How To Maintain Your Summer Tan Long After Beach Season Ends

How To Maintain Your Summer Tan Long After Beach Season Ends

Along with a newfound ability to “tan” comes great responsibility: to keep said tan for as long as possible…

Here’s a fun fact: My skin is virtually incapable of “being tan.” Up until about five years ago, any time I spent more than an hour in the sun, I’d come home crisp and red. Part of it was probably that I was total shit at applying sunscreen properly (stories for another day), but I also just assumed my fair, sensitive skin wasn’t cut out for friendly interactions with the sun and I resigned myself to a life of looking a lot like Snow White if she wore glasses and had ombre hair.

But then a miraculous thing happened: I started taking suncare seriously. I realized that, if I just took my time and did it with care, sunscreen was wonderful…and it worked. If I chose to stand naked in the bathroom while meticulously applying SPF to every inch of my body to make sure I didn’t miss a spot and therefore didn’t fry, who cares if it added 20 minutes to my routine? For the first time in my life, I was TAN. (“Tan” being relative here. I was as bronzed as I was ever going to healthily be and that was A-OK!)

Getting wiser about proper sunscreen and really learning about how my skin interacted with the sun has been nothing short of miraculous. Yeah, I constantly reapply SPF 50 and I have a sixth sense when it comes to finding the part of the beach that also offers shade and I will fight you for the last umbrella, but I have not looked or felt like a cooked lobster in years.

But along with this newfound ability to “tan” comes great responsibility: to keep said tan for as long as possible. There’s nothing worse than going to bed beautifully bronzed only to wake up paler than you remember, as if the color seeped out while you slept. Here’s how I help my color last longer than one glorious day.


I know, counterintuitive, right? Why would you scrub away the skin you’re trying to keep color in? But exfoliating is an important pre- and post-glow step. Before you head out, you’ll want to gently scrub away dead or thirsty surface cells to make sure your skin is smooth and ready to receive sunscreen and all that vitamin D. It will also stimulate blood flow to help remove toxins that may interfere with skin cell generation down the line.

Post-tan, you’ll still want to gently scrub your whole body about once a week. Again, you need to remove those dead cells so your skin can breathe and regenerate properly, but this step is also crucial in making sure all the moisturizer I’m about to lay down in the next step is able to sink in and get to work. Don’t go crazy here. A soft sweep of a body brush or an oil-based scrub with very small grains (like sugar) will do the trick.

Take cold showers.

This one might sound odd, but just trust me. Hot baths and showers can dehydrate your skin, which will lead to faster peeling and flaking. You don’t have to stand under a stream of icy water, but try not to turn the temperature past warm. And while you’re at it, opt for a body wash that’s infused with moisturizing oils. Not only will the oils help keep your skin hydrated, they’ll also work to trap the water from the shower in your skin for an extra dose of moisture. If you’re more of a bath person, infuse that water with oil!

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

Get it? Good.

When you spend time in the sun, even if you don’t burn, your skin dries out. The heat and sunlight do a miraculous job of leaching natural moisture from your skin, so you need to make sure to replace it tenfold in the days after.

Immediately after being in the sun, drench every inch of your body in something hydrating that’s designed for after sun care. Even though you’re not red, when skin tans it technically burns, so you need to make sure you’re depositing healing nutrients into your skin right away. Since after-sun products are specifically designed with this in mind, look for products that will speed up skin recovery and have calming, soothing, hydrating ingredients.

In the following days, make sure to coat yourself in uber-hydrating products at least once a day (twice if you’re really good). A body oil will deposit essential moisture to your thirsty skin and then go a step further by locking it in with a moisturizer or cream. The latter will create a protective barrier that will keep the hydrating ingredients in your skin so they can’t escape.

Fake it.

If you’re a) not into the sun but wish you were, b) too scared of the potential to burn (I hear ya) or c) afraid of a life without a tan, my advice to you is to just fake it. That’s right, you heard me: FAKE IT.

Gone are the days of terrible self-tanner that left you streaky and orange, that smelled like a chemical factory exploded and rubbed off on all your towels and sheets, that you had to frantically wash your hands after applying or else it would get into the cracks in between your fingers and never leave. These days, DIY tans are pretty excellent and, if you take the time to use them properly, no one will be able to tell the difference between something you applied yourself or a glow you spent days working on.

