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Byline: Cathy Meyer

THERE'S nothing like making your friends jealous by coming back from holiday with a fabulous golden tan.

But after a few days of the glorious British summer - rain and all - there's nothing worse than the bronzed look vanishing.

There's no need to hit the nearest sunbed to stay a browned babe though - instead check out the closest beauty counters for the best ways to keep your glow.

Today's fake tans are much easier to use than the orange, streaky, smelly products of the past, but unless you're going for even darker colour, there's no need to bother with them. Instead, take care of the tan you've got. Don't stop exfoliating completely, or you'll be left with dry, flaky skin, but don't blitz your body with something which will scrub off all your sunkissed skin.

And stop any peeling with plenty of moisturiser to help it last as long as possible - aftersun can be particularly good.

There's no way to stop the tan disappearing completely though, so add a few days to its natural life with a tan extender, which moisturises your skin and normally contains a small amount of fake tan to increase your golden glow as well.

Lancaster's range includes three Tan Maximiser products - Shower Gel, pounds 11, Moisturiser, pounds 20, and Rich Firming Cream, pounds 24. Or for a cheaper option try Estee Lauder Stay Bronze Moisturising Tan Extender, pounds 15 or Soltan Aftersun Tan Maximiser, pounds 5.49.

Top up your existing colour with the latest liquid bronzers and shimmers. There's no need to worry about them smudging onto pale clothes, as once they've dried you need soap and water to remove them.

One of the best is Clinique's Bronze Gel, pounds 11, from their Self-Sun range. While the colour seems very dark, you only need a little to cover your face and it lasts all day. For a lighter tint, try 17 Leg Make Up from Boots, pounds 4.60, a lotion designed to perk up pale legs.

Even if your golden glow does disappear, it's simple to cheer up your complexion with some shimmer. Even untanned skins will benefit from this flattering effect. No 7 Instant Tan Glimmer, Shimmer and Glow, pounds 8.40, from Boots, comes in either rose or bronze, depending on your skin shade, for extra colour on your face or body.

Jungle Juice Body Shimmers, pounds 7.29, by Australian range Miki, exclusive to Boots, come in four shades, with a heavenly coconut fragrance to transport you back to the beach you've just left.

Cool down and dazzle at the same time with Botanics Glistening Lotions, pounds 7.50, in either Rose Angel, a light bronze, or Yellow Lady's Slipper, which leaves a golden hue. Both contain peppermint to cool and aloe vera to soothe.

If you're wrapped up against summer showers, concentrate on a glowing face. The simplest way to perk up a tired tan is with a quick slick of tinted moisturiser or a dab of bronzer. Most make-up ranges include both products, so if you've got a favourite check our their versions. Be sure to get a shade which matches your skin's colour.

After letting the moisturiser settle, apply the bronzer with a blusher brush - focus on the areas which tan naturally like your cheeks and nose, rather than an unnatural even coverage. A touch on your collarbone helps make the colour look more natural, or use it to enhance your cleavage by dusting a soft V shape on your chest.

The Marks & Spencer Enhance range includes a Luminescent Tinted Moisturiser, pounds 7, as well as a Powder Bronzer, pounds 7.50, is available in light/medium or medium/dark.

And avoid crossing the line from glowing to shiny, with Bloom Aloha Bronzer, pounds 18.95. Enriched with sun screen and lavender essential oil, for when you get too hot and bothered, the texture of the bronzer helps absorb excess oil for glistening skin.

For a practical way to apply it, check out Bloom's Retractable Bronzing Brush, pounds 21.95, which fits into your bag if you need to top up the colour. Available from selected Boots stores and by mail order on 020 8735 2882.

With all this help, there's no need to stop looking like a beach babe - even if your next holiday is 51 weeks away.
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 28, 2002
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