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Hey there, sensitive skin queens!
Like us, you're probably used to searching out beauty practices that protect your delicate, breakout-prone complexion. Cleansers, lotions, even sunscreen...they each need to be carefully chosen.
But have you given a second thought to your sunless tanning products?
It's true that we should all avoid the acne-worsening dangers of actual tanning. So sunless tanning products seem like a promising way to dodge harmful UV rays.
But persistent blemishes might be undermining your faux tan experience. The more you break out, the more tan you want to layer on. But the more tan you layer on, the more breakouts appear!
Could it be? Is spray tan acne real?
Sadly, yes! Spray tan acne is a real phenomenon, and you might have it.
After you've worked so hard to keep your skin clear, that gorgeous fake tan may be contributing to your not-so-gorgeous breakouts!
It's frustrating, but all is not lost. Averr Aglow is here to explain the ins and outs of sunless tanning, how it affects your skin, and how you can create your own clear complexion tanning routine!
First, let's discuss how your skin interacts with tanning products.
There are several different ways to achieve a sunless tan. The most popular are:
Seems straightforward enough. But regardless of method, tanning acne-prone skin is actually a tricky business. It’s not easy to hide blemishes beneath that golden sheen!
Tanning to cover your angry red breakouts seems like a great idea, in theory. Unfortunately, you won't always get that smooth finish you're hoping for.
There are a few problems that can pop up when trying to disguise acne beneath a fake tan:
Ultimately, trying to hide your breakouts with sunless tanning is a dicey prospect. Don't waste all that time and money on an uneven tan! Get off to the right start with a cleanser that won't dry you out and cause your skin to absorb extra tanner.
Skip the harsh acids and chemicals and choose a gentler option like our Radiant Cleansing Nectar. The Nectar doesn't use any skin-stripping synthetic ingredients, relying on the natural cleansing powers of minerals and botanicals. So your skin can feel fresh, hydrated, and ready to tan!
The good news: sunless tanning products probably won't cause breakouts in someone with naturally clear skin.
The bad news: if you struggle with acne already, tanning could be yet another trigger setting off your breakouts.
Users with sensitive skin are advised to look out for the following:
One last note. We know that you went to a lot of effort getting that fake tan to look just so. Naturally, you'll be nervous about doing anything that might screw it up!
But please, PLEASE do not skip your cleansing routine. This is a huge problem amongst sunless tan enthusiasts. Fear of washing away your tan can tempt you to skip your other skincare for a few days, but this is a recipe for breakout chaos!
While you're anxiously protecting your tan, your skin is piling up with oil, skin cells, makeup, and other impurities. Without a good cleanse, these start blocking pores all over the place, and it's not long until these clogged pores turn into full-fledged blemishes!
So, what's a girl to do? You don't want to risk the dangerous UV rays from regular sun tanning, but you don't want to smother or strip your complexion with fake tan products that don't meet your skin's needs.
Talk about a rock and a hard place!
Fortunately, a little thoughtfulness can make all the difference for a skin-safe sunless tanning routine. Instead of just grabbing the first tanning product you see, take these steps to create a kinder, gentler tanning regimen.
If all else fails, save tanning for a special occasion confidence-boost. Seriously! If constant tan maintenance is exhausting your skin or feeding a steady onslaught of acne blemishes, consider stepping down your tanning to an occasional event.
Fancy date? Bring it on!
Monday at the office? Maybe you can go au naturel for a while.
You're stunning with or without! xx
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