The easiest way to fake a tan is with good old bronzer. Find a shade that’s one to two shades darker than your natural skin so it doesn’t look fake, and be sure to blend the crap out of it with a brush or makeup sponge. (There’s nothing worse than that very obvious line of makeup where your skin changes color in the blink of an eye.) Whether it’s a creamy formula you can apply to the high points of your face where the sun would naturally hit it for just a hint of glow, a stick you can use to contour and give some depth to your “tan,” a powder you can lightly dust in a “3” shape on both sides of your face for buildable color, or a loose, shimmer powder you can mix with face oil for an all-over wash, there’s a foolproof bronzing product out there for you.
And if you really want to commit, self-tan your whole bod. Always make sure to test new products out on a small patch of unseen skin so make sure the color jives with your skin tone and that you have control over the product, and then go to town. If you’re using a straight up self-tanning lotion, think about wearing an application mitt so it goes on smooth and even (and doesn’t leave your hands looking like they belong to an Oompa Loompa). Or go the slow and steady route with a 2-for-1, buildable tanning moisturizer.

The best part is that all of the steps I mentioned above (exfoliating, cool showers, moisturizing) are major parts of successful application and care of DIY tans, so do ‘em!

Photo by Jana Kirn.

Free People Blog

The Best Sunscreen For Your Skin Type

The Best Sunscreen For Your Skin Type

From the broad spectrum of SPFs, which one is ideal for you? 

Now that sunscreen has become as essential as face cream (even on cloudy days!), there’s a new formula to match every skin type. Got combination skin? There’s a non-greasy-yet-hydrating SPF for that. Or maybe you’re super sensitive or acne-prone? Look for UV deflectors spiked with calming and clarifying botanicals. Considering how often you need to (re) apply this daily essential (hi, every two hours!) you really want to get a sunscreen that bonds well with your skin. Here’s how to find your SPF soulmate:

For Dry Skin: 

This SPF water cream is infused with ultra-moisturizing sodium hyaluronate, along with aloe, sunflower seed oil and soybean lipids. It’s great to counteract the natural water loss that happens on sweltering days (all that sweating can leave your skin parched). Thank You Farmer Sun Cream, $23.

For Sensitive Skin: 

Mineral sunscreens are the way to go. Made with physical blockers — zinc oxide and titanium dioxide — that sit on top of your skin, this lightweight cream won’t clog pores. And unlike a lot of mineral SPFs, it absorbs to a transparent finish (just rub it in for a few minutes). Mineral SPF 30 Face Sunscreen Lotion

For Oily Skin: 

If you hate that slick feeling of anything heavy on your skin, this oil-free lotion is as light as can be. Crafted with organic fruit extracts and essential oils, it also has antioxidants that undo UV damage from the sun (bonus!). Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer, $29.

For Red or Blotchy Skin: 

This K-beauty find is like a powerful BB cream that defends your skin from the sun’s rays with high-level mineral SPF 50 and a color-correcting tint. It’s also loaded with apple water extract to tone down irritation and leave your skin smooth and clear. IPKN Big Apple Sun Cream SPF 50, $28.

For Skin that’s Wearing Makeup: 

The hardest part about reapplying sunscreen during the day is that it often messes up your makeup. That’s not the case with this SPF-spiked makeup setting mist. Just spray on to re-up your sun coverage and keep your foundation totally in tact. Soleil Toujours Set + Protect Micro Mist, $36.

For Any Skin Type, Anytime: 

This mineral SPF comes in the coolest packaging — a recyclable pouch that cuts down on plastic waste and is super convenient for travel (at 3 ounces, it will fly by any TSA checkpoint). It’s also water resistant and blended with nourishing plant extracts. This is SPF you want to put on. Let It Block SPF 30 Sunscreen, $14.99.


+ Want to learn more about protecting you skin? Check out these articles here!

Free People Blog

The Great Sunscreen Debate: What SPF Level is Best for You?

The Great Sunscreen Debate: What SPF Level is Best for You?

Can’t decide between SPF 15, 30 or 50? Here’s how to find your number…

This post comes to you from beauty contributor, Kari Molvar.

Sun-filled weekends and festival days are finally here, which means it’s time to up your SPF game. But with all the different protection levels out there, it can be hard to figure out what’s right for you. Is there really a difference between SPF 30 and 50? And why isn’t there one standard SPF number? To answer these questions and more, we turned to Jordana Mattioli, a NYC licensed medical esthetician and sun protection guru for some skin-saving advice.

First, a quick lesson in SPF. What exactly does it protect you from? 

