Summer might be coming to an end, but that doesn't mean your melanin has to stop shining.
There's no denying that everyone, looks a bit healthier and happier when sun kissed. Our melanin just truly radiates between Memorial and Labor Day! And while the longer days and warmer nights of summer may be slowly coming to an end, that's no reason to say goodbye to your deeper glow just yet. So how exactly do we hold on to our bronzy radiant Kelly Rowland glow past LDW (summer's unofficial end)? Here our advice for keeping (and faking) tanned skin for the cooler days ahead.
1. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Keeping skin hydrated is essential for extending summer's glow. As the temperature starts to cool down, opt for richer formulas like Carol's Daughter Karité Coco Velvet Body Cream ($12). It's packed with both Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, which will keep skin soft and super moisturized.
2. A Cooler shower is your friend
While a cold shower might be seen as a form of cruel and unusual punishment, a cool one is actually ideal for skin – especially when trying to hold on to a tan. Hot showers dry skin out, causing it to peel and deeper color to fade a lot quicker. If oils are your thing, apply to damp skin right after the shower to truly help lock in moisture.
3. Exfoliation is major key
By now, most of us have gotten into the habit of using an exfoliator on our face a few times a week. However, our bodies also need to be shown the same type of love. Removing dead dull skin cells is essential for glowing and healthy looking skin. Palermo Body's Coffee Body Scrub ($48) not only smells just like a batch of cold brew, but it leaves skin super soft post shower.
4. Fake it 'till you make it
Try as we might our summer tans will inevitably fade. But no need to fret, with the help of bronzers and self-tanners (yes, Black women can use tanners!) no one will be able to tell the difference between real and faux. NARS' cult classic Body Glow ($59) not only compliments a wide range of skin tones but it also smells like the ultimate summer vacation.
5. Don't Skip Blush
Blush was invented to mimic the look of being a little sun-flushed; so it's perfect for a dewy natural look. Dot and blend either a rose or berry colored gel-stain, Glossier's Cloud Paint in Haze ($18) is amazing, on the apple of cheeks for a rosy glow.