Easy Hacks to Tackle Tan Lines This Summer
Ah, the dreaded Indian summer. On the other side of days at the beach, margaritas, and pool parties, there are sunburns, dehydration, and the worst of all evils – tan lines! For those of you who celebrate and love your tan, let’s get the bad news out of the way first – any kind of tanning, whether indoors or outdoors, is harmful. A tan is an indication that your skin is damaged – and damage is never good! There’s only so much that sunscreen can do, and nope, we’re not letting tan lines rain on our sundress parade. In a fix? Here are easy and quick hacks to tackle unwanted tan lines this summer.
Bronze, Baby, Bronze
If you weren’t mindful about potential tan lines before your previous swim, then yes, there’s no way you’re bringing out those strappy camis for a whole month, because the damage is already done. However, we’re here to flip that switch! To temporarily blur out existing tan lines, use a wash-off body bronzer. Apply the pigment on the lighter areas of your body and blend it out with a kabuki brush to create the perfect no-tan illusion.
Self-tanner for the Win
A self-tanner allows you to tan… without the sun and its side-effects! If you’re looking to create a long-lasting illusion of a tan (to, well, match your existing tan) that will withstand a swim or a day at the beach, a self-tanner is the way to go to even out the difference. Self-tanners are now available in several forms (sprays, mousses, lotions) and shades – so be sure to pick a tone that perfectly complements your natural melanin to blur out unwanted damage lines.
An unfortunate fact of life: tans do not fade overnight. A fortunate fact of life: the process can be accelerated! Retinol is made from Vitamin-A and surpasses the epidermis, making its way all the way to the dermis. Retinol helps neutralize free radicals to boost the production of collagen and exfoliate the skin to improve texture and tone. Use a retinoid-based lotion or exfoliator to speed up the process of eliminating your tan lines without further darkening your skin tone, but hey, don’t forget to pat-pat some sunscreen right after!
Take the Au Naturale Route
There are endless natural ingredients (probably snoozing in your pantry) that can help you tackle your stubborn tan without any potential side effects. Coffee and coconut oil are rich in vitamins and minerals and can accelerate the shedding of dead skin cells. Baking soda, aloe vera gel, and the concoction of lemon juice and honey can also help you tone down your tan naturally while amplifying the quality and texture of your skin. P.S. avoid the last method if you have sunburns.
Scrub, Sunscreen, Slay
Do you want to steer clear of stubborn tans from the get-go? Well, it’s easy, as long as you’re dedicated (and deathly afraid of getting tanned). Regularly exfoliate the parts of your body that are most prone to getting tanned. Always (and we cannot emphasize this enough) apply a sunscreen that offers you >SPF 50 and is curated to your skin type. It’s non-negotiable. Don’t forget to nourish your skin with Vitamin-E and other vital extracts to retain its natural glow and health. Finally, we know it goes without saying but we can never be too sure – avoid exposing yourself to the harsh summer sun, unless absolutely necessary!