As we welcome in 2016 and start saying goodbye to winter, it’s time to prepare for spring and summer, my favourite seasons. Even though my worst flare ups are during this time, I try to embrace the seasons as much as I can by making sure I protect my skin.
My top tips:
- Always use sun cream
- Don’t stay in the sun too long
- Wear light, airy clothes
- Drink plenty of water
So if you’re after the golden glow tan and haven’t had time to catch the rays, fake tan is the one. Not only will you have a great tan, you won’t be damaging your skin. Before I go any further, the orange look is a definite NO, don’t walk around like you've been tangoed lol!
So is it safe to use fake tan with psoriasis? Yes, it is!
It’s all about prepping the skin
If you haven’t already tried using fake tan then my first and most important tip is to make sure you exfoliate your skin before applying tan. This will help it settle into the skin and give you that flawless look. I generally use fake tan when my flare up has calmed down and I am left with scaring. Although to be honest, I don’t worry as much anymore as I kind of like my scars.
Using fake tan on flared up plaques is difficult as it does not pick up too well and I find it dries my skin out a lot more. Sometimes fake tan can irritate the skin and this is because it contains DHA. You can get DHA free products which are better for people with psoriasis – the last thing we need is anything that might aggravate our skin!
What are the different product options?
But which one is best to use, I hear you ask? Unfortunately, it is a case of trial and error to find something that will suit your skin. Personally, I prefer the products that are easy to apply and that pick up colour within a few minutes rather than over a few hours or overnight.
One of my favourite products has to be Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs – it’s so easy to apply and gives great coverage. Tinted moisturisers are great too if you don’t want the full on tanned look and there are so many available for both the face and body.
If you haven’t already tried them, I also recommend giving the in-shower gradual tanning products a go. Using these will take bit longer, but will give you a great healthy look.
My all-time favourite has to be Simple Sun-Kissed Moisture Cream! I use this all year round and it really makes a difference. I tend to use it over my moisturiser to give me another layer of moisture as well as sun kissed skin.
How to avoid looking like you’ve been tangoed!
I really don’t like caked on fake tan, I am more about the golden glow! If you’re a first-timer, bronzing powders are also a great alternative if you don’t want to use fake tan.
It can sometimes be difficult to find the right colour and if you want to use fake tan to cover up, you might like to try makeup instead as there are a far greater range of colours available. This helps if you want to cover certain areas and don’t want to go through the hassle of getting fake tan everywhere!
What if I just want to cover up?
Sorry guys, this tip is for the ladies, tried and tested and loved! Before I became confident in showing my legs, it was a case of finding ways to cover them up. This usually meant thick black tights, leggings, trousers or jeans. After a while I did start wearing dresses and skirts, but I still lacked confidence and didn’t want to be in black tights all the time. Let’s be honest, sometimes you can make or break an outfit by wearing the right or wrong colours!
Some fashion choices required the natural look, so nude tights it was, but two or three pairs at once provided the coverage I needed to still feel good about myself. You can even wear nude tights with fishnets over the top!
I found this worked a treat as the skin couldn’t fall through the fishnet tights and definitely gave that boost that I needed.
Whatever your tanning choices, make sure you choose the option that makes you feel the most confident and enjoy strutting your stuff!
This content is not intended to advise you about your health. Always seek advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare professionals.
UK/IE 2013b/00059i; Date of preparation: February 2016