The Importance of Moisturising After Fake Tan

The crucial post-tanning step you are probably missing
The Importance of Moisturising After Fake Tan

Achieving that flawless, natural-looking tan isn't just about the application process – it's also about what comes after. 

Enter moisturising – the unsung hero in maintaining a beautiful fake tan.

The Science Behind Fake Tan

Fake tan works by colouring the outermost layer of the skin, typically using active ingredients like dihydroxyacetone (DHA). While this gives the appearance of a tan, the process can leave the skin feeling dry and dehydrated. Dry skin not only affects the overall appearance of the tan, leading to patchiness and streaks, but it also shortens its lifespan. This is where moisturisers come into play, replenishing the skin's moisture barrier and ensuring a smoother, longer-lasting tan.

Benefits of Moisturising Fake Tan

The benefits of moisturising after fake tan are truly endless. 

  1. Firstly, it helps to prevent patchiness and streaks by keeping the skin hydrated and smooth. 
  2. Consistent moisturisation extends the lifespan of the fake tan, allowing you to enjoy your bronzed glow for longer. 
  3. It can enhance the overall appearance of the tan, giving it a more natural and radiant finish. 
  4. Last but not least, regular moisturising reduces the risk of skin irritation or allergic reactions, ensuring a comfortable experience.

 

 

Choosing the Right Moisturiser for Fake Tan

When it comes to choosing a moisturiser for fake tan, compatibility is key. Opt for a moisturiser specifically formulated for use with fake tan, as these are less likely to interfere with the tan's colour or longevity. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and natural oils, which help to hydrate and nourish the skin without compromising the tan. Some tried-and-tested options include lightweight, non-comedogenic formulas that absorb quickly without leaving a greasy residue. 

Our Hydrating Body Serum is a terrific self-tan primer or post-product, formulated with 5 cascading levels of hyaluronic acid for multi-level hydration, niacinamide & ceramide complex.

What’s the Difference Between a Moisturiser and a Gradual Tanning Moisturiser?

The key difference between a moisturiser and a gradual tanning moisturiser is that while a moisturiser focuses solely on hydrating the skin, a gradual tanning moisturiser also provides a gradual self-tanning effect thanks to the addition of a self-tanning agent, such as dihydroxyacetone (DHA), giving the skin a sun-kissed glow that gradually develops over time rather than a traditional mousse self tanner.

Similarly, there can also be a difference in moisturisation level between the two products, with gradual tanning moisturisers being a lighter consistency than a traditional moisturiser, which can offer a thicker and more hydrating feel.

Tips for Moisturising Fake Tan

To get the most out of your fake tan, it's essential to establish a pre- and post-tan moisturising routine. 

  • Before applying fake tan, exfoliate your skin to remove any dead cells and ensure a smooth canvas for application. 
  • After fake tanning, moisturise regularly to maintain hydration and prolong the life of your tan. Aim to moisturise at least once or twice daily, paying extra attention to dry areas like elbows, knees, and ankles. 
  • When applying moisturiser, be gentle and avoid rubbing too vigorously, as this can cause the tan to fade prematurely. 

Another great product to use post-tan is the Antioxidant Body Whip. Enriched with shea butter, jojoba oil and grapefruit extract to intensely hydrate and nourish dry or damaged skin.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

While moisturising is crucial for maintaining a fake tan, there are some common mistakes to avoid. 

  • One of the most common pitfalls is over-moisturising, which can dilute the fake tan and cause it to fade unevenly. 
  • Using incompatible products, such as oil-based moisturisers or harsh exfoliants, can disrupt the tan's appearance and longevity. 
  • Neglecting to moisturise regularly can lead to dry, flaky skin and premature fading of the tan.

 Additional Tips for Maintaining a Fake Tan

In addition to moisturising, there are some other tips and tricks for maintaining a fake tan. 

  1. Exfoliate and shave the day before you intend to tan to ensure that your pores are closed and can help to avoid additional irritation for the skin 
  2. After fake tanning, avoid prolonged exposure to water or excessive sweating, as this can cause the tan to fade more quickly. 
  3. Be sure to store and handle fake tan products properly to ensure their efficacy and longevity. Keep them in a cool, dark space, away from direct sunlight.

Moisturising after fake tan is not just a luxury – it's a necessity for achieving and maintaining a flawless, natural-looking tan. 

By choosing the right moisturiser, establishing a regular moisturising routine, and avoiding common mistakes, you can enjoy a radiant glow that lasts. So, embrace your inner bronzed goddess and make moisturising a priority in your fake tan regimen. 

Your skin will thank you for it!

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