How To: Deal with Sunburn and Tan Lines
Although we love salty hair, glowing skin and the care-free toll of summer, we don't love tan lines. A result of a little too much Vitamin D that can leave you feeling patchy, red and marked.
Firstly we want to say invest in a quality SPF and wear it everyday! That's one the best beauty tips around and you will benefit immensely. Secondly when it comes to creating an even all over glow the sun isn't the best option, we love our Base products and very proud that they are a safe alternative.
However if you are dealing with sunburn that lead to tan lines the best method is not to try and cover it but to let your skin heal and then try to disguise the lines and help them blend in.
If you have just been out in the sun and are showing more sun-burn then a tan it's best to avoid an instant tan. Your skin cells may shed at a higher rate then normal so covering them with a darker colour then having that shed or peal off in certain areas will only accentuate the problem. Try treating the skin with a cooling gel like ASAP or fresh aloe vera. Another good tip is to run a cool or lukewarm bath and use camomile tea bags in the water to help sooth the skin. Avoid any oil based products as these will trap the heat and make the burn worse.
Once your skin has calmed down and started to either tan or shed you can start to blend the colours being created through your skin. It's important to keep the skin hydrated and moisturised through this process which is why The Base Gradual Tanning Lotion works so well. It's super hydrating and calming for the skin as well as adding a touch of bronze to help your skin adjust and create an even coverage of colour.
You can continue to build and disguise the lines with the gradual tanner and also use the Wash Off Bronzing Gel if particular areas are more obvious then others. Apply using the tanning mitt for even coverage. Bouncing and reflecting light is also another great beauty trick to help hide uneven lines and really make you glow. Either dot it on the area and blend or for your limbs apply it in a line straight down the centre and blend slightly outwards, giving you more dimension and tricking the eye.
Once your tan lines are starting to settle and you skin is completely calm, exfoliate. Only do this if your sunburn has completely transformed into a tan or gone away you don't want it irritate and cause more damage to the skin. But exfoliation is a great way to shed dead skin and create even texture and therefore colour. It's also the prep work for an instant tan that will completely re-build your bronzed look that's even and a healthy, safe way to do so.