How often do you exfoliate? If you’re like most people, the answer is likely to be not enough, or maybe even never. The truth is that exfoliating can make a huge difference in your skin — and it’s more important than ever if you tan often. Here are some tips on why exfoliating skin before tanning can work wonders for your looks and how to go about it so that you get the best results from your self-care routine. Read on!
Why Exfoliation is Important Before You Tan
When you tan, the UV rays from the sun or tanning bed penetrate your skin and cause it to produce more melanin. This is a natural response which helps your skin protect itself from sunburn. But in order for this process to be effective, you have to start with clean and exfoliated skin. Dead skin cells on your skin can interfere with the tanning process, leaving you with uneven pigmentation and patches. Exfoliating your skin before you tan will remove these dead cells and prepare your skin for a more even, natural-looking tan.
If you’re not exfoliating your skin before tanning, dead skin cells can clog pores and make it difficult for the tanner to penetrate through the skin. The result is a patchy, uneven tan that will fade quickly. To avoid this situation, scrub away dead cells with an exfoliator or washcloth.
How to Exfoliate Your Skin
Turn the water pressure on high and let it hit your body for three minutes. This will help soften the skin and release trapped cells. Mix together a scrub of your choice and use it on the areas of skin you want to exfoliate. You can find scrubs in most grocery stores or make one at home with a handful of ingredients. For example, combine oatmeal, ground almonds, olive oil, and honey. Mix the ingredients together until they become a thick paste. Then apply the scrub to the areas you want scrubbed away. Leave the scrub on for five minutes before washing it off with warm water and soap. Try using a loofah or scrubbing brush in the shower instead of soap, which can be too harsh on your skin.
Once you’ve exfoliated your skin, it’s important to rehydrate. You can do this by applying some Aloe Vera Gel or Coconut Oil on your skin and allowing it to soak in. There are also a number of products on the market that can moisturize your skin while you tan.