Wednesday, 09 May 2018

How to use fake tan when you have problems with your skin

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If you’re a serial fake tanner, you probably have many photos hidden away of fake tan disasters where you looked more like an Oompa Loompa than a sun-kissed goddess.

It’s safe to say that tanning products used to be very limited, but these days there’s plenty on the market even for those who suffer from sensitive skin, or even skin problems such as eczema.

No matter what your skin’s issue is, there’s no reason why you can’t get that head to toe glow. Here’s our expert advice for all skin types.

Exfoliate Softly

Even if your skin is sensitive or you’re prone to dryness and flakiness, exfoliating can still be beneficial. Softly exfoliating will remove the top layer of skin without causing any further damage and leave a smooth layer that the fake tan can be applied to. No matter your skin problem, you should stay clear of exfoliators that contain oil as they tend to leave a film on the skin that doesn’t work well with any tanning product.

Know when (and when not) to moisturise

If you’ve woken up thinking that today is the day to fake tan then you need to ask yourself one question: did you moisturise last night? Dry skin is the number one reason for a patchy tan but at the same time, moisturising a mere few hours before your tan application can make things a lot more difficult. Make sure your skin is silky smooth the night before, particularly if you’re someone who’s prone to dryness.

Be Kind To Your Pores

You’re probably going to shower before your application. In that case, make sure you rinse your skin in cold water before you get out so that you can shrink all of your pores and reduce the chances of them getting blocked by your tanning product. This is particularly important for those that are prone to acne.

Modify Your Technique

Of course, it’s mostly all down to the way you know your skin will react to certain products. If you know that your oily skin doesn’t work well with tanning oil, try something like a mousse or a spray. Those with dry skin might want to mix their tanning product with some moisturiser to soften the formula, and those that are prone to sensitivity might want to opt for natural tanning products that won’t contain any chemical nasties.

Understand The Severity Of Your Skin Condition

On those days when your skin isn’t cooperating at all, it’s usually best to forego the fake tan altogether. Applying further products to your skin when it is red and inflamed can prevent it from healing naturally, and the likelihood is that it will worsen the next time it flares up. You should also make sure that you carry out a patch test 24 hours before you apply a new product to ensure that you won’t have an allergic reaction and to gauge the correct depth of colour.