to skip exfoliation when trying to hold on to a tan, it’s an essential step because your skin sheds less in the sun and becomes thicker to add protection. “Use a gentle, acid-based cleanser to remove dulling dead skin cells,” says London-based skin expert Dr Frances Prenna Jones. It will help repairing serums to sink into skin, too.
The sun’s most lasting souvenir is hyperpigmentation. Sadly there are no products powerful enough to significantly fade sun spots: that’s best left to laser treatment or acid-based peels. A word of warning from Dr Engelman: “Wait at least eight weeks after sun exposure to treat skin with either.”