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Tips for Maintaining Your Tan All Winter

Andrew Parker
Dec 31, 2021

Cold weather isn’t for everyone. While some people love feeling the crisp winter air on their skin, others prefer the warmth of the sun. Those who don’t appreciate the cold definitely don’t enjoy the fact that the tan they cultivated over the summer never lasts until the spring. Luckily, there are some great ways you can keep your tan going well after the summer sun has disappeared.

Use a Tan Extender

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Tan extenders are products that you apply to your skin just before going out into the sun. They have various ingredients that stimulate your melanocytes, which is what gives you a tan in the first place. You simply apply a small amount of this product to your skin a few hours before going outside and the results are fantastic.

Eat Lots of Healthy Foods

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Getting enough beta carotene (an antioxidant found in many fruits and vegetables) can help you maintain your tan. Beta carotene is turned into Vitamin A, which helps you build melanin. This basically means that eating lots of healthy foods like sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach and kale will keep your skin looking its best throughout winter.

Get Some Vitamin D

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Vitamin D is a great supplement to add to your diet. Vitamin D has been found in many studies to stimulate the production of melanin in the skin, which will help maintain your tan during the winter months. It is also a vital vitamin for overall health and well-being, with a deficiency in Vitamin D being linked with many different diseases.