Self-tanners are one of those things many of us can’t do without. Most of us have now learned that tanning outside or in a tanning bed has horrible results for the health of our skin. The UV exposure ends up causing a lot of long term damage to our skin that in turn leads to premature aging. Avoiding that is generally a good idea for those of us concerned with taking care of our skin. Self-tanners let us do just that while still getting the much coveted tanned look. Transitioning to self-tanners can be rough for anyone used to tanning outside or in a bed though. This is because there are two broad categories of self-tanner: facial and body. These two can’t really be switched around easily without potentially running into issues. Most of these happen when we use body tanners on the face though. Let’s take a quick look at why this is so that we know exactly why we should make sure to use the proper product.
One point we need to actually make is the simple fact that body self-tanners are formulated towards working on the thicker skin of the majority of the body. Thicker skin is better able to resist damage, irritation, and other problems. The neck, the area immediately below it, and the face have far thinner skin. That ends up meaning that products formulated for the body have a far greater chance of causing accidental irritation due to the particular concentrations of individual ingredients. This is typically why you end up seeing “gentle” attached to many facial products. Self-tanners are no different in this respect. Facial self-tanners are formulated with avoiding this problem in mind. Avoiding irritating your skin when tanning helps to ensure your skin remains healthy at the same time that you’re working to improve its appearance. Admittedly, a lot of the time facial self-tanners are also formulated to moisturize and nourish the skin to add extra value to the product as well.
Body self-tanners tend to have a relatively narrow focus. They can afford it unlike facial self-tanners. That isn’t to say that self-tanning is all body products offer, but most of the time they tend to offer a little bit of light moisturizing at most. Facial self-tanners need to add in more to help offset the potential irritation of the skin as well as make up for their comparatively small usage area. This leads many manufacturers to ensure that their facial self-tanners help to support the skin through topical application of vitamins, rich moisturizing, and other helpful compounds. Facial tanners are often thicker overall to help them double as moisturizers. This allows manufacturers to ensure the product’s ingredients are at safe concentration levels for the face as well as ensuring that the product can rest safely on the skin for an extended period. The extra moisturizing goes a long way to keeping the skin soothed and comfortable too.
Perhaps the largest difference between facial and body self-tanners is whether they are noncomedogenic or not. Most body self-tanners are not going to worry about this. Noncomedogenic formulas, after all, are designed to avoid clogging pores and the body tends to be a bit more resilient in this category than the face. By contrast, it is relatively easy to accidentally clog facial pores between the various products we all use. A noncomedogenic product helps to sidestep the issue. Good quality facial self-tanners try to use such formula to help ensure that the skin of the face has as few issues as possible since everyone will see it. This helps to avoid extra breakouts as well as ensuring that your skin is better able to cope with any other issues that come up. Taking care of your skin by keeping an eye out for this will help you get the tanned look you desire without your skin suffering for it in the long run.
Self-tanners are a wonderful invention that help us avoid the main issues with other kinds of tanning. This way we get the healthy sun-kissed look without needing to worry about the long term effect it will have on our skin. There are crucial differences to remember between facial and body self-tanners though. You can use a facial self-tanner on your body, but it might not be strong enough to get the desired results. Using a body self-tanner on your face will likely result in irritation and potential breakouts. So stick to using the properly formulated products for each broad area.