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Does Vitamin C affect self-tanner?Updated a month ago

Yes, Vitamin C can impact self-tanner. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help brighten the skin and even out skin tone. However, its acidic nature can interfere with the development of the self-tanner.


How Vitamin C Affects Self-Tanner:

  1. Oxidation: Vitamin C is known for its oxidation properties, which can potentially affect the DHA (dihydroxyacetone) in self-tanners. DHA is the active ingredient in self-tanners that reacts with the amino acids on the skin's surface to produce a bronzed colour. When DHA is exposed to antioxidants like Vitamin C, it can oxidise and become less effective, leading to an uneven or lighter tan.

  2. pH Levels: Self-tanners typically work best in a specific pH range. Vitamin C is acidic and can alter the skin's pH balance, potentially affecting the development of the tan. This can result in a less consistent colour or a tan that doesn't last as long.

  3. Brightening Effect: Vitamin C is used for its brightening properties, which can sometimes counteract the darkening effect of a self-tanner. Regular use of Vitamin C might lighten the tan over time.


Tips for Using Both:

  1. Separate Application: If you want to use both Vitamin C and a self-tanner, apply them at different times of the day. For instance, you can use Vitamin C in the morning and apply the self-tanner in the evening to minimise interaction.

  2. Wait Time: Ensure you wait a few hours between applying Vitamin C and a self-tanner. This allows each product to fully absorb and minimise potential interactions.

  3. Patch Test: Before applying both products to your entire face or body, do a patch test to see how they interact on your skin.


By carefully managing the application of Vitamin C and self-tanner, you can enjoy the benefits of both without compromising your tan!

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