SPF stands for “sun protection factor,” and it measures your sunscreen protection from UVB rays. Think about this way: If your skin would normally burn after 10 minutes in the sun, applying an SPF 15 sunscreen would allow you to stay in the sun without burning for approximately 150 minutes (a factor of 15 times longer, hence SPF 15). It’s not an exact estimate though. Also, SPF does not measure how well a sunscreen will protect from UVA rays. While UVB rays are what cause physical sunburns, UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply and are associated with aging. They also increase the carcinogenic effects of UVB rays and increasingly are being seen as a cause of skin cancer on their own. That’s why it’s super important to look for a sunscreen that says “broad-spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection.”

Why do we have different SPF levels—why don’t we just have one standard? 

The FDA didn’t introduce SPF measures until the mid 70s, and even though it’s been quite some time, they are very slow with adapting new regulations! But just this past year, some newer regulations were passed: The FDA now requires sunscreen products with SPF lower than 15 to include a warning. It reads: “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging.” This same warning must appear on sunscreen products that are not broad spectrum.

Would you recommend a low level SPF 15 to anyone?

Darker skin types can use a lower level, such as SPF15, since they have more melanin in their skin, which does give some protection. However, I really recommend everyone start at SPF 30. Darker skin may not sunburn as easily as those with fair skin, but they are still at risk of skin damage from sun exposure.

What’s the difference between SPF 30 and 50? How do you choose between them?

SPF 30 is the most common level for most people and skin types. No sunscreen can block all UV rays, but what we do know is: SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays and SPF 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays. So, the difference between 30 and 50 is about 1 percent. But every bit of extra protection can be beneficial if you are very fair or spending a lot of time in direct sun! And most people apply less than the recommend amount (about one ounce for full body coverage), so the higher the number the better.

Are there any drawbacks to using a higher SPF?

There is often a false sense of security with higher numbers. You think since you’re wearing a higher level, you are invincible to the sun, and that’s just not the case. Most of us also forget that SPF is only at its most active for about two hours, so you need to reapply it often.

Does the product texture change as you move higher up in SPF level? How does it impact the look and feel of it?

The product texture can change, but it’s not very noticeable. It’s more about the types of sunscreens ingredients used. Physical sunscreens made with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide will usually be slightly more opaque then chemical sunscreens. But many sunscreens now combine several different active chemical and physical sunscreen ingredients in order to provide broad-spectrum protection.

What SPF level do you wear?  

I personally wear SPF 30 every day, all year, rain or shine—it’s just become a habit! My skin is acne-prone and sensitive to chemical sunscreens so I stick with physical sunscreens only.

Looking for more fun-in-the-sun products? Check out our full collection here!

+ How do you practice safe sun? What’s your go-to SPF level? Tell us in the comments below!

Photo by Jana Kirn.

Free People Blog

Here Comes Sunlight (Stop)!

Why changing to organic sunscreen is essential for you personally (and our whole world)…

This article originates from contributor Altman and our beloved buddy .

For many of my entire life, when it found purchasing sunblock, there is just one three-page term that impacted my buying choice. Is it possible to speculate? No? That term my buddy, is SPF (okay good, I understand SPF is definitely an acronym, not officially a term — nobody walks around stating it loudly like “spppppffff” — however, you obtain the stage…)

Easily purchased a sunscreen by having an SPF of 9, I understood I had been meant for a powerful bronze and/or perhaps a burn similar to an indignant seafood; likewise, when seeing SPF-50 and a large straw-hat, I understood I possibly could maintain my organic pasty goth appearance.

While walking down the sunscreen area in the nearby pharmacy, my easy thinking brought me to buy regardless of the cheapest sunblock using the greatest SPF was, slather it on my encounter and throat, and start my evening…

Properly, the changing times they’re a-changin (!) and, once we are finding more and more, what we place in our anatomies (through meals and topically, through beauty items) might have an enormous effect on our wellness. Prejudice is bliss, nevertheless when it involves sun-protection, prejudice is bliss(ters)… (continue reading which means this horrible laugh makes a bit more feeling…)

Listed here are 8 sunlight-connected “FUN DETAILS” I’ve learned all about sun and skin safety that have brought me to alter my sunscreen buying choices and steer clear of pharmacy manufacturers in support of organic suncare options…

Sunshine Fun Fact Number 1: the skin we have is the body’s biggest wood and, because it’s comprised of small pores, nearly all what we placed on the outer skin gets consumed and adopts our anatomies as though we’d consumed it, including beauty items and sunscreen.

Sunshine Fun Reality #2the term, im, acronym “SPF” means Sunlight Guarding Element and describes the theoretical period of time an individual can remain in sunlight without getting sunburned. For instance, an SPF of 45 allows one to remain in sunlight ..

