While drooling over her lovely pictures form Portugal you may have noticed fellow blogger Traveldiva's beautiful skin. Unfortunately, the sun helped to leave her with an unwelcomed parting gift. Here is what she wrote --"I got a major tan in Portugal, despite my neutrogena 70 spf. Anyway, I think the tan is fading unevenly, as I've noticed some light spots on my face. I've always had even skin so it's kind of shocking. I'm using an even skin cleanser from ambi and moisturizer from aveeno, drinking water, etc. Are there any other products that you think might be helpful to even out skin?"
My Response- Whenever I would get a tan I would just allow it to wear off gradually. I only used cocoa butter to cover my skin. However my tan seemed to go away evenly which makes me wonder if you received a more severe sun burn. Do you have any peeling of the skin etc.? Perhaps a dermatologist would have something better to offer, since this is your skin we don't want to mess around. There are lightening creams out there like topiclear ($5.50) and even one from the Even line from Ambi but I don't know how those creams would work on a tan since they are marketed towards those with hyperpigmentation. I don't know what it looks like beneath the surface of our skin so I don't know if the darker areas where you are tanned will register in the same way as hyperpigmentation. Both are in some way or another connected to melanin but again I am just not certain about how those products will react to tanned skin. Maybe cocoa butter would work well for you.
Everyone out there in beauty blogging land please share your advice in this area. What has worked for you in this situation?