use hand protection eg. gloves when you’re applying a tanner. This way you’ll avoid turning your hands into an orange mess.

  • Face

Be very cautious and careful when you’re applying tanner on your face. Make sure you test the color of the product on your neck or collarbone before you apply it on your face. Remember not to put oil on your face when you use tanner because it will decrease the function on the formula and it will make your skin patchy. Also, remember to exfoliate before you apply tanner – pretty much the same rule as for the rest of your body. Then, carefully apply tanner on the areas such as apples of your cheeks, forehead, the chin and the bridge of your nose. If you happen to make a mistake and want to remove self-tanner there’s a good trick you should remember – lemons. Yes, that’s right. A little lemon juice can be a helpful tool to remove self-tanners, especially for small areas such as facial areas that need correction.


Everyone enjoys having that summer, but unfortunately, that’s not always possible as the weather and seasons changer over time. No matter your skin and which natural color it may be, luckily there are lots of options of getting that natural tan even during colder periods of the year. The good news is that there are lots of tanning products that will help you with keeping your skin tanned and glowing without going to the nearest tanning bed. Hopefully, this article and some of these tips will help you on your way of finding a safe way to keep your skin bronzed and healthy at the same time.

About the author

Stella Ryne

Stella is an art historian,entrepreneur, conscious consumer and a proud mother.She can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement/DIY projects. She’s also deeply into green practices, cherishing the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit and what we eat, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on.

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