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  • 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.”

    Beauty: The beach-fast rules

    “Sun damage weakens the skin’s barrier, making it more susceptible to environmental aggressors,” says New York-based dermatologist Dr Dendy Engelman. With Uv rays accounting for 80-90% of skin damage, at-home care is just as important as using Spf on the beach. In fact, a daily factor is essential even when you’re back in the city. “Used regularly, Spf allows skin to repair existing damage,” says German dermatologist Dr Stefanie Williams.

    Follow this with an application of after-sun, layered over an antioxidant serum. “After-sun formulas contain high doses of antioxidants, which neutralize skin-damaging free radicals,” explains Dr Engelman. Though it’s tempting 

    Sun Downers

    “After-sun formulas contain High doses of Antioxidants, which Neutralize skin-damaging free radicals”

    How to treat your sun-kissed skin and prolong your tan,

    by Evie Leatham


    Photograph: Emma Tempest

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