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Fake tanning tips for sensitive skin

Skin sensitivity and sunless tanning.

A guide to tanning for people with delicate skin.

Hypersensitivity can be difficult to deal with during the winter months when the cold weather draws out moisture from the skin, leaving it feeling uncomfortable and chapped. But don’t be afraid to use sunless tanner to add radiance and shine to your temperamental skin. Here’s our guide to tanning for sensitive skin types:

1. Choose a skin-friendly tanning brand. Sienna X tanning products are formulated using natural ingredients including soothing Aloe Vera, making them perfect for people who need to take extra special care of their tender skin. Plus our entire delicately-fragranced tanning range is free from alcohol and parabens, which can often exacerbate skin sensitivity.

2. Do a patch test. If you’re using sunless tanner for the first time and you suffer with sensitive skin you may find it useful to do a quick patch test. Apply a small amount of fake tan to an inconspicuous area, such as behind your ear, and allow the colour to develop. If you feel any discomfort or itchiness simply wash off using a gentle cleanser or soap.

If you find that your skin has become beautifully golden after the guide colour has developed you can go ahead and apply self tanner to your entire body without concern. However, use a gentle exfoliator a day before your treatment to remove dead skin cells, veering away from abrasive options that will only work to aggravate your sensitivity.

3. Moisturise regularly. Dry, chapped or tight skin will need to be moisturised following your treatment to hydrate the skin and boost the life of your tan. In fact we recommend moisturising daily no matter what your skin type to ensure that your sun-kissed hue lasts as long as possible. Moisturisers containing nourishing ingredients like Aloe Vera are ideal for sensitive dry skin because they are gentle, natural and effective.