(Note: I’m not certain if this can be a “enjoyment reality” or just a discussion beginning, therefore moving forward I’ll allow you to choose for oneself if it’s enjoyable or not…)

Sunlight (Possibly Enjoyable) Reality #2: There’s no medical evidence that any SPF more than 50 really shields skin somewhat better. For instance, utilizing an SPF of 100 isn’t dual an SPF 50’s safety, no more than 1-percent greater. (Ok, perhaps that one is certainly not really a fun reality. For that rest of the post I’ll allow you to choose if these truth is enjoyable or not…)

Sunlight Reality #3It’s essential that people people acquire 20 units of sun-exposure each day (without sunscreen) so our anatomies may create the all too-essential Supplement D3, that will be accountable for a lot of good stuff like guarding our immune programs, raising our emotions, helping combat melanoma and psychological disability. More than 70% of the populace is Vitamin-D poor, meaning nearly all us have to save money time outdoors and possibly consider Vitamin-D products. (Note: Talk To your physician to ensure you are able to manage 20 units of sunlight each day, particularly as this 20-moment principle differs for individuals of various complexions and and it is favorable towards the season…)

Sunlight Reality #4Reasonable sunlight is fantastic but, if you should be likely to be exterior for over 20 units, it’s very important to hide with a few type of sun-protection in order to steer clear of the likelihood of burning and health issues for example skin melanoma down the road…

Sunlight Reality #5Sunscreens come mainly in 2 types — chemical sunscreen and spring sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens absorb straight into the skin , while vitamin sunscreens referred to as & rdquo,& ldquo blockers; have the ability to remain in the skin s area. Nutrient sunblocks are created utilizing dioxide and zinc-oxide.

Sunlight Reality #6Chemical sunblocks constitute nearly all the local pharmacy variety and, when I’ve discovered, include unnecessarily poisonous elements like oxybenzone, that has been associated with cancers, hormone interruption and more. (Yikes!)

Sunlight Reality #7: as though chemical sunscreens weren’t poor enough, when you use one and get into the sea, the oxybenzone and paraben elements often wash-off in to the water (even when the sunscreen promises to become waterproof) and, consequently, toxin marine-life and bleach our fragile barrier reef program. (Yikes again!)  

should you enjoy ANY facet of the sea (or our world in general), I plead of that you don’t use conventional chemical sunscreen while boating! The seafood plead of you also! (P.S. May seafood get creases? Sorry, tangent…)

So rsquo & what;s a sunlight-caring woman to complete?!

Fortunately, there’s an answer and there is naturally-derived our body Earth or sunblocks that may easily support safeguard the skin without hurting your body.

Presenting Free People’s Sunlight Team — Liquid BeautyCoolaSuntegrityAllow It To Stop and EiR

Whether you’re buying colored cosmetic lotion, activities sunscreen or lipbalm, we’ve you coated (without risking your wellbeing or even the world’s…). Among the most popular manufacturers, Allow It To Stop, was recently granted many eco-friendly sunscreen by Surfrider Business! (I’m presently utilizing GOTH STOP by Allow It To Stop when I sort this, btw.)


+ Which sublock that is organic will you use to savor our world?

Discover our total selection of sun-protection BELOW.

FP Traditions: Warmup

The 2nd within our movie sequence that instructions you in curating your new fave elegance program…

You ve got your shine that is AM under hellip & wraps; before starting to warm up today think about searching your absolute best? Offering Coola, Maya Water, The Wonder Cook and Mason Pearson. View the movie under, and start to become prepared for-anything!

DP: Ethan Palmer, AC/Digital Tech: Rebecca Rajadnya, Hair: Ayumi Yamamto, Makeup: Matthew Sky, Gaffer: Geoff Taylor

Store FP Elegance + Wellness.

Today It Is Possible To Check Just How Much Exposure You Are Getting on the Daily Foundation

This was originally posted on along with the image used.

We can not stress enough how essential it’s to safeguard oneself in the sunlight;or your mother bothering one to consume your veggies whenever you were a kid although I am sorry if we seem like a damaged report&mdash. And just like your mother understood whenever you hid your broccoli underneath the desk, we all know you not all are being diligent about sunscreen. How? Skin care organization Laroche- Posay commissioned a worldwide research that unearthed that while 92 percent were conscious of the risk of not carrying sunscreen 26 percentage guarded themselves throughout the year and interviewed 19,000 gents and ladies. Eek. This is exactly why Laroche-Posay chose to hunker down and produce a gadget that might function of just how much sun-exposure you are getting like a real indication. It launched itis not blame .

Having trouble with losing hair or thinning hair?  Our blog takes the best around from the internet about hair care and beauty.  Reverse female hair loss with us today!

