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What sunscreen can I use to avoid stripping my fake tan?Updated 3 months ago

It's great to hear you're prioritising skin protection while maintaining that beautiful glow! Here are some key points to consider to ensure your sunscreen choice helps maintain your fake tan:

  1. Opt for Mineral Sunscreens: These sunscreens sit on top of the skin rather than being absorbed, which can help prevent the acceleration of your tan fading. Look for ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
  2. Alcohol-Free Formulas: Alcohol can dry out the skin and potentially cause your fake tan to fade quicker. Check the ingredients list for alcohol-free options to help maintain your skin's moisture and tan longevity.
  3. Hydrating Ingredients: Sunscreens that contain moisturizing ingredients like aloe vera, glycerin, or hyaluronic acid can help keep your skin hydrated. Hydrated skin retains a fake tan better than dry skin.
  4. Gentle and Non-Exfoliating: Some sunscreens contain ingredients that can exfoliate the skin, leading to a faster fade of your tan. Aim for products that are labeled as gentle or for sensitive skin to avoid this.
  5. Water-Resistant: If you're planning to swim or sweat, look for water-resistant options. Though they won't completely protect your tan in water, they can offer better protection than non-water-resistant sunscreens.
  6. SPF Factor: While higher SPF offers more protection, SPF 30 is generally sufficient for regular use and is less likely to interfere with your fake tan. Remember to apply it liberally and reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.
  7. Application Method: Sprays can sometimes apply unevenly, which might affect your tan. Creams or lotions tend to offer a more controlled application, ensuring an even layer that doesn't disturb your tan.

In conclusion, while no sunscreen can guarantee your fake tan will remain untouched, following these guidelines can help you find a product that offers a good balance between protecting your skin and maintaining your tan. It's always a good idea to patch test a new sunscreen on a small area of your tanned skin to see how it reacts over 24 hours.

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