Is it just me or have you started feeling the end of summer too? Schools are reopening, summer homes are closing, expatriates are leaving, tans are fading…. It’s the worst time of the year for me. My usual snow white skin, now has color, and I honestly don’t want to lose it! So in a frantic search for methods to keep my tan longer, I found a few easy tricks which I will definitely try. But first, I’ll share them with you too. It seems that taking cool showers helps due to the fact that hot baths can dehydrate your skin, leading to faster peeling. There’s also no better way to hang on to sexy summer skin than by slathering on the lotion – so moisturize! A surprising thing I learned is to exfoliate. I honestly wouldn’t have thought of something like that, but it’s important to give your body a weekly exfoliation to help remove dull, parched surface cells and prepare the skin for the end-of-summer sun. Various studies have shown that a diet rich in beta-carotenes (a type of red-orange pigment) can recreate the glow of sun-kissed skin from within. The best natural sources are sweet potatoes, apricots, mangoes and especially carrots. So be sure to pack your meals with these sunshine-colored fruits and veggies. Don’t slack-off drinking water just because you’re not in 35 degree heat. Keeping hydrated can help prolong the life of all cells (including those nicely tanned cells at the surface). If you’re really desperate to keep that tan, you can use a matte bronzer to help recreate that ‘soaking the sun at the beach-bar all-day’ look. The trick is to swirl it where the sun naturally hits – the forehead, temples, nose and cheekbones – rather than all-over. Finally, it’s a tried-and-tested trick for giving the illusion of darker skin: simply wear a white or lighter shade next to your face.