Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Your help is needed

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?

9 comments:

PCD (Pretty Circle Drawer) said...

hmmmmm....sadly i have nothing to offer. it seems that tans i've received in the states usually give me no issues. but tans i've gotten overseas are usually darker, crazier, splotchier and just a MESS in general. i just let them do their things its crazy i know...same sun, but whatev ;-)

B said...

I can honestly say that I have never had a "tan". Even traveling overseas and living in Florida (which means I'm always at the beach) has not affected my skin too much; at least I can't tell. I would definitely suggest speaking with a derm or contacting one of those beauty bloggin' derms. They are pretty knowledgeable!

The Frugalista Files said...

She needs to run to the dermatologist. Sunburn is serious business.

Brown Girl Gumbo said...

I don't think I've ever had a real tan either. I've never had this problem. I wish I could help. :-(

Dominican Enigma said...

tell her to use some sort of oatmeal exfoliant. should remove the excess dead skin. hugs, de

Jamila said...

I agree with Dominican Enigma. I would try an exfoliator once or twice a week. DDF makes an AHA/BHA exfo. wash. The AHA/BHA act as a chemical exfo. while the jojoba beads will do the mechanical exfo. Be sure to moisturize really well and wear sunscreen. AHAs and BHAs make you sun sensitive. If you are noticing and change in the texture of the skin (i.e. extra dry, tight) go to a derm.

TravelDiva said...

Thanks guys!!!! And thanks PJD for the responsive post!

This is probably my first real tan--I mean where my nose actually peeled. I will try the suggestions, but in the event the problem persists, I will have to check out a dermatologist.

Thanks again!

Product Junkie Diva said...

Thanks to everyone for responding.
Traveldiva I hope this works out well for you.
PJD

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