Sensitive skin? Consider going natural
We so often want to take care of ourselves and our skin by staying moisturised, screened and supple, but more often than not, if you have sensitive skin, you might be causing damage due to the synthetic chemicals that are used in many tanning products. Whilst they are safe to use, some people happen to suffer from rashes or other reactions when the product mixes with the natural balance of your skin. Be kind to yourself and reduce the likelihood of skin complaints and imbalances by opting for something a little more natural.
What could be causing a reaction?
It’s important to recognise the big ‘no-no’s when you’re selecting a tan for your skin. If you can, try and avoid any tanners with synthetic fragrances – always remember this if you have a history of very sensitive skin. You might already do this when you’re choosing your washing powder or fabric softener. When you’re shopping just take a second to read through the list of ingredients. That way you know what you’re applying on a daily basis: it’s important to be informed. Manufacturers can sometimes label many different chemicals under the ingredient ‘fragrance’. Look for this word, as well as all of those long chemical names. Try and say the chemical name and don’t use it if you can’t pronounce it.
What should I do instead?
Chose an all-natural, organic brand like Eco Tan. There are many tanners available that contain natural ingredients and moisturisers that are totally petrochemical free. Look for natural sources to be kinder and gentler to your skin – take that time to read the ingredients and do yourself a favour. Stay away from parabens, GMOs and dyes by using products that consist of natural essentials such as aloe vera, cacao, coffee, blood orange, ginger or mandarin, for example.
How should I apply it?
You might find that a spray is out of the question due to the composite chemicals that make up the propellant. Instead, opt for a cream or mousse format to minimise the presence and absorption of these chemicals. Plus, these products usually smell great too for an added bonus.