Several Sunscreens Do Not Fulfill with National Academy of Requirements

This was originally posted on along with the image used.


In the event you skipped it, guarding the skin in the sunlight is not truly unimportant. Like, truly essential. Therefore choosing the sunscreen that is right? That is severe company (here is an useful manual towards the greatest sunscreens about the racks to assist you out). why skin specialists are squirming in the information that many are not really as much as level and that’s. Based on a brand new research printed within the diary JAMA Dermatology, several common sunscreens available on the market do not fulfill all the National School of Dermatology (AAD) requirements, departing the skin susceptible to these dangerous UVA and UVB rays. Yikes.

Having trouble with losing hair or thinning hair?  Our blog takes the best around from the internet about hair care and beauty.  Reverse female hair loss with us today!

You Could Get Free Sunscreen about New York City’s Roads

This was originally posted on along with the image used.

Some politicians have high objectives: free university the change of success inequality, for several, common healthcare. Others strive not only a little bit raise. One Nyc politician that is such is experiencing the burn sunburn and it has established sunscreen with his places. May we obtain a heck yes?

Having trouble with losing hair or thinning hair?  Our blog takes the best around from the internet about hair care and beauty.  Reverse female hair loss with us today!

Forget On Safety, You Can Now Drink It

This was originally posted on along with the image used.


From SPF-stuffed agents to lipbalms and make-up fundamentals rsquo;ve turn into a much more aware concerning sun care’s importance. You may still find a significant number of individuals who aren t implementing it daily not utilizing any at-all some people are greater at lathering on sunscreen. But, imagine if consuming sun-protection was a choice?

Having trouble with losing hair or thinning hair?  Our blog takes the best around from the internet about hair care and beauty.  Reverse female hair loss with us today!

How’s Your Relationship Using The Sunlight?

Post image for How’s Your Relationship With The Sun?

Mine s challenging. It s a love that is total /dislike. I m dreamin;, and continuously wishin, hopin&rsquo for a sunlit evening, however discover myself when it ultimately arrives to remain covering.

Around I’deb prefer to fake I was a carefree beach-bum who might invest hours efficiently bouncing across the seaside with no fear on the planet, examining off all the “awesome woman” containers, lookin’ all brown and sexy in my own swimsuit… I’m not. I obtain a tad stressed. Sunlight is just a large, vibrant, point that is stunning however frightening. It may do some harm that is severe. And that I find myself continuously struggling between having severe burns, and severe seaside FOMO. Therefore, how can stability is achieved by us? Do I over-believe everything a lot more then the majority of my buddies who kill about the seaside each summer-vacation? Perhaps. Absolutely. But hello, I’m doin’ my greatest wood (my skin), an enormous benefit. And two decades from I, today ’ll be thanking my home that is 24-year old.

This is actually the greatest guidance myself is given by me on the daily schedule. Would you, woman! I might be that woman with, like, 15 caps on, 100 SPF, plus a cover-up when I stroll in the home towards the seaside, but I’m doin’ me! Don’t hesitate to complete you. Below’s how my connection using the sunlight is producing some improvement…

Obtain The Search: Az Birkenstock

Preparation. I’m an adviser, what exactly? Easily understand my trip to the seaside (or on the backpack, in the swimming… you receive the gist) will be 90-degrees and sunlit, I love to recommend heading at the same time the ultraviolet list (which may be located on the climate application in your iPhone), is gloomier. The greatest ultraviolet is generally between 11-3’s hours, therefore my brain at-peace, and operating around these hours helps maintain the poor burning absent.

Lather. Getting A great sunscreen that isn’t saturated in substances and major issues for my skin has created me as pleased like a clam. Select whichever SPF which makes you are feeling comfy, but I would recommend at least 30 or more. Providing oneself sometime is crucial and wearing your sunscreen before you receive fitted and mind outdoors. It offers the skin period you and to digest.

Decorate. Caps, connections, sunnies, and umbrellas are accepted. I ve unearthed that when I m sporting components that help maintain up my assurance and safeguard my skin, I’ m comfy and certainly will relax much more.

Hooky. when you have to omit each day about the seaside since the skin’s experienced sufficient, don’t fear! Get a guide and take a seat underneath the terrace having a coverup on the patio. A few hours together with rsquo & your buddies isn;t not as unimportant as your wellbeing. It s apparent whenever your skin is suggesting rsquo & it . Lather in certain aloe, and ignore it.

+How would you maintain a pleased,, connection that is healthy using the sunlight? I would like to understand within the remarks

Follow FP Madisyn on Instagram + have a look at her website