Top tips for fake tan allergic reactions
1. Clean that product off!
I woke up in the morning with a bright red itchy and sore rash across my legs, so I jumped in the shower and gently cleaned my skin. Use lukewarm water and a gentle soap – something fragrance-free that won’t add to the irritation. I used a soap and a shower gel by Simple which are designed for sensitive skin. Gently pat dry.
2. Get on the antihistamines
I take them daily for hay fever anyway, but there are plenty available from supermarkets and drugstores. Make sure you can take them (and that you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients) and stick to the recommended dose! These should help keep your allergic reaction under control, but as stated above, go and seek medical advice if you’re concerned. Google is no substitute for a real doctor, guys and girls.
3. Invest in some calamine lotion
I’ll be honest, it smells bloody awful, it’s very drying and it will leave you with a white/pink tinge to your skin (pastels are on trend, right?) but it is so soothing. I bought a bottle from Boots and used after showering or bathing and just rubbed it over the affected area. It dries slightly white and streaky (it’s a strong look!) but I noticed an immediate difference. If you’re conscious of looking a strange colour, put it on at night and wash off in the morning. I used this for a week and while it did a great job of soothing, I did notice my skin got awfully dry so just a word of warning!
4. Pure aloe vera gel
Not your usual cream aftersun lotions. This stuff was an absolute Godsend! I got in to a routine of showering in the evening, applying calamine lotion, showering in the morning and applying aloe vera. It’s very soothing and it really helps with the itching, plus it won’t leave you a strange colour like the calamine lotion!
5. Let your skin breathe!
At every chance I got, I changed in to shorts to let my legs breathe. Jeans, trousers and tight-fitting clothes all made the itching and irritation worse, so get those limbs out in the open air.
6. Change your sheets!
If you slept in your tan overnight, make sure you change and wash anything that it came in to contact with e.g. sheets, pyjamas, sweatpants etc. You don’t want to risk there being any residue of the product on there that could cause even more irritation for your skin.
7. Wait until your allergic reaction has gone down
Make sure your reaction has completely gone down before playing around with other skincare products – even if it’s just your usual moisturiser or a scented shower gel. Your skin is going to be very sensitive while all of this is going on, so give it some time to heal.