Do you get itchy legs after applying a fake tanning product? How about some irritated bumps on your legs? I myself suffer from a sensitive skin at the best of times. So rather than leave white striped nail marks on my bronzed bod, I came up with ways to avoid the itchy scratchy sensation. After all, if you go to the hassle of fake tanning or gradual tanning, with the intention of getting your legs out, you want them to look good, not stripey and bumpy!
How to Avoid Itchy Legs After Fake Tanning
MY TIP: Do not apply fake tan or gradual tanning moisturizer on the days that you shave your legs. Applying self-tanning product on your legs on the same day you shave is not the best idea because your legs are still very sensitive. You strip your skin of its natural moisture so it becomes dry. And because it is dry, it can lead to very itchy legs. I like to apply my tan the next day. This allows my skin to heal and recover from shaving. When I use a self-tanner, I prefer to shave my legs after I have applied it. This can help bring the colour down to a more realistic tone to match the rest of my body. This seems to reduce irritation for me.
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Don’t Exfoliate the Same Day You Tan
Preparing your skin by scrubbing is the secret to creating the perfect canvas to apply your tan onto. By exfoliating your skin of dead skin cells, you bring to the surface the new skin cells. This results in more radiant and smoother skin, so after you apply the self-tanning products, your skin will have a more radiant glow. I like to have a really good scrub the night before I tan. This is so my body does not get irritated or too warm from the scrubbing or trigger hyperpigmentation. It is also because straight after getting out of the shower I find I am too hot so the tan may not set properly.
Choose Your Ingredients Wisely
Not all fake tans are created equal. If you are a sensitive individual you may want to do a quick read of the ingredients before you buy. I have experimented a lot with self-tanning lotions over the years and so far my favourite would have to be Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Dry Tanning Oil.
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Here are my 3 Top Picks for Self Tanners and Gradual Tanners in 2017
Bondi Sands Liquid Gold Dry Tanning Oil because it dries quickly, is really nourishing and doesn’t develop that tell tail fake tan smell.
2. Bondi Sands Self-Tanning Mist 250ml contains Vitamin E that helps moisturise and rejuvenate skin whilst leaving a professional salon quality tan within seconds.
3. Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam Dark 200ml is enriched with aloe vera and infused with fresh coconut scent for a lovely summer scented tan that gives that irresistible Australian sun-kissed glow.
Get help from self-tanning tools
To apply the perfect fake tan, sometimes you need help from some tools of the trade. Here are some of the popular picks.
Bondi Sands Self-Tanning Mitt helps with even and streak free application of self-tanning products. Also prevents leaving stains on your hands.
Bondi Sands Reusable Exfoliating Mitt Dual Action helps exfoliate dead skin cells for a perfect canvas and assists with correcting mistakes with the application of self-tanning products.
With all these options, who wouldn’t love their new sunkissed glow. Go ahead and check the other Bondi Sands